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When is surgery an option for endometriosis?

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If the pain from your endometriosis is severe and medication doesn’t help enough, you may consider surgery. Your surgeon can find the endometriosis inside your body and remove some of the tissue.

There are other things to think about, including whether you want to get pregnant in the future. Some endometriosis operations can permanently affect whether you can have children, so you should talk about that with your doctor so you know what options are a good fit for you.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis -- Treatment.”

National Institutes of Health: “What are the treatments for endometriosis?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Endometriosis.org: “Surgery,” “Laparoscopy: Before and after tips,” “Hysterectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Exploratory Laparotomy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis -- Treatment.”

National Institutes of Health: “What are the treatments for endometriosis?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Endometriosis.org: “Surgery,” “Laparoscopy: Before and after tips,” “Hysterectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Exploratory Laparotomy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 12, 2019

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