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When should you consider surgery for endometriosis?

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Whether you should have surgery may depend on your age and your condition. You may want to consider it if:

  • You have severe pelvic pain.
  • Medication doesn’t tame your symptoms.
  • You have trouble getting pregnant.
  • You have a growth in your pelvic area that needs to be removed.

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 09, 2018

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 09, 2018

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