Endometriosis is a health condition that affects a woman's reproductive system. It occurs when the endometrial tissues that are normally found inside the uterus begin to grow inside the abdominal cavity. The tissues can attach to other organs, causing lesions as they spread throughout the abdomen. During your menstrual cycle, the tissues also bleed causing blood to collect in the abdomen.
Endometriosis can affect your menstrual cycle as well as your ability to conceive a child. Early detection is the key to preventing long-term damage to your internal organs. If you're experiencing abnormal bleeding and abdominal pain, you should discuss the situation with Dr. Adams so that he can create an appropriate treatment plan immediately.
While hormone replacement therapy can reduce the internal bleeding and the spread of the lesions, it won't do anything for the tissue that already exists outside of your uterus. In most cases, the only way to eliminate the spread of the endometrial tissue is by performing a hysterectomy and using a laser procedure to cauterize the endometrial tissue.
The endometrial tissues that make their way outside of the uterus can attach to the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and almost any other nearby organ. When that occurs, it can hinder the ovary's efforts to release an egg so that it has a chance of making it through the Fallopian tubes and into the uterus. The scar tissue that’s created as the tissue spreads can cause further complications, too.
If Dr. Adams suspects you may have endometriosis, he’ll perform a thorough examination to determine which treatment options are best suited for the situation. If it comes to a laparoscopic procedure, you can rest assured in in his expertise: Dr. Adams is a highly skilled OB/GYN physician who can conduct such treatments with lasers and robotic mechanisms to achieve the most precise results.
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