Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center
Robotic Surgery & Cosmetic Gynecology Practice located in El Paso, TX
Many women from all over the United States and abroad travel to Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center in El Paso, Texas, to seek help for endometriosis. Expert minimally invasive surgeon Richard Farnam, MD, uses the most advanced laser and robotic technology to completely excise endometriosis. Dr. Farnam’s excision technique is superior to the ablation method used by the average OB/GYN physician. This commonly used ablation procedure only reduces a portion of the endometriosis implants, leaving many women with persistent pain and early recurrence. If you’re looking for a superior endometriosis treatment that relieves pain and enhances fertility, call or book an appointment online today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition that causes the tissue that normally develops inside your uterus and sheds during your menstrual period to grow in places it shouldn’t. This condition most often affects your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and the lining of your pelvis. However, endometriosis can spread beyond your pelvic organs, even as far as the brain.
When you have endometriosis, the displaced tissue continues to behave like it normally would, growing and shedding with your menstrual cycle. Since it has no way to leave your body, abnormal endometrial tissue gets stuck.
This condition is a common cause of pelvic pain. In some cases, the pain of endometriosis is so severe it may cause you to miss several days of work or school every month.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Pelvic pain is the primary symptom of endometriosis. Other common symptoms of this condition include:
- Painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Painful urination
- Painful bowel movements
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
Endometriosis may also make it harder for you to get pregnant, but proper treatment from Dr. Farnam and his team can help.
Who gets endometriosis?
Endometriosis is common, affecting more than 11% of women of childbearing years. Several factors may increase your risk of getting endometriosis, such as:
- Having never had children
- Family history of endometriosis
- Periods that last more than seven days
- Menstrual cycles that are shorter than 27 days
This condition can affect any woman who gets menstrual periods but is particularly common among women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis symptoms typically end permanently with menopause.
How do you treat endometriosis?
There are several medications that treat endometriosis, but they’re often ineffective and can’t be used if you’re trying to get pregnant. At Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Farnam offers laparoscopic laser excision to treat endometriosis.
Before the procedure, Dr. Farnam performs a thorough physical exam to ensure this treatment is the best option for you.
During laparoscopic laser surgery, Dr. Farnam uses advanced techniques to remove all the abnormal endometrial tissue from your pelvis. In addition to relieving pain and troublesome symptoms, this procedure may help you become pregnant.
To learn more about endometriosis treatment options, call Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center or book an appointment online.