Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of uterine tissue (endometrium) outside of the uterus.
Endometriosis can occur on fallopian tubes, ovaries (mostly as a cyst), bladder, and bowel or even beyond the pelvis and genitals.
Areas of endometrial tissue could be found on abdominal wall (in the cutaneous and subcutaneous fat tissue or intramuscularly).
It is a condition which develops after a uterine surgery especially after a Cesarean section.
Most patients who exhibit symptoms are women of childbearing age, so the diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 25 - 45.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease and the most common symptom are the painful or heavy periods and painful intercourse.
Why is laparoscopy the treatment of choice?
The diagnostic accuracy of laparoscopy for the detection of endometriosis is very high; especially in experienced hands which remains the cornerstone of every medical practice.
In many cases, the resection of endometriosis cannot be performed with “naked eye” during laparotomy especially if the lesions of endometriosis are tiny. On the other hand, laparoscopy provides us a clear view of the area using high magnification.
Moreover, endometriosis can be diagnosed and treated at the same time during laparoscopy respecting the anatomical structure and the surrounding reproductive tissues (uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes).
The surgery also relieves endometriosis symptoms such as pelvic pain and improves the fertility and pregnancy rates.
If there was only one absolute indication for a laparoscopy surgery, this one would undoubtedly be the endometriosis resection!
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Consult Dr. Marinakis a specialist Gynecologist - Endoscopic surgeon.
Doctor should examine you in order to be assured that there is an indication for a Laparoscopic surgery.
If they have discouraged you from Laparoscopy, and you do not have enough information not only about the indications of the procedure, but also about your plan of treatment, you might have been in the wrong place!
Overall, laparoscopy is a really safe procedure; however every single medical procedure is safe only if it is managed by a specialist.
Gynecologist Dr. Marinakis specialises in gynecological hysteroscopy. He is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was also a member of Laparoscopic training unit “MATTU” in United Kingdom.
How much does a laparoscopy cost?
The cost of a laparoscopic procedure is low and it usually depends on your health insurance cover.