Surgical Excision of Endometriosis for Pelvic Pain in Wayne, NJ
Pelvic pain is a common gynecological condition that affects women of all ages. The pain occurs in the pelvis (area between the hip and bladder), and has typically been present daily for more than three to six months.
The most common cause of chronic pelvic pain is endometriosis, a benign gynecologic condition where the uterine lining (endometrium) is present within the abdomen and pelvis.
Fortunately, endometriosis can be treated with medications such as oral contraceptives, high dose Ibuprofen, and hormonal therapy. Surgery for endometriosis is generally offered when the patient has not responded to medications, or when the pain is severe. Surgery can also be helpful as a means of investigating the cause of pain, infertility or failed IVF. If endometriosis is discovered during surgery, it can be either cauterized (burned) or removed (excised). Normal anatomy should be restored and pain-causing scar tissue should be COMPLETELY removed.
There have been tremendous technological advances in treating endometriosis with minimally invasive surgery. Small incisions result in minimal tissue destruction, faster recovery and less post-operative pain. Depending on the surgeon’s skill and experience, both laparoscopic and robotic methods are highly effective.
Dr Ghomi exclusively performs robotic surgery to excise endometriosis. Robotic surgery allows for superior visualization of the surgical field with unmatched precision of instrumentation. Advocates of robotic surgery believe it provides a more complete surgical removal of endometriosis than does laparoscopy, especially in severe cases of endometriosis. There is, however, no conclusive scientific evidence to support this belief, and as in any procedure, the surgeon’s experience and expertise ultimately dictate the outcome.
Most patients with chronic endometriosis do well with a combination of surgery and medical management, and go on to lead active, pain-free productive lives. Most infertile couples are able to conceive after endometriosis treatment, either spontaneously or with medical assistance. Diagnosis of endometriosis should not foster self-pity or helplessness. It is very important for the endometriosis patient to assume an active role in her treatment and seek the services of a health professional who will listen to her concerns and guide her through treatment options.
Dr Ghomi’s office is conveniently located in North Jersey for consultative visits.