What is Endometriosis?
Every month, the uterus expels the blood and tissue that it no longer needs or can use. Occasionally, that tissue may escape into the pelvis and cause debilitating pelvic pain even throughout the cycle. Simply explained, it is tissue growing outside of the uterus.
What are the symptoms of Endometriosis?
Pelvic pain around their menstrual cycle, but constant abdominal or pelvic pain is also common.
Pain with bowel movements, urination, and intercourse.
Why do I have Endometriosis?
The working theory behind endometriosis is "retrograde menstruation." Instead of leaving the body, the tissue stays in the pelvis. We do not know why some women get endometriosis and others do not. Endometriosis has also been discovered in c-section scars, the belly button, and even in the lungs!
Endometriosis appears different than the healthy, pink appearance of the pelvis
Am I at risk for Endometriosis?
Some risk factors for endometriosis may include never given birth, starting your period at an early age, going through menopause at an older age, and short menstrual cycles — for instance, less than 27 days. Also, having heavy menstrual periods that last longer than seven days, having higher levels of estrogen in your body, or low body mass index. Having relatives (mother, aunt or sister) with endometriosis is also a risk factor given family genetics.
What are the treatment options for Endometriosis?
Medications (e.g. pain medications, hormone balancing medications).
Alternative strategies (e.g. diet modification, physical therapy, acupuncture).
The Gynecology Institute is proud to offer minimally invasive endometriosis surgery. Precision and control is practiced with the use of a Da Vinci robot, where our physicians are allowed to look closer and perform more accurate surgeries.
Our physicians are well aware that most patients want to keep their reproductive organs in order to get pregnant in the future. Our physician meticulously works around the reproductive organs to ensure they are safe.
What are the benefits of Endometriosis treatment?
Less abdominal and pelvic pain.
Improved fertility as endometriosis might cause infertility.
Less painful sex
What is the treatment process for Minimally Invasive Endometriosis Surgery?
At your initial visit, we will review your menstrual history and any previous labs and scans that you provide. We will also discuss your wants and needs and review all of your options. If necessary, we will order more tests and decide together your best course of action. All this in a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere.
While these surgeries are usually performed in the hospital, our goal is still the same: effective treatment in a healing environment. Many of our endometriosis treatments are performed as an outpatient, and you can go home the same day. We will ensure you have your medications and instructions for care at home before you leave the hospital
Depending on the procedure, recovery can be from 7 days for a laproscopic procedure to 6 weeks for a more complicated surgery. During the first day or two after any procedure, it is best to rest at home to monitor your pain. Make sure to take your prescribed medications. It's also good to keep a symptom or cycle diary to discuss with your provider to monitor your progress after surgery.
Is Endometriosis treatment right for me?
We treat many patients in all ages, patients who have had children, patients who never had children, and patients who are busy with their careers. Pelvic pain, abdominal pain, and pain when urinating are common symptoms amongst our patients.
We are here to listen to your needs and together determine what is best for you.
Treating endometriosis and pelvic pain with our gynecologist Dr.Williams can make the difference between just having a procedure and empowering your entire well being.
"Jasmine and Trinity are AMAZING practitioners! I have never really felt comfortable with previous gynecologist offices, especially since I've had to experience some fairly rude practitioners in the past-but Jasmine made me feel so comfortable before, during, and after my pap."
"I am absolutely amazed! I hate going to the Dr. because usually I book through a large hospital network and have to wait for 3 months before I can be seen. I called the office to see if they took my insurance on Friday, and went in for my first appointment today.
Dr. Williams, was warm, informative, educational, patient, kind, and gentle. She asked about what I was experiencing, what information I was operating under, then gave me logic, science and facts to back up her recommendations."
"The entire office is warm and welcoming promoting patient confidence in the cutting edge treatments offered. Dr. Williams concern for patient comfort is always a top priority. Every step is explained in such an informative manner that any fear of pain is eliminated. She brought me from feeling miserable to healthy normal. I’ve recommended her to friends and they’ve been extremely grateful. She’s great!"