Endometriosis is a condition whereby tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb. It is a common problem particularly in women of reproductive years. The condition is estimated to affect approximately 2 million women in the UK.
While the symptoms of endometriosis can vary widely among different women, the following symptoms could suggest that you may have endometriosis:
- Heavy periods
- Painful periods
- Pelvic pain
- Painful sex
- Pain/bleeding with bowel movements
- Pain on passing urine
- Abdominal bloating
- Loss of energy/tiredness/exhaustion
Here at Wiltshire Gynaecology Services, following consultation and initial investigation like pelvic ultrasound scan, we offer laparoscopy, which is the gold-standard tool, for diagnosing and treating endometriosis.
Laparoscopy is key-hole surgery carried out under general anaesthetic in order to look directly into the pelvis and the abdomen. Any endometriosis, if found can be treated simultaneously. The procedure is usually carried out as a day-case, meaning that you will be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.