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Effective Treatment for Endometriosis in Orlando

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatment for endometriosis in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. Endometriosis is a disease that affects your reproductive organs and monthly menstrual cycle. It can cause cramps and pain during your periods or pelvic pain throughout the month. If you have this disease and it is not treated, your health can be affected. But, with early diagnosis and treatment, endometriosis can be managed. To learn more about treatment for endometriosis in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Endometrial hyperplasia (endometriosis) is the medical term for unusual or excessive cell growth in the inner glandular lining of the uterus, also called theendometrium. Most of the time, endometriosis is uncomplicated and easily treated by your ob/gyn provider, with minimal intervention. 

 

What is Endometriosis

If you have endometriosis, endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus in the pelvic cavity. During your menstrual cycle, this extra tissue swells with blood along with the normal tissue in your uterus. The tissue may also release tiny drops of blood. The swelling and blood irritate nearby tissues, causing pain and cramps. Constant irritation may cause scar tissue to form. This scar tissue can bind organs together and cause trouble getting pregnant (infertility).

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Causes of Endometriosis

Currently, researchers don't know the main cause of endometriosis, however, there are several explanations as to why the condition may develop:

  • Retrograde menstruation. Instead of normal menstruation occurring, blood containing endometrial cells flow back into the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity. Instead of flowing out of the body, these cells stick to the pelvic walls and surface of the pelvic organs, where they continue to grow and bleed over the menstrual cycle period. 
  • Embryonic cell growth. The cells that line the abdominal and pelvic cavities are grown from embryonic cells. When one or more of these areas develop into endometrial tissue, endometriosis can occur. 
  • Surgical scar implantation. If you've had a hysterectomy or a C-section, endometrial cells can sometimes attach to a surgical incision area. 
  • Endometrial cells transport. In some cases, blood vessels or tissue fluid may transport endometrial cells to other parts of the body. 
  • Immune system disorder. If there is a problem with the immune system, it may result in the body not being able to recognize and destroy endometrial tissue that has started to grow outside the uterus.
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Symptoms of Endometriosis

If you have endometriosis, you may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Symptoms such as pelvic pain, cramping, lower back pain and abdominal pay may begin before and extend several days into your period.
  • Pain during intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain during bowel movements or urination (most often during your period). 
  • Excessive bleeding. Symptoms such as heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).
  • Infertility. Endometriosis may be first discovered when a woman is being treated for infertility. 
  • Other symptoms. These may include fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

To learn more about treatment for endometriosis in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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Stages of Endometriosis

The stages of endometriosis are ranked as follows: Minimal (I), Mild (II), Moderate (III), or Severe (IV). Staging depends on certain factors. These include the number, size, and site of the implants. The stage also depends on the extent of the adhesions and whether other pelvic organs are involved. The severity of your disease may not match the pain you feel. Even mild endometriosis can cause a lot of pain.

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Risk Factors of Endometriosis

Risk factors for endometriosis include the following: 

  • Never having given birth 
  • If one or more of your relatives had endometriosis (mother, aunt, or sister)
  • Prior medical attention that may have prevented the normal passage of menstrual fluid out of the body
  • A history of pelvic infection 
  • Uterine abnormalities

In most cases, endometriosis develops several years after the beginning of menstruation. Most symptoms end temporarily with pregnancy and end permanently with menopause. 

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Tests to Diagnose Endometriosis

In order to properly diagnose a potential case of endometriosis, your physician will ask you to describe your symptoms, including the location of your pelvic pain and when it occurs. 

Tests to check for physical clues of endometriosis include:

  • Pelvic exam 
  • Ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy
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Treatment for Endometriosis

Your physician may recommend the following treatment for pelvic pain and/or endometriosis depending on your age, the location of your pelvic pain, and your symptoms:

  • Pain Medications
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Conservative Surgery
  • Hysterctomy 

da Vinci Hysterectomy for Endometriosis

A new, minimally invasive approach to hysterectomy, da VinciHysterectomy, combines the advantages of conventional open and minimally invasive hysterectomies – but with potentially fewer drawbacks.

For patients, the benefits of da Vinci Hysterectomy may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

It is performed using the da Vinci System, which enables surgeons to perform surgical procedures with unmatched precision, dexterity and control. Read about what may be the most effective, least invasive approach to hysterectomy – da Vinci Hysterectomy.

To learn more about treatment for endometriosis in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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To learn more about treatment for endometriosis in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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