Endometriosis affects up to 11% of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44, making it a fairly common condition. What isn’t common is the pain and discomfort endometriosis can cause, making a trip to Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists a good idea. Led by David Martin, MD, the team offers diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis, providing women in Knoxville, Tennessee, with much-needed relief. For more information, call today or use the online button to request an appointment.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of your uterus grows outside of the organ, often draping itself over your:
The problem with endometriosis is that this lining still acts as it would inside your uterus, and thickens with your menstrual cycle. When it comes time for the lining to shed out, it has nowhere to go, so it creates adhesions, or scar tissue, on these structures.
Medical researchers still haven’t determined the exact cause of endometriosis, which typically develops in women in their 30s and 40s.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is the pain, which is often more pronounced during your period. Outside of your period, you may experience a dull pain in your lower abdomen and in your low back. Aside from the pain, you may also experience problems with:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek diagnosis and treatment at Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists.
When you come in, Dr. Martin sits down with you to review your symptoms, and then he performs a pelvic exam. He may also turn to advanced imaging, such as ultrasound, to get a good look at what’s going on both inside and outside your uterus to confirm whether endometriosis is behind your problems.
If he suspects endometriosis, Dr. Martin may use laparoscopic techniques to determine the extent of the condition. In fact, he also uses robotic laparoscopy to remove some of the more problematic adhesions to bring you relief from your pain. This combination of robotic and laparoscopic technology allows Dr. Martin an unprecedented accuracy and precision in solving your problem.
If your endometriosis doesn’t respond to more conservative surgical approaches, Dr. Martin may recommend a hysterectomy, along with an oophorectomy (removing your ovaries). He also performs this procedure using the latest robot-assisted laparoscopic techniques to minimize your surgical risks.
If you’re suffering from endometriosis, you can find relief at Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists. Call the office or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.
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