Endometriosis is a female disease in which endometrial-like tissue is found outside of the uterus in other parts of the body. Lesions are characterized as estrogen-dependent, benign, inflammatory, stem-cell driven and at times progressive with diffuse fibrosis, deep infiltration, and resistance to apoptosis (cell death) and progesterone. This tissue, which normally lines the uterus, is associated with monthly menstruation and is often characterized by abnormal painful and heavy periods, as well as pelvic pain, severe cramps, and pain with sex. (dyspareunia).
Endometriosis is a painful reproductive disorder that affects 176 million women worldwide . The economic impact of disease is staggering: Businesses lose billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of the disease. A leading cause of infertility and chronic pelvic pain, it has also been linked to other health concerns, including certain autoimmune diseases, fibroids, adenomyosis, interstitial cystitis, and even certain cancers. It is also one of the leading reasons for laparoscopic surgery and hysterectomy in the United States.
Where does endometriosis occur in the body?
Typical: Endometriosis typically develops on the pelvic structures including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and bowels (intestines).
Common: It is common for the disease to develop on the top of the vagina (anterior cul-de-sac) and in the peritoneal cavity between the rectum and the posterior wall of the uterus (posterior cul-de-sac).
Rare: The disease can spread to the diaphragm, lungs, kidney, appendix, and, surprisingly, the gastrocnemius (calf muscles).
What are the stages?
American Society of Reproductive Medicine Severity Classifications
What are the Descriptive Classifications?
Because the 4 commonly used classifications of the disease do not have any correlation to a patient’s symptoms or the nature of the infiltration itself, we often use a more descriptive system:
What is the first step needed in order to diagnose?
Before any imaging is done, you should speak with a GYN physician who is familiar with diagnosing endometriosis and can provide a full comprehensive pelvic exam. Between the physical exam and informing them of your symptoms and past medical history, a physician will have a better understanding if imaging tests are needed.
What are the imaging tests used to identify?
In order to properly diagnose a patient with endometriosis, one or multiple of the following imaging tests must be conducted in order to ensure that a patient is in need of surgery:
What imaging tests help definitively diagnose during surgery?
While in an operating room, a well-trained and experienced GYN surgeon will be able to visualize any anatomical abnormalities or endometriosis lesions through the following tests:
How is it detected?
While a physical exam and other imaging tests can give insight into whether or not a patient may have endometriosis, the only way to definitively diagnose endometriosis is through laparoscopic excision surgery. This must be accompanied by a biopsy sample that is sent to pathology in order to confirm a diagnosis of the disease.
What are the treatments?
There is currently no cure for endometriosis but there are surgical and non-surgical treatment options for pain and infertility related to endometriosis.
What are non-surgical ways that can relieve symptoms?
It is important to note that the following methods are not treatments of the disease itself, but rather are a mean to control a patient’s pain and symptoms. They provide a relief, not a cure.
What surgical procedures can be performed during surgery?
There are a variety of surgical treatments that a patient can undergo to treat endometriosis depending on the severity, stage, and abundance of the endometrioma lesions.
As a patient, your health and wellbeing come first. Having had decades of experience, we know that this is the most important aspect in treating the disease. Every patient is different and therefore every patient must be heard.
Menoka M. was experiencing severe pelvic pain for the past seven years and was not diagnosed with endometriosis for nearly five years. After seeing many doctors and having several surgeries, Menoka found us and was soon scheduled for laparoscopic deep excision surgery. Read about Menoka's journey here, as well as how she is doing now.
You can read more stories of patients with endometriosis, of varying stages, in our testimonial section.
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I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…
I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…
Dr. Seckin brought me back to life! I am now 3 weeks into my recovery after my laparoscopy surgery, and I feel like a new and improved woman! Being diagnosed with Endometriosis, then 25yrs old in 2015, and discovering the severity of my case being stage 4, made me devastated. Dr. Seckin's vast knowledge of the disease, sincere empathy, and…
My wife had her laparoscopic excision surgery to remove endometriosis with Dr. Seckin on Jan 30, 2014. She doesn't write online reviews so I'm writing this on her behalf. I accompanied her with each office visit she had. The staff--Lucy and Kim, are very friendly, warm and professional. Dr. Seckin was excellent in every capacity. He spent a lot of…
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I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19. I saw several Endometriosis "Specialists" since then, had a few laproscopic surgeries to "remove" the endometriosis and continued to be in pain. I had a hysterectomy in 2012 and was told this would stop the pain once and for all. No such luck! Tired of spending days in bed with a heating pad,…
I researched and found Dr. Seckin after dealing with years of doctors who couldn't help me or refused to go the extra mile for their patients. I have to say I am truly blessed to have found such a compassionate and talented doctor. He is exquisite with everything he does, and both his team at the office and surgical team…
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My life has already changed in 3 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful. Should I ever need another operation for endometriosis, Dr. Seckin will be the one to do it. I recommend him to anyone I come across with similar problems…
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