can be difficult to treat or eliminate. Unfortunately, many women who have this disease go undiagnosed. Others may receive incomplete or improper treatment, leaving them with severe pain that can interfere with daily activities, work, leisure and intimacy. Without timely diagnosis and treatment, endometriosis can even leave a woman infertile. The physician you choose and the method of therapy for treating this disease can make critical difference in the outcome.
Dr. Biggerstaff has dedicated over 30 years to diagnosing and treating endometriosis.
He is one of a few dozen physicians across the country who routinely excise deep invasive endometriosis. Some women come to Dr. Biggerstaff already knowing they have endometriosis, usually as a result of prior surgery. Others have symptoms or findings from a pelvic examination that strongly suggest the presence of endometriosis.
Endometriosis can cause pain, among pre-teen and teen-aged girls shortly after they begin menstruation; or among older women after hysterectomy; or, on occasion, after menopause. Endometriosis is not the only source of pelvic pain but it is a major cause of it, and it affects millions of women worldwide.
Recent evidence shows an association between endometriosis and a type of ovarian cancer. This makes it all the more important to excise all visible endometriosis rather than simply superficially cauterizing it.
is a condition similar in appearance and symptoms to endometriosis. It differs from endometriosis in that microscopically the tissue looks like the inside of the fallopian tube, rather than like the lining of the uterus. Endosalpingiosis is diagnosed and treated the same way as endometriosis. This is another photo of endometriosis seen at the time of laparoscopy or laser surgery. Click to enlarge.
What causes Endometriosis?
The cause of endometriosis is uncertain. Why some women develop endometriosis and not others is simply not known. There are several theories, but none of them explains all cases. Sampson’s theory suggests that menstrual flow backwards into the fallopian tubes and abdomen allows attachment and growth of endometrial tissue. Another theory notes the presence or absence of certain chemicals that may stimulate the growth of endometriosis cells from multi-potential cells (cells in the body that can become many different types of tissue). Still another theory holds that endometrial tissue may travel to areas outside the uterus through blood vessels or the lymph system. A great deal of medical research is looking at the effect of the immune system on the development of endometriosis.
If I have pain or infertility, how do I know the cause is endometriosis?
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