Making the Right Surgical Choice

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may start with conservative surgery, such as a hysteroscopy or a dilation and curettage (D&C). Or your initial surgery for endometriosis may be a diagnostic laparoscope so your doctor can take a look around your pelvis and possibly remove endometrial implants. But if you've already had diagnostic surgery, you may decide to have a more radical treatment that's based on previous results.

After you and your doctor decide to have surgery, you need to choose the proper approach. Your doctor will undoubtedly have preferences based on his findings and will guide you on the pros and cons of all the alternatives.

Unfortunately, surgery isn't always a miracle cure. In some circumstances, surgery may be too risky because it's unsafe for you or because it can do more harm than good. For example, to preserve your chances of getting pregnant, your doctor doesn't want to interfere with your ovaries. But some times the surgeon does everything possible, and the patient still has symptoms or still can't get pregnant. No surgeon is perfect, and no procedure is guaranteed to work.

In the end, you and your doctor have to make the decisions about surgery; if he seems to be proposing one type of surgery over another, ask him why. Many offices today have videos you can watch about different types of surgery and their risks and benefits; offices that don't offer this usually have written information you can take home and mull over at your leisure. Rarely is surgery for endometriosis a life-or-death decision, so take the time to really understand what's involved before making a surgical decision.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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