Saturday, October 10, 2009

What is Endometriosis?

What is endometriosis?

“What is endometriosis?” is a common question since endometriosis occurs in roughly 10-15% of all reproductive age women.

Endometriosis is an abnormal condition that afflicts women, in which tissue that normally lines the cavity of the uterus (called endometrium) implants and develops in other areas of the body.

Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain, including but not limited to dysmenorrhea (painful and sometimes disabling pelvic or lower back pain during the menstrual flow), persistent pelvic pain (pelvic or lower back pain that occurs throughout the menstrual cycle), chronic pelvic pain (pain in the pelvis or low back that has persisted for over 6 months), dyspareunia (pelvic and lower back pain with sexual intercourse), dyschezia (painful bowel movements) or dysuria (discomfort with urination).

Endometriosis can also cause reduced fertility or infertility. All stages of endometriosis, from minimal endometriosis (stage I) to severe endometriosis (stage IV), cause a problem with becoming pregnant. Infertility caused by endometriosis is best treated with surgical removal (ablation) of the endometriosis implants. Medical management of endometriosis has been shown to be useful in controlling pain caused by this disorder but has not been shown to be useful in enhancing fertility.

Dr. Eric Daiter at The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC has extensive experience in the treatment of endometriosis and would be happy to help you. For an appointment to discuss your situation with Dr. Daiter, please call the office at 908 226 0250. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.drericdaitermd.com/or http://www.ericdaiter.com/

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Laparoscopy for Endometriosis

Laparoscopy for endometriosis

Women frequently ask themselves “when should I consider a laparoscopy for endometriosis?”

Endometriosis may cause either infertility or pelvic pain. Endometriosis is usually effectively treated by laparoscopy. In most cases, a larger incision with a laparotomy is not required for the thorough treatment of endometriosis, which is fortunate since these larger incisions require a long recovery time and more discomfort than the smaller laparoscopy incisions.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that usually does not require overnight hospitalization, which uses a lighted metal tube (laparoscope) to enter the abdominal wall through a small incision near the belly button to examine the reproductive organs of the pelvis. Laparoscopy can examine the gynecological organs for various problems, including but not limited to endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and infections.

Surgical ablation (removal) of endometriosis and pelvic repair often dramatically improves a woman’s fertility and it can also reduce pelvic and lower back pain. For most effective results, an experienced fertility surgeon should perform laparoscopy for endometriosis.

Dr. Eric Daiter at The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC has extensive experience in the treatment of endometriosis by laparoscopy and he would like to help you. For an appointment to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Daiter, please call the office at 908 226 0250. You can also visit Dr Daiter on the web at http://www.drericdaitermd.com/ or http://www.ericdaiter.com/

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Endometriosis Pictures

Endometriosis pictures can be taken during laparoscopy and these photos can reveal the many different appearances of endometriosis, which is a common problem of the female reproductive system.

Endometriosis often implants on the pelvic peritoneum, a membrane that lines the pelvic and abdominal cavities and covers most of the organs. The initial inflammatory reaction to the irritation of this peritoneum by endometriosis may be to form clear vesicles (look like blisters = “atypical endometriosis” see http://www.thenewjerseyfemaleinfertilitycenter.com/p_ovary_03.php ). These endometriosis lesions can progress to red flame lesions (looks like strawberry jam = “atypical endometriosis” see http://www.thenewjerseyfemaleinfertilitycenter.com/p_pelvic_cavity_02.php ). Then these red flame endometiosis lesions can develop into brown or black lesions (look like powder burn marks = “classic endometriosis” see http://www.thenewjerseyfemaleinfertilitycenter.com/p_ovary_04.php). Finally, endometriosis lesions can become irregular white scarred lesions (“burned out endometriosis”). Endometriosis can also form ovarian cysts, called endometriomas or “chocolate cysts.” See http://www.thenewjerseyfemaleinfertilitycenter.com/p_ovary_05.php for an example.

By examining endometriosis pictures one can become aware of the wide range of appearances of this potentially disabling problem. Endometriosis repair often improves fertility and relieves pelvic pain that is caused by this common problem. It is important to have an endometriosis expert treat the endometriosis from the onset for best results.

Dr. Eric Daiter at The NJ Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, LLC has extensive experience in the treatment of endometriosis and would be happy to help you. For an appointment to discuss your situation with Dr. Daiter, please call the office at 908 226 0250. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.drericdaitermd.com/or http://www.ericdaiter.com/

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