For couples who have had difficulty conceiving, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, offers a possible pathway to having children.
IVF has helped many couples overcome different types of fertility issues, including endometriosis, a condition in which tissues lining the uterus attach to tissues outside of the uterus, including the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Janelle Dorsett offers laparoscopy for endometriosis to diagnose and treat endometriosis.
Laparoscopy for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis
Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that uses a small tool with a camera on the end, called a laparoscope, to view inside the body without the need for major surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is beneficial for diagnosing and treating endometriosis. Through laparoscopy, it's possible for surgeons to identify scarring and lesions associated with endometriosis, as well as locate where endometrial scarring and lesions are located so that they may be removed.
Laparoscopy makes it possible to preserve the uterus and ovaries while removing endometrial scarring and lesions, which may help women with endometriosis who are trying to become pregnant increase their chances of conceiving.
How Is the Laparoscopy Procedure Performed for Endometriosis?
When performed for endometriosis in Dr. Dorsett's Lubbock practice, the laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through several small incisions. Once the laparoscope is in place, it is used to look for endometrial scarring and lesions on the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other neighboring organs.
Scarring and lesions can be removed at this time to help reduce the symptoms of endometriosis, such as pain and heavy periods, as well as help to increase the chances of conceiving for those who would like to become pregnant.
Recovery after Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery, which makes it possible for many women to go home shortly after their procedure. With that said, patients should arrange for a family member or friend to drive them home because the medications used during surgery may take several hours to wear off.
Although laparoscopy is minor surgery, patients should still expect some pain around the incisions and mild abdominal discomfort. Pain and discomfort should subside over the next several days and most women are ready to return to work within a day or two to a week.
Strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting and intense exercise, should be avoided until approved by a doctor.
Laparoscopy for Endometriosis May Help Fertility
Laparoscopy for endometriosis may help increase a woman's chance of conceiving and carrying the baby to term.
The success of laparoscopy alone in helping with fertility may depend on the severity of endometriosis. For women with minimal or mild endometriosis, removing scar tissue from affected reproductive organs often has a greater impact on fertility than doing the same for someone with severe endometriosis.
Besides helping to improve fertility in women, laparoscopy for endometriosis is also helpful in diagnosing the severity of endometriosis, as well as helping in determining which fertility treatments would be most beneficial to each patient's needs.
Combining Laparoscopy for Endometriosis with Fertility Treatment
Although some women with endometriosis are able to become pregnant after laparoscopy, others may still have difficulty conceiving. Undergoing fertility treatments after laparoscopy may help women with more advanced endometriosis become pregnant.
Dr. Dorsett offers a variety of fertility treatments, including IVF, to help women dealing with endometriosis increase their chances of conceiving.
Find Out Which Treatments Are Right for You
If you suffer from endometriosis and are having difficulty conceiving, treatment from Dr. Dorsett may help. Find out which treatments are right for you by calling (806) 788-1212 to schedule a consultation.