Endometriosis is a serious health condition that involves the growth of endometrial tissues outside of the uterus. The resulting lesions and scar tissue can lead to other potential health problems that may eventually result in infertility and the possibility of a hysterectomy. If you live in Nashville, Tennessee, or any of the surrounding areas, book your appointment online, or call OB/GYN Dr. John Macey and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. He can answer your questions and offer treatment options that meet your particular needs.
Endometriosis is a condition that involves the development of endometrial cells outside of the uterus. These cells function the same as those inside the uterus by shedding and bleeding every time you have your period, which can result in lesions and scar tissue that increase over time.
During its earliest stages, you may not experience any symptoms at all. However, as time goes on the growing presence of scar tissue can start to cause pain and discomfort throughout the abdominal region. Your periods can become heavy and increasingly more painful.
You may not even realize that endometriosis is present until you visit Dr. Macey for your annual gynecological examination. During the physical examination, Dr. Macey reviews your symptoms and watches for specific abnormalities during the pelvic examination.
If Dr. Macey has any questions about his findings during the pelvic examination, and the symptoms you claim to be experiencing, he'll request an ultrasound to determine what's happening in your abdominal cavity. He can also request an MRI to help identify potential problems.
If endometriosis is caught in the earliest stages, the effects of the condition may be reduced with the use of hormone-based birth control. Medications can be used to control the pain and discomfort associated with the condition, but they won't prevent the spread of endometriosis.
Dr. Macey can use laparoscopic procedures to treat any endometrial tissues found outside of the uterus. However, this may only be a short term solution. Most women who have endometrial tissue treated surgically find that it often returns within a few years. The only way to lastingly treat the problem is to have a hysterectomy that removes the uterus, and any endometrial tissue that's found in the abdominal cavity.
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