Surgery for endometriosis is proving effective, BC Women’s Hospital study finds

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A study from BC Women’s Hospital shows that women who undergo surgery to control endometriosis and pelvic pain report a better quality of life.

The study, published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada, examined data from 595 surgeries for women and people of reproductive age. Of these surgeries, 27 percent were hysterectomies and the rest were more conservative procedures.

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“Significant improvements in pain-related quality of life were observed with both conservative surgery and hysterectomy, regardless of stage of endometriosis and older versus younger age,” the study, titled Outcomes After Surgery in an interdisciplinary center of expertise in endometriosis and pelvic pain. in Canada, he said.

“These improvements were seen in both conservative surgery and hysterectomy (although greater improvement with the latter), in early- and advanced-stage disease, and in younger and older patients.”

Dr. Caroline Lee, a gynecologist and surgeon at BC Women’s Hospital and lead author, said excising endometriosis, keeping the uterus in place, avoiding hysterectomy, resulted in long-term positive benefits for the woman’s quality of life. most patients.

She said the study offers hope to women who want to get pregnant and avoid hysterectomies to relieve endometriosis symptoms.

The study states that more than one million people in Canada suffer from endometriosis.

Lee said the disease caused cells similar to those that line the uterus to grow in other areas of the pelvis. This can cause significant pain during menstruation and on an ongoing basis.

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The cause of endometriosis is unknown and there are no known ways to prevent the disease, according to the World Health Organization. There is no cure, but its symptoms can be treated with medication or, in some cases, surgery.

The surgery removes endometriosis lesions, adhesions and scar tissues.

Katherine Penfold, a patient at BC Women’s Hospital, underwent a hysterectomy to address her endometriosis symptoms in 2022, after living with the condition for over twenty years without a diagnosis or proper care.

He said surgery to correct the condition had changed his life.

Since 2019, BC Women’s Hospital’s Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Center has completed more than 1,500 surgeries, including excisional and hysterectomy procedures.

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