We Offer Surgery for Endometriosis of the Bowel
At the office of Dr. Eric Haas, we offer surgery for endometriosis of the bowl to patients throughout Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. If you suffer from bowel endometriosis or have bowel endometriosis after a hysterectomy, our team of colon specialists can provide you with top-of-the-line care at our state-of-the-art colon center. At our facility, patients will find advanced surgical care using top-of-the-line technology that is safer and less invasive than traditional open surgery methods.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition women experience when tissue that usually lines the uterus grows in other parts of the body, such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. This condition can also happen on the walls of the intestine, known as bowel endometriosis. Endometrial tissue lines the interior of the uterus. When this tissue starts to grow outside of the uterus into other parts of the body, such as the bowel, it’s called endometriosis. The disease causes inflammation and can lead to organs in the pelvic area sticking together. About one-third of all women who develop endometriosis end up with bowel endometriosis. It’s noncancerous, but if not treated, it can get worse over time.
The Symptoms of Bowel Endometriosis
Endometriosis symptoms can vary depending on the person but are usually similar to other colon issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome. With endometriosis of the bowel, however, the onset of symptoms tends to coincide with the start of a period. Symptoms of bowel endometriosis can include:
- Pain during bowel movement
- Abdominal cramps
Obtaining a Bowel Endometriosis Diagnosis
Most often, bowel endometriosis is diagnosed in women in their 30s. To obtain a diagnosis, your doctor will first inquire about your symptoms and medical history. Then, your pelvis will be examined. Depending on that examination, we may suggest imaging tests to obtain more conclusive information, such as the location and size of cysts or tissue damage linked to endometriosis. These tests include:
- Transvaginal or transrectal ultrasound
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Barium enema
Bowel Endometriosis Treatment
Our surgical team is advanced in using robotic and laparoscopic surgeries to treat various rectal and colon diseases, including bowel endometriosis. We offer a minimally-invasive procedure that leaves a tiny, discreet scar compared to open surgery. Our team of surgeons will cut the bowel free and assess the extent of the growth. Steps may include removing the outer surface layer of the bowel or removing a small section of the bowel. Using our innovative methods, patients benefit from smaller incisions and less risk of infection and bleeding. Reach out today to learn more about our treatment options.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
We offer minimally-invasive surgical procedures for severe endometriosis of the bowel by internationally-renowned surgeons using advanced techniques. For women with endometriosis, it is common for it to spread to other parts of the pelvic area. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of endometriosis of the bowel or have been recommended by your doctor to see a specialist for a procedure, we can help. We specialize in rectal and colon surgeries with an internationally-recognized team of surgeons. Contact us today to schedule a bowel endometriosis consultation.