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Surgery - What to expect 

Treatment for urinary tract Endometriosis is similar to that of pelvic endometriosis. It can be helped with a combination of pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications, pelvic floor physiotherapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

 

Hormonal regulating medications to limit, help regulate or temporarily stop your periods may also benefit. However, for more severe cases, treatment of the Endometriosis may require surgical intervention, if other treatments are not effective. 

When is the right time to consider surgery?

Your doctor may recommend surgery for different reasons, these may include:

  • When your symptoms are severe and medical treatments have not worked

  • When Endometriosis is limiting/stopping your kidneys from working properly.

What to expect during surgery

When Endometriosis is found affecting the urinary tract, the affected area will often need to be ‘shaved’, ‘burnt’ or in some instances (depending on severity) part of the bladder or urinary organ may need to be removed.

Your surgeon may place a thin scope into your urethra and bladder to diagnose the Endometriosis. Depending on the severity of the Endometriosis, your surgeons may need to remove the part of your bladder that is affected, this is known as a partial cystectomy. In these instances, a temporary catheter and/or stent may be fitted for a short duration of time to allow time for the bladder to heal.

Your medical team should discuss the available treatments with you, taking into consideration the severity of your symptoms, your age, medical history, and various other individual circumstances along with any possible side effects, risks, and complications.

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