Bowel Endometriosis Surgery - What to expect
Treatment for bowel Endometriosis is similar to that of pelvic Endometriosis. It can be helped with a combination of pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), pelvic floor physiotherapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.
Hormone treatments used 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 having surgery?
Your doctor may recommend surgery for different reasons, these may be:
When your symptoms are severe and medical treatments have not worked
When Endometriosis is limiting/stopping you from passing bowel movements.
What to expect during surgery
When Endometriosis is found affecting the bowel, the affected area will often need to be ‘shaved’, or in some instances (depending on severity) part of the bowel may need to be removed as a disc or a bowel resection.
In these instances, a temporary stoma bag may be fitted for anywhere between two-six months (sometimes longer) to allow the bowel to heal, avoiding the risk of leaking from the repaired area.
Your doctor will discuss the available treatment options 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.