If you struggle with pelvic pain and strain when making a bowel movement, you may be suffering from bowel endometriosis, formally known as colorectal endometriosis. This condition occurs when endometrial tissue forms within the intestines.
At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, our doctors are certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. We are experts in minimally invasive techniques and are exceptionally knowledgeable about conditions affecting the rectum, colon, and anus. We are dedicated to providing discreet, compassionate care that provides relief and betters your life at our convenient locations in Garden City, NY, and surrounding areas.
What is Colorectal Endometriosis?
Colorectal endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue, the tissue which normally is found in the lining of the uterus, grows within or on the surface of the intestines. Most commonly, the condition affects the:
- Lower part of the intestine
- Small intestine
According to the World Journal of Gastroenterology, up to 15 percent of women suffer from bowel endometriosis during their reproductive years.
We are experts in minimally invasive techniques and are exceptionally knowledgeable about conditions affecting the rectum, colon, and anus.
You may have bowel endometriosis if you suffer from:
- Painful bowel movements
- Chronic constipation
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic pain
- Rectal pain
However, many of the symptoms of this condition mimic others such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or large bowel obstruction. As such, it is important to you receive a formal diagnosis. Our doctors are colorectal specialists who can provide an accurate diagnosis of the severity and location of your condition using minimally invasive methods.
It is important to note that many women do not experience any symptoms but if you do, you should seek professional treatment.
Surgical Treatment: The Most Common Solution
Unfortunately, there is no cure for any type of endometriosis. While we do provide nonsurgical treatment options at our practice, surgically removing the lesions from the bowels is often the most effective solution. Ideally, this will also eliminate the side effects of the condition.
There are several surgeries that can be performed for bowel endometriosis. The best method will usually depend on the severity of your condition:
In cases where endometriosis has only affected a small part of the intestines, the doctor can remove a circular or disc-shaped section of the organ. They will then use sutures to close up the remaining sections.
This is a more extreme version of the disc resection and is usually recommended when endometrial tissue has infiltrated significant portions of the bowels.
As board-certified surgeons, our doctors typically perform procedures using laparoscopic techniques for the least invasive treatment. Laparoscopic surgery provides many advantages including reduced risk of complications and less extensive recovery.
Why is Important to Seek Treatment?
Symptoms of endometriosis can significantly impact your quality of life, causing discomfort and embarrassment. For many women, the condition can also affect their fertility. Treating bowel endometriosis may be one way to significantly improve your ability to conceive.
Specialists Providing Considerate Care
It is essential that you receive treatment from a specialist to provide you with the best possible outcome. To schedule your consultation, contact us online, call us at (516) 494-3027, or the most convenient location for you.