Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside the uterus — the endometrium — grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining of a woman’s pelvis. With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit the body, it becomes trapped and can cause extreme pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding, and other symptoms.
Endometriosis Treatment at UT Health Austin
In your initial appointment, your clinician may conduct a pelvic exam as well as any additional screenings or imaging such as an ultrasound to accurately diagnose your condition. Depending on the severity of your condition treatment may involve medications, various types of therapies or even surgery. More conservative treatment approaches are often used first including lifestyle modifications and medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help provide relief and manage symptoms. If these treatment options do not help hormone therapy or surgery may be a better option. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care and recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes physicians who specialize in minimally invasive surgery, pelvic floor physical therapists, associate providers, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy and medication can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.