In 2022, we are still far from the truth on endometriosis. We see continued efforts to improve how we diagnose the disease and learn about its connections with other conditions, including research into alternative pain treatments to alleviate symptoms. There are even numerous references to drug therapy as the sole focus of treatment research. However, endometriosis is a surgically treatable disease–a fact that has been known for some time.
Why isn’t there more information about peritoneal excision, a known cure for endometriosis that relieves suffering? Where is the call for research into the other, related causes of pain, like occult hernias and the role played by the round ligament? Where are the necessary clinical findings that show that low estrogen at younger ages directly corresponds to early menopause?
We have known for 70 years that not providing estrogen to women early on can result in increased vascular diseases, including stroke and shorter lifespans. These are major consequences that doctors should be paying attention to.
At our practice, we reach a diagnosis by examining a patient’s medical history and taking ovarian reserve screening tests. These simple diagnostic procedures are incredibly accurate and correct 98% of the time, making them far more accurate than alternative diagnostic tools.
So, why is the medical world still looking for a diagnostic test?
Unfortunately, endometriosis fell victim to drug-sponsored research and the arrival of laparoscopy, which completely derailed peritoneal excision in the 1980s and early 1990s. The procedure has not recovered in popularity since then and is not considered for use in most cases. Meanwhile, patients suffer needlessly with a treatable disease.
If you think you may have endometriosis or already have a diagnosis, you need to find a surgeon who is skilled in the complete excision of endometriosis. A practiced surgeon can handle the disease at any stage and will carefully evaluate your pain symptoms and their causes.
Unfortunately, there are only about 25 places in the United States that perform this procedure, even though it can relieve pain in more than 90% of cases–no medications necessary.
As one of those surgeons, I am proud to offer women an effective endometriosis treatment and encourage my colleagues in the field to do the same.