What is endometriosis? Tried and tested high tech treatments.
Endometriosis is becoming much more widely studied in the medical field since its first discovery in 1920's by Carl Rokitansky later named ‘endometriosis’ by John A. Sampson.
Here we look at common symptoms and treatments, focusing on the latest treatment from LPG Medical, Endermologie.
What is endometriosis Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a medical condition which effects on average 10% of women and girls of reproductive age. Tissue, similar to the lining of the womb (uterus) grows in other places within the body such as , ovaries and fallopian tubes further leading to inflammation and scar tissue forming. In more rare cases this tissue can grow in the pelvis, abdomen and chest.
It can carry symptoms such as:
Life impacting pain during periods
Pain during sexual intercourse
Increase and painful bowel movements
Chronic pelvic pain
Endometriosis can sometimes affect a person’s mood, bringing on anxiety and sometimes depression. Some people may find it difficult to get pregnant with Endometriosis.
The cause of endometriosis is still unknown, however, there is medical theories which suggests genetics, immune system defects or endometrium cells spreading through the blood stream or lymphatic system could be a factor. But these theories haven’t been fully explained or proven.
There is currently no known cure for endometriosis and focus is made on managing the symptoms of the condition, both physiologically and psychologically to improve the quality of life. This includes pain management, counselling and sometimes surgery.
There are currently 3 types of surgical treatment, conservative surgery, such as a laparoscopy to remove the tissue. Complex surgery, this approach may be used when the tissue has grown in areas outside the reproductive system such as bladder, colon, this surgery will need a multidisciplinary surgical team. There is a radical surgical approach, more radical surgery can be considered if a woman has not responded to drug treatments or conservative surgery and is not planning to start a family. Radical surgery refers to a hysterectomy or oophorectomy.
As with any treatment, this is dependent on the circumstances of the individual and should be discussed in depth with their medical doctor/specialist for suitability.
Pain management can be in the form of medication and more recently discovered Endermologie®.
Endermologie® by LPG Medical, is the latest tried and tested treatment offered to patients with endometriosis. There are no contraindications as there are different stages of endometriosis (and different symptoms) which makes it a good alternative to more invasive treatments.
Medical Endermologie® treatments work by using a device that emits negative pressure and stimulation to desired areas of the body, this provides an analgesic (pain relief), increase blood flow, promoting healing, detoxification, reducing edema and possible swelling, relaxing painful tight areas of tissue and reducing fibrous or hardened tissue, resulting in overall wellness and reduced pain.
Watch more about LPG Endermologie & Endometriosis below.