Endometriosis often causes debilitating pelvic pain, forcing you to miss school or work. But through the care of Peter Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, of The Miami Institute of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, women in Miami can receive the personalized care they need to feel better. Dr. Khamvongsa specializes in treating endometriosis, and his patients often come from miles away to seek his expertise. Call the office in Miami, Florida, today, or book an appointment online.
Your uterus has a natural lining called the endometrium. This lining builds up gradually each month and sheds during your menstrual period. But sometimes, endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus. This condition is known as endometriosis.
When the endometrium grows elsewhere, your body can't eliminate it. Instead, it often continues to grow and thicken. Scar tissue or cysts may develop around your internal organs.
This scar tissue sometimes causes your organs to stick to each other. That's why endometriosis can be so painful. Surgery is usually needed to remove this scar tissue.
Many women with endometriosis report debilitating pain, particularly during their period. This pain is often severe enough to keep you from working or attending school. Symptoms also include:
Symptoms often worsen as the tissue spreads. But some women with severe endometriosis may experience little to no discomfort. That's why it's vital to receive regular pelvic exams. Routine gynecological exams help diagnose endometriosis as soon as possible.
Hormonal medications sometimes slow the growth of endometrial tissue, but medication isn't a permanent solution and symptoms usually return once you stop taking medicine.
These medications can also prevent you from becoming pregnant. If you're trying to conceive, medication may not be your best bet.
Instead, surgery is often needed to remove endometrial tissue. Dr. Khamvongsa specializes in performing surgery for advanced endometriosis. He is a recognized expert when it comes to treating this condition. Many of his patients travel from far away to seek his guidance and support.
As a trained surgeon, Dr. Khamvongsa knows how to eliminate stubborn endometrial tissue. He often uses robotic surgery to perform minimally invasive surgery for endometriosis. Robotic surgery offers a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complications than regular surgery.
Endometriosis sometimes causes infertility, but many women with the condition can still conceive. Surgery helps boost your fertility and increases your chances of conception.
If you have endometriosis and need help managing your pain, Dr. Khamvongsa can help. He also provides specialized care for women with endometriosis who are trying to conceive. Call The Miami Institute of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery today or schedule an appointment online.