Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue spreads throughout the body. It is often associated with pain and infertility. Surgery for endometriosis is available, which may help to increase your fertility.
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery is performed under general anesthetic. A small incision is made beneath the navel, through which the lighted laparascope is inserted. The laparascope allows the surgeon to view inside the uterine cavity. The surgeon then removes any endometrial tissue and lesions. Recovery typically ranges from a couple of days to two weeks.
Hysterectomy is available to those women with severe endometriosis. Hysterectomy removes the uterus (and sometimes the cervix) through the abdomen. Sometimes the uterus can also be removed through vaginal surgery. If possible, the surgeon will try to leave your ovaries behind so that you can still pursue surrogacy. Hysterectomy is major surgery and will require extensive recovery time.
If you have a tipped uterus, it may be preventing sperm from entering into your fallopian tubes and fertilizing your egg . Surgery is available to help reposition your uterus. This should help to increase your chances of conception.
- The UPLIFT procedure is done through laparoscopic surgery. A small incision is made in your abdomen, and a laparascope (a small camera) is inserted. Your surgeon uses the laparascope to identify ligaments holding your uterus in place. These ligaments are cut, shortened, and then reattached in order to hold your uterus in the proper position. Recovery time is short.
If you have a septate uterus, then a small partition has divided your uterus into two separate sections. This can sometimes interfere with fertilization and pregnancy. Surgery is available to restore the uterus.
- Metroplasty is used to correct a septate uterus. Through laparoscopic surgery, instruments are placed inside the abdomen. The septum that divides the uterus is removed. The uterus is then reshaped to take on a normal appearance, and allow extra room for a growing baby. Metroplasty is highly successful, with 80% of women being able to carry a baby to term.