Patient Guide

Our endometriosis specialists are here to answer your questions about diagnosis, treatment, surgery and fertility.

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Treating Endometriosis

Treatment for endometriosis can include:

  • Fertility treatment
  • Hormone therapy
  • Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery
  • Pain treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Treatment for interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
  • Treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other functional gastrointestinal conditions

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can result in faster recovery times, less pain and minimal scarring. Patients who undergo surgery to treat endometriosis often experience a significant reduction in pain. Following recovery, surgery may also improve your fertility potential. Our endometriosis specialists are fellowship-trained in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

In addition, Cedars-Sinai imaging specialists have more than 20 years of experience in accurately identifying endometriosis using MRI. The MRI exam allows us to look closely at the pelvic organs, including the uterus, ovaries, bladder, bowel and surrounding spaces. Learn more about how our imaging experts use MRI for endometriosis.

Types of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery we perform:

Frequently Asked Questions

Endometriosis can be a complex and challenging condition to treat. For this reason, it's important to see a trained endometriosis specialist. Even if you've already consulted with an OB-GYN, it's strongly advised that you also see a specialist if you suspect you have endometriosis. The Endometriosis Program at Cedars-Sinai includes an interdisciplinary team of experts with advanced training in gynecologic surgery, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, urology and pain management.

Symptoms of endometriosis may be dismissed or misdiagnosed. Some women may not experience any symptoms, or don't realize anything is wrong until they try to get pregnant and find that they are having difficulty conceiving. The best way to diagnose endometriosis is minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

There are many benefits to undergoing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery to treat endometriosis. Surgery can significantly improve your fertility potential, your sexual health and intimate relationships, and your overall quality of life. Depending on the severity of endometriosis pain you are experiencing, along with a range of other factors that our endometriosis specialists consider, there are multiple ways to treat your condition, reduce pain and improve your fertility potential if you desire to get pregnant.

One of the main causes of female infertility is endometriosis. For women with mild or moderate endometriosis pain, undergoing surgery to remove adhesions, cysts and scar tissue has the potential to restore fertility. The relationship between endometriosis and fertility is complex and specific to each patient. In general, surgery can improve fertility potential, especially if endometriosis affects the ovaries and fallopian tubes. In advanced cases of endometriosis, often a combination of surgery and advanced reproductive technology is needed to achieve pregnancy. Our team includes reproductive medicine and fertility specialists that work with you to achieve your pregnancy goals.

Our endometriosis specialists are here to answer your questions about diagnosis, treatment, surgery and fertility.

For more information