Endometriosis | Severe Cramps
Flint • Genesee County • Burton • Fenton • Flushing • Grand Blanc
If you have menstrual “cramps” or pelvic pain that is so severe it affects your normal activities, you may be suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis is a relatively common condition in which the lining of a woman’s uterus grows outside the uterus and on to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or pelvic lining. This out-of-place uterine tissue still bleeds with each period – but the blood becomes trapped inside the body with no way to exit. The result is intense pain. If untreated, scar tissue or adhesions may develop that can worsen pain and compromise fertility.
Fortunately, you do not have to suffer with endometriosis pain, because our caring and skilled OBGYN and gynecologic surgeons offer several very effective, non-invasive procedures that can successfully treat endometriosis – as well as state-of-the-art minimally invasive and robotic surgery procedures for more severe cases.
Don’t continue to suffer with endometrial pain and cramping. Our experienced gynecologists can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your endometriosis and pelvic pain – so you can stop suffering and start living again.
For many woman suffering from endometriosis, hormone therapy is sufficient to put an end to the internal bleeding and pelvic pain. Our ObGyns can prescribe medications that reduce the amount of estrogen the body produces – which results in lighter periods and less menstrual bleeding. Some hormonal medications can even stop periods entirely – which also serves to minimize any inflammation, as well as makes scarring and/or ovarian cysts less likely.
Our ObGyns may also prescribe contraceptives that contain both estrogen and progestin, including: birth control pills, patches, or rings. In some case our gynecologists may prescribe progestin-only contraceptives such as birth control pills, shots, and IUDs to eliminate menstrual periods completely.
We also sometimes use Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) drugs to block the production of ovarian-stimulating hormones. This causes the woman’s endometrial tissue to shrink. In other cases progestin inhibitors and aromatase inhibitors may be prescribed.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In more severe cases of endometriosis, our surgeons may determine that surgery is the best option. We take a conservative surgical approach to remove the overgrown endometrial tissue – while leaving still the uterus and ovaries intact. This can eliminate the pain and cramps, as well as increase the patient’s chances of being able to successfully conceive a child in the future.
When surgery is necessary, Dr. Levashkevich is renowned for his superior robotic and single port laparoscopic skills in the treatment of endometriosis. He can treat endometriosis with minimally invasive surgery during which a thin instrument with a light and lens attached to it is inserted through a very tiny incision. This allows him to see inside of the pelvic area, to locate and remove the endometrial tissue.
The unwanted endometriosis tissue growths can be excised surgically by cutting them off, or removed by cauterizing with a laser or other state-of-the-art technique – for less time in surgery and a faster recovery.