Fertility considerations in laparoscopic treatment of infiltrative bowel endometriosis.

Catherine Mohr*, Farr R. Nezhat, Ceana H. Nezhat, Daniel S. Seidman, Camran R. Nezhat

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine our experience with laparoscopic and laparoscopically assisted management of bowel endometriosis and to recommend treatment approaches, considering patient goals for both pain mitigation or fertility, or both. METHODS: The medical records of 187 women treated laparoscopically for intestinal endometriosis were reviewed retrospectively for presenting symptoms, methods of surgical treatment, complications, and efficacy of treating pain and infertility. The extent of resection was determined by the severity of the endometriotic lesion, tempered by the patient's fertility goals. RESULTS: The most common patient complaint preceding surgery was pelvic pain. In addition, 58 (31%) patients experienced impaired fertility. Of the patients available for long-term follow-up, 152 (85%) reported complete or significant long-term pain relief. Complete pain relief in the immediate postoperative period was significantly more likely with partial bowel resection compared with shaving only, 92% vs 80%, respectively, P<0.04. The least invasive procedure, shaving, was associated with a significantly lower complication rate, 6%, compared with 23% for disc excision (P<0.007) and 38% for segmental resection (P<0.001), and higher pregnancy rates. The incidence of pregnancy in patients with a history of infertility was 34% during the follow-up period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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