Endometriosis: Non-Surgical Treatments
To treat the symptoms of endometriosis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following: over-the counter medications, hormone therapy, or surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out the benefits and risks of each option, and which one may be best for you.
Hormone therapy regulates or blocks the hormones that control your menstrual cycle. Certain hormones can limit the swelling of your endometrium and extra endometrial tissue (implants). This treatment may be used before, instead of, or after surgery. The following are different types of hormone therapies:
- GnRH Agonists and FSH and LH Inhibitors - This medication is used to stop or lower the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
- Birth control pills - This medication contain estrogen and progesterone. Birth control pills help to regulate the estrogen and progesterone in your body.
- Progestins - Progestins are a form of progesterone and help to keep estrogen levels low.
- Danazol - This hormone stops or lowers the production of estrogen and progesterone.
Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?
da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System. Single-Site® Instruments for the da Vinci® Si™ System bear the CE mark. This device is cleared for commercial distribution in the U.S. for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and for hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy for benign conditions.
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