Plaza OB/GYN presents the "Ask the Physician" series, where our nationally recognized physicians answer patients' most common questions about obstetrical care and gynecological conditions and procedures.
Q: What is the treatment for endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease in which the tissue that lines the canal of the uterus, contributing to the menstrual flow, develops in other locations in the body, such as the ovaries, the lining of the pelvis, the Fallopian tubes, and the muscular wall of the uterus. When present in these locations, the tissue behaves similar to the tissue present in its normal place (the lining of the uterus) and both respond to the hormones of the menstrual cycle.
The recommended and most successful treatment of endometriosis is the surgical excision of the diseased tissues. At the time of your laparoscopy, the implants are resected. By removing the peritoneum with the implant, the patient will experience a decrease in pain and prolonged recovery. Laser vaporization and electrocoagulation are also done to remove the disease, but they are less effective.
Medical therapy is also available. Luprin, progresterone agents like Agysten and Danocrine, are drugs that suppress ovarian functioning by causing temporary menopause, thus drying up the endometriosis. However, both drugs have side effects (i.e. hot flashes) and the symptoms usually recur when the therapy ends.
About the Physician: Dr. Balat
With almost 40 years of experience, Dr. Isam Balat, M.D. has long been recognized as one of the top OBGYNs in the greater Houston area. A UTMB medical school graduate, he started private practice in 1976 and founded Plaza OB/GYN in 1998.
As a lifetime member of the Endometriosis Association, Dr. Balat is considered an "endometriosis specialist" treating women in the Houston area. He also conducts minimally invasive surgeries for the management of endometriosis. Dr. Balat also specializes in infertility and minimally invasive surgeries, including operative laparoscopy, micro laparoscopy, outpatient hysterectomy, outpatient tubal reversal, and fibroid surgery.
As a lifetime member of the Endometriosis Association, Dr. Balat's expertise as a Houston endometriosis specialist has helped women manage, treat, and overcome the symptoms of endometriosis.Get help