What Is Endometriosis? (video)

Treatment options include minimally invasive robotic surgery

Treatment options include minimally invasive robotic surgery

Anupam “Bobby” Garg, MD, an OB-GYN at Scripps Clinic, discusses endometriosis, a painful pelvic condition, and explains treatments, including robot-assisted surgery, which offers greater precision and accuracy than traditional open surgery.

Video transcript

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs in the pelvic area where there is tissue that can grow anywhere inside the pelvic organs that can cause extreme pain, heavy bleeding, fertility issues and all sorts of problems.

How is endometriosis treated?

Endometriosis has a variety of treatments. Sometimes it can just be treated with medications. A lot of times, it does require surgery. In some of the most extensive cases, robotic surgery really comes in handy for us.

What are the advantages of treating endometriosis with robotic surgery?

The differences between robotic surgery for endometriosis versus traditional surgery for endometriosis are that with the robotic surgery we get a much higher degree of precision and accuracy because of the degree in which our instruments can move. We also get a much, much higher degree of magnification and accuracy with the camera, where we can really get a big expansive 3D visual field that really lets us see up close to a lot of really detailed structures that we can't always achieve with traditional surgery.

Are there side effects from robotic surgery?

In terms of side effects, robotic surgery doesn't necessarily have any different side effects than traditional surgery does. In fact, it usually has less side effects in terms of pain, infection and other complications that can traditionally happen with any type of surgery.

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