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Can endometriosis be removed from the bowel?

Yes, endometriosis can be removed from the bowel. This procedure is known as bowel resection. During this procedure, a surgeon will remove the endometriosis tissue on the bowel wall, as well as any surrounding tissue that is affected by the endometriosis.

In cases where there is extensive involvement of the bowel wall, the surgery may also involve removing a portion of the bowel. In cases where endometriosis is present in the deeper layers of the bowel, the surgeon may need to make additional incisions to remove deeper layers of tissue.

Following surgery, the patient may need to take hormones or undergo hormone therapy to prevent the endometriosis from returning. After the surgery, the patient can expect to experience some pain and discomfort, as well as changes in bowel habits as the body adjusts to the new functioning bowel.

In some cases, there may be dietary changes necessary to help with healing. In most cases, however, a bowel resection is a safe and effective way of treating endometriosis in the bowel.

What happens when endometriosis spreads to bowels?

When endometriosis spreads to the bowels, it can cause a multitude of symptoms and complications depending on the severity. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus and attaches itself to other organs and structures in the reproductive area and abdomen.

When endometriosis is found on the bowels, it can lead to symptoms such as chronic abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, digestive issues, and inflammation. Additionally, with more advanced cases, lesions on the bowels can lead to Bowel Endometriosis Syndrome, which is a condition where the endometriosis has caused scarring or a blockage on the bowels.

Another complication that can arise from Bowel Endometriosis Syndrome is intestinal or rectal strictures, which are narrow passageways or stretched areas that slow the passage of stools and can cause bowel obstruction or difficulty passing stools.

It is important to seek professional medical help if you are experiencing any symptoms related to endometriosis that is affecting your bowels. Lifestyle modifications such as improved diet, exercising regularly and reducing stress can help treat and manage the symptoms of endometriosis.

Additionally, depending on the severity and location of the disease, treatments such as laparoscopic surgery and hormonal therapy may also be recommended for endometriosis.