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Without A Laparoscopy Are There Any Other Ways To Diagnose Endometriosis
Sometimes: The true diagnosis of endometriosis requires a biopsy and a pathologist to confirm the diagnosis. Almost all the time this requires an abdominal procedure, commonly laparoscopy. However, some women may have nodules of endometriosis in the vagina, for instance, that can be biopsied in the office to prove endometriosis. Usually this is a bad prognostic sign. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Laparoscopy involves placement of a small camera-scope into the abdominal cavity, most often at the belly button. This allows us to see and surgically rx many abdominal and pelvic diseases. This is combined with distinction of the abd cavity with co2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go ...Read more
No: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in adults provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps prevent tissue and organ breakdown. It may be that you have a sleep disorder preventing this level of sleep. ...Read more
Are there any surgeries or procedures that can be performed to remove cysts with pcos to increase fertility?
Ovarian drilling: This is not a common procedure, as most doctors prefer to treat pcos with medications, diet, exercise, supplements, and even acupuncture. However, laparoscopic ovarian drilling can provide temporary cycle regularity, and improve fertility. There is some risk, however, that the procedure can shorten the normal life of the ovary and reduce fertility in the distant future. ...Read more
Depends on the docto: If you are not having pain, have regular periods, then you may not 'need' to have a pelvic exam in my opinion. Screening for sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea/chlamydia) is usually recommended for young, sexually active women, but this could be done with a urine sample. Really, it will depend on the doctors personal opinion and preference. ...Read more
Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?
Yes, but...: There are alternatives to the colonoscopy, such at ct colonography, which utilizes a ct scan to look at your colon. However, for GI problems, depending on symptomatology, one might need an upper endoscopy, upper GI study with small bowel follow through, pill endoscopy, or transit time studies. Make sure you are evaluated by your physician who can help you decide which test would be best. ...Read more
Yes: Pelvic exam and ultrasound are the best ways to determine if you have fibroids. Some fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually found when an ultrasound is performed for other reasons (ie, pregnancy). Unless you are experiencing any symptoms from fibroids, such as heavy bleeding or pelvic pain, there is no benefit to screen for fibroids alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ovarian cysts are normal to have; it's one of these cysts that will rupture to release an egg which is called ovulation. We get concerned if you have too many, too little or if they're solid depending on pt's age. If you are are 23, birth control pills are best, unless they are large or cause significant pain, which in that case, laparoscopic surgery is an option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm trying to determine if I have symptoms of endometriosis, or endometrial cancer. There are some overlapping symptoms.
Complicated: Endometriosis and crohn's disease are very different problems: endometriosis is due to cells from the lining of the uterus that usually pass out the vagina during menses instead going backwards into the abdomen and growing there. Crohn's disease is an immune system problem where in patient's own immune system attacks the intestine. ...Read more
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