Named a Best National Hospital in Gynecology by U.S. News & World Report
Women who struggle with pelvic pain and endometriosis turn to The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, led by Dr. Fermin Barrueto and Dr. Kevin Audlin. Drs. Barrueto and Audlin are joined by gynecologic surgeons and endometriosis specialists Dr. Meghan Lynch and Dr. Christine O'Connor. The team provides expertise in endometriosis treatment including gynecologic laparoscopy, a minimally invasive technique to remove endometriosis from the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder and the lining of the pelvic area.
Experience and Leadership in Endometriosis Treatment
The doctors of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy are known throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region as some of the best surgeons for treatment of gynecologic disorders. Their specialized training and expertise in the management of endometriosis, including complex cases, allows them to provide confidence and assurance to their patients. Their collective knowledge and experience brings an added level of skill to even the most complicated surgery.
What Causes Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is most common among women of reproductive age. It is often a debilitating disease that may begin with symptoms of pain during a woman's periods, during intercourse, with bowel movements or in the lower back. Endometriosis is caused when cells from the lining of a woman's uterus grow in other areas of her body. Most often the growth occurs on the ovaries and the lining of the pelvic area.
Innovative Technologies for Endometriosis Diagnosis
Typically your doctor will use laparoscopy to diagnose endometriosis. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to look at the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
The doctors of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy are among an exclusive group of physicians who use a specialized technology called Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) during laparoscopy to detect microscopic and atypical forms of endometriosis. NBI is an optical image enhancement tool that allows our surgeons to detect especially difficult forms of endometriosis.
Leading Edge Treatments for Endometriosis
Once detected, endometriosis is usually treated with medications or surgery. If pain medications and hormone therapy do not help, laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial growths and scar tissue may be necessary. In more severe cases, a hysterectomy may be recommended.
Our doctors will work with you to determine the best course of action for your situation. If surgery becomes necessary, our team will guide you through the pre-op and recovery process.
Our highly skilled team of surgeons are trained in the precision and fine art of minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery. Use of the da Vinci robot enables our surgeons to go beyond traditional capabilities. Microsurgical techniques combined with the robot's ability to maneuver with a limitless turning radius, elevates the exacting precision that can be performed during endometrial surgery.
Advanced Levels of Care for Endometriosis
Our doctors work closely with a team of specialists at Mercy Medical Center to provide comprehensive endometriosis treatment. In addition to diagnosis and treatment from our gynecologic surgeons The Endometriosis Center at Mercy offers:
- Clinical Research Trials
- Interventional Pain Medicine
- Pre-conception Counseling
- Physical Therapy
- Nutrition Counseling
- Nurse Navigator
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