The Endometriosis Center at Mercy
Women who struggle with pelvic pain and endometriosis turn to The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, developed 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 excision surgery including gynecologic laparoscopy, a minimally invasive technique to carefully remove endometriosis while preserving the uterus and fertility whenever possible.
In addition to advanced minimally invasive and robotic surgery, our endometriosis doctors offer comprehensive expertise in endometriosis diagnosis and treatment including 3D Narrow Band Imaging (NBI), access to clinical research trials and pre-conception counseling.
Experience in Endometriosis Surgery and 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.
Our doctors provide endometriosis excision surgery as a primary treatment for endometriosis. We use advanced minimally invasive techniques to remove the endometriosis. We do not use burning therapies to destroy the disease.
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 Complex 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. Pioneered at The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, NBI is an optical image enhancement tool that allows our surgeons to see especially difficult forms of endometriosis and, in some cases, detect it at an earlier stage.
Treatment with Endometriosis Excision Surgery
Our endometriosis doctors primarily use surgery to treat endometriosis. We believe this approach, sometimes referred to as endometriosis excision surgery, is fundamental in providing symptom relief for moderate and advanced cases of the disease. Unlike many other doctors who use pain medication or hormone therapy as a first-line treatment, we offer advanced techniques by well-trained surgeons to remove the root of the problem – the endometriosis itself.
Our endometriosis excision surgeons provide laparoscopic surgery, including robotic surgery, to remove endometrial growths and scar tissue while preserving the uterus and fertility whenever possible.
Laparoscopic surgery is conducted through several small incisions in the abdomen rather than a large incision across the area. It offers many potential benefits including faster recovery and less pain. Use of the da Vinci robot during laparoscopic surgery 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.
We work with closely with each patient to fully understand their individual needs and concerns so we can determine the best course of action for their endometriosis treatment.
Advanced Levels of Care for Endometriosis
Our endometriosis surgeons 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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