Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Ken Sinervo, the medical director at the Center for Endometriosis Care. We discuss the surgical options for endometriosis.
- Before we talk about endometriosis, I’d like to hear a little bit more about you. Tell us about your background, the Center for Endometriosis Care, and how you ended up in your current role there.
- What is endometriosis, and how common is it?
- How does endometriosis impact fertility, and how are the different stages defined?
- What causes endometriosis?
- What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
- How is endometriosis diagnosed?
- There’s a lot of confusion in the infertility community about Clomid vs. Letrozole for endometriosis patients. What’s your opinion?
- It’s my understanding that there are two main surgical options for endometriosis: excision and ablation. Can you please describe each technique?
- What are the risks and possible complications of excision and ablation?
- Looking at the different ‘types’ of endometriosis, I’d like to hear your thoughts and recommendations about the surgical approaches — and when surgery might not even be warranted.
- Endometrial implants
- Ovarian endometriosis (superficial, less than 3cm, larger than 3cm)
- Deep lesions
- Overall, what is the long-term effectiveness of surgical approaches to endometriosis?
- Is there any new, exciting research related to endometriosis? What is the future of endometriosis diagnosis and care?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add that we haven’t already discussed?
- Please share a couple of your favorite endometriosis success stories.
- What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s just been diagnosed with endometriosis?