Living with Endometriosis
Wednesday, March 20
Register by midnight Monday, March 18, to participate.*
Endometriosis is an often painful condition that affects about 10% of reproductive-age women. It happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Though there is no cure, your symptoms can improve with medication or surgery. Find out how to take charge of the condition from our expert Ob-Gyn physicians.
- Overview of the condition
- Diagnosis procedures
- Treatment and pain management options
Dr. Kristin Riley, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Penn State College of Medicine, will lead the discussion and answer your questions. Other speakers include Dr. Arpit Dave, associate program director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship, and two fellows with the program.
*Plans are underway to develop a clinical trial involving a virtual yoga program for patients with a known surgical diagnosis of endometriosis. To move the study forward, we need a certain number of participants. Please indicate your interest on the webinar registration form.
We’re conducting studies to improve understanding of endometriosis and how it’s treated. Learn about our active clinical trials and consider participating:
- A Pre-Post Study of the Use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Unit in the Management of Endometriosis Pain
- A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of the Use of Cannabidiol in the Management of Endometriosis Pain
Compassionate care for painful conditions
Gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids can cause severe pain and affect your quality of life. Penn State Health’s experienced gynecologic surgeons are dedicated to treating your pain so you can get back to living the way you want. We deliver exceptional care with a compassionate, warm approach.
What is Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS)?
Our team of gynecologic surgeons are experts in their field. They offer a broad range of procedures to meet your unique needs, including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Minimally invasive gynecological surgical techniques, including laparoscopy and robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, can be done with a few tiny incisions rather than a single large incision. The advantages over traditional surgery include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospitalizations
- Faster recovery
- Minimal scarring
Gynecologic Conditions We Treat
Penn State Health’s gynecologic surgeons have subspecialty training in minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat gynecologic conditions such as:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic adhesions
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Stress urinary incontinence
Endometriosis, which typically takes seven to 10 years to diagnose, can extend to the bowel, bladder, rectum, appendix and diaphragm. If you experience painful intercourse or have irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis - also called painful bladder syndrome - or other related conditions, our caring team will work together with specialists in these areas to create a treatment plan that’s best for you.
We understand that gynecologic surgery is very personal and can be scary. Our care team works closely with you to ensure that you always feel supported, comfortable and empowered with information.
Improving treatment through research
Our surgeons and physicians are leaders in research, conducting studies to improve understanding of gynecologic conditions and how they’re treated. We continually bring you the latest effective treatment options. Eligible patients may have access to new treatments through clinical trials.