Free webinar

Living with Endometriosis
Wednesday, March 20
6:30-7:30 p.m.

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.

Topics

  • Overview of the condition
  • Diagnosis procedures
  • Treatment and pain management options

Speakers

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.

Clinical trials

We’re conducting studies to improve understanding of endometriosis and how it’s treated. Learn about our active clinical trials and consider participating:

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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.

Learn more about treatment for endometriosis and pelvic pain

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
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • 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.

Patient-centered care

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.

Pelvic pain can be a sign that there might be a problem with one of the reproductive organs in a woman’s pelvic area. Although pelvic pain often refers to pain in the region of women's internal reproductive organs, pelvic pain can be present in either sex and can stem from other causes.

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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.