What Is Recurring Endometriosis After Hysterectomy?

Q:
What is recurring endometriosis after hysterectomy?
A:
Endometriosis is a common female disorder. Its common treatment is surgical removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) partially or totally.
However, endometriosis may recur after the surgery, which cannot guarantee a cure for endometriosis. According to most recent studies, endometriosis recurs at a rate of 20% to 40% within five years following conservative surgery.
Whether endometriosis recurs after surgery depends on three factors:
  • How severe the disease was at the time of surgery
  • How completely the surgery removed the lesions
  • Whether postoperative medical suppressive therapy was used
Symptoms of recurring endometriosis after hysterectomy may include:
  • pelvic pain;
  • vaginal or rectal bleeding;
  • low back pain;
  • pain during sex and defecation.
So, before taking the surgery, please fully take the possibility of recurrence into consideration and consult your doctor about it.
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