Endometriosis affects 55,000 new women every year in the UK
Could you be one of them?
The Helica system uses a single use probe which enters the peritoneum (tummy) during a laparoscopic examination if endometriosis is present. Helium gas and low electrical alternating current is used to destroy with ionising beam (spark). Non-touch heat is used to destroy endometrial deposits.
At the 1st sign of pain, inform your GP of your symptoms and ask to be referred for a laparoscopic examination and diagnosis. If suitable, Helica ablation treatment may be carried out for early stage endometriosis.
Drug treatment options only mask the pain while allowing ectopic endometriosis cells to multiply and spread.
Endometriosis is a common condition and believed to affect 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. It occurs when tissue similar to that found in the uterus’ lining is found outside of its usual place.
If you are a new sufferer that has moderate abdominal pain on a regular basis, there is a possibility of endometriosis. Early internal examination, diagnosis and ablation treatment are key in the effective management of this debilitating condition which affects an estimated 1.5 million women in the UK. The developers of the Helica instrument, which delivers the innovative treatment mentioned, are empowering sufferers to provide their GPs with information on the condition and highlights the benefits of the Laparoscopic Helium Ablation (LHA) technique that the instrument provides.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with menstrual periods. Sufferers of endometriosis usually report menstrual pain as more severe than usual, this pain also may vary over time. However, this pain isn’t necessarily a reliable indicator of the extent of the condition. It is possible to have mild endometriosis but severe pain and vice versa.
Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into a menstrual period. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
Pain with bowel movements or urination. You’re most likely to experience these symptoms during a menstrual period.
Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (inter-menstrual bleeding).
Sometimes, endometriosis is first diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.
Other signs and symptoms. You may experience fatigue, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
Laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) is the most common procedure used to diagnose and remove mild to moderate endometriosis. Instead of using a large abdominal incision, the surgeon inserts a lighted viewing instrument called a laparoscope through a small incision. If your doctor recommends a laparoscopy, it will be to:
View the internal organs to look for signs of endometriosis and other possible problems. This is the only way that endometriosis can be diagnosed with certainty. But a “no endometriosis” diagnosis is never certain. Growths (implants) can be tiny or hidden from the surgeon’s view.
Remove any visible endometriosis implants and scar tissue that may be causing pain or infertility. If an endometriosis cyst is found growing on an ovary (endometrioma), it is likely to be removed.
Endometriosis Treatment and Support, London Scotland and UK Wide
Many of the symptoms of endometriosis aren’t easy to deal with and even harder to discuss. We’ve been treating patients with endometriosis for many years, so we understand. We believe the difficulty of talking about these symptoms. Many people believe these issues are normal, or just a part of life, feeding into a culture of silence. We implore you to act on any symptoms. If you believe your periods are more painful than they should be or used to be, if sex is painful, or if your flow is heavy talk to your GP about endometriosis and our support and treatments.
Helica Treatments are available UK wide, including London and Scotland, our support resources are available for anyone who believes they may be affected. You can find is in a variety of different hospitals, including NHS hospitals, Spire, BMI and more.
Our endometriosis treatment and support is here to help you move forward with your life. No matter where you are in life we want to help. Maybe you’ve suffered for years and you’ve had enough? Potentially, you’re young and concerned what you’re experiencing isn’t normal. endometriosis is often hard to detect and experienced very differently. We think all of your experiences are valid and every step you take to treatment is important.
We’re here to support you through this process and act quickly. Acting quickly can make a huge difference in your treatment. If left for too long your endometriosis may end up in complications. The complications of endometriosis can be devastating, from painful cysts to life changing infertility. Early treatment in a wide range of cases can not only help deal with the pain and side effects but prevent these complications.
So, if you find yourself noticing the signs of endometriosis, we implore you to be brave and seek medical advice. Feel free to use our free GP pack anywhere in the UK to help support you through this process no matter where you are, from London or all the way to Scotland.