Dear Patients of Advanced Women’s Healthcare,
The physicians of AWH appreciate you! Because we strive to take the best care of our patients as possible, we wanted to make you aware of the advanced technology being offered by our practice. We have done hundreds of surgeries and remain the most experienced group in our area. Minimally invasive surgery is changing women’s lives. As physicians we are now able to offer our patients a minimally invasive surgical option for a hysterectomy as well as treatment of fibroids, endometriosis and infertility. We are now able to save ovaries and fallopian tubes that may have been removed before. We are able to visualize and resect more endometriosis. We are able take down scar tissue and adhesions (which previously meant a large abdominal incision).
I want to share a patient story with you. “Jane” came to our practice with a long history of chronic pelvic pain, having had many laparoscopies where no pathology was found. She was taking chronic pain and psychiatric medications. I suspected endometriosis after talking with her and doing her pelvic exam. She underwent a robotic assisted surgery which revealed diffused but atypical endometriosis. She had what we essentially call a “frozen pelvis.” She did not have the typical “powder burn” endometriosis lesions which are easily seen at the time of laparoscopy. This explains why she was told time and time again that she did not have endometriosis – and no reason to explain her pain. The 3D magnified robotic “high definition” technology made it easy to see her atypical endometriosis. She underwent a robotic hysterectomy, was back to work in 1-2 weeks, and now lives pain free. She is not alone. There are many women living with undiagnosed endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain or infertility. It is estimated that up to 10% of women have endometriosis, and up to 50% of infertile women have endometriosis. Hopefully this does not apply to you or your loved ones, but knowledge is power. Spread the word.
Amie Napier, MD and the physicians of AWH