Endometriosis isn’t just painful—it is debilitating, preventing women from enjoying the best times of their life. Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Gary G. Theofilis of ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain offers treatments for women residing in or around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Milton, GA, and women across the United States who suffer from endometriosis and its painful symptoms.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a painful condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of that region and into other parts of the body, including the pelvis and lower abdomen. Endometriosis acts much like a cancer in the sense that it is a rapid proliferation of atypical cells that can grow anywhere.
What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, especially during the menstrual period, which can begin one to two weeks prior to even starting your cycle. It is similar to having menstrual cramps only with much more severity. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain in the lower abdomen and back
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful intercourse
- Discomfort with bowel movements
How is Endometriosis Treated?
The only way to truly know if you have endometriosis is by having a pelvic exam. Following the diagnosis, your treatment can be discussed. There is no one particular treatment, and treatment is dependent upon what is found on the physical and pelvic exam and where endometriosis (extra tissue) is found. Many patients who have endometrial ablation as a form of treatment experience a lot of pain post-surgery. Nerve blocks on the exterior surface of the vagina as well as genital femoral nerve blocks can be used to help relieve pain. Endometriosis is difficult to treat by interventional methods alone and usually a combination of medication and procedures is required.
What Are the Benefits of Endometriosis Treatment?
Endometriosis treatment can not only give women the pain relief they deserve, but it can also prevent infertility, abnormal bleeding and the development of cysts, known as endometriomas.
How Much Does Endometriosis Treatment Cost?
Costs will vary based on the specific treatment needed and the individual needs of the patient. All costs will be discussed prior to treatment during your personal consultation at ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain. For your convenience, we accept cash and credit cards as forms of payment. For more information on our insurance plans and payment methods, visit our medical financing page.
Don’t let pain from endometriosis keep you from being able to enjoy life and all the things it has to offer. Contact Dr. Gary G. Theofilis of ARILEX Center for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain and get the help you deserve. Endometriosis can be successfully treated to alleviate some—if not all—of your pain with the skill and expertise of Dr. Theofilis. We serve women in and around Atlanta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Milton, GA, as well as women located around the country.