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NEW HIGH-TECH SURGICAL TREATMENT MAY HELP MILLIONS OF WOMEN WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS, WITH LESS PAIN AND COST

 NEW HIGH-TECH SURGICAL TREATMENT MAY HELP MILLIONS OF WOMEN
 WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS, WITH LESS PAIN AND COST
 LAS VEGAS, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A new form of high-tech surgery can help millions of women avoid some of the painful complications of endometriosis, according to Camran Nezhat, M.D., who will present his findings on April 29 at a seminar held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). This innovative laparoscopic procedure lessens post-operative pain and reduces the length of the hospital stay.
 Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus is present outside the uterus, usually in the pelvic cavity and the ovaries. The misplaced tissue grows and bleeds in response to the hormonal cycle, resulting in extreme pain, discomfort, and intestinal upset. Past treatments for the condition have included surgical hysterectomy and hormone therapy.
 Nezhat, director of the Endometriosis Center in Atlanta, and his colleagues, Farr Nezhat, M.D., and Earl Pennington, M.D., have authored an article describing the new procedure. The article has been accepted for publication in the May issue of Fertility and Sterility, the official publication of the American Fertility Society.
 "Until a cure is found for endometriosis, the new treatments like the one described by Dr. Nezhat that improve the quality of life for the patient are vital," stated Mary Lou Ballweg, executive director and president of the Endometriosis Association.
 Laparoscopic surgery requires only three small incisions versus cutting through layers of muscle as is required in conventional, or open, surgery. As a result, patients experience a quicker recovery time (two to three weeks versus two to three months recovery from open surgery). This minimally invasive approach is quickly replacing major abdominal surgery as a means of treating several gynecological disorders including endometriosis. "Within the past ten years, laparoscopy has been utilized to treat all degrees of endometriosis; recent advances now allow us to utilize laparoscopy to perform bowel resections," stated Nezhat.
 According to Nezhat, laparoscopic bowel resection for endometriosis is performed after a diagnostic laparoscopic examination determines the presence and size of endometrial growths in the lower colon. While the surgeon views the abdominal cavity on a monitor, he utilizes the Proximate RL Plus Linear Stapler (ETHICON Endo-Surgery) to resect the portion of the colon that has been infiltrated by endometriosis, then reattaches the healthy ends with the Proximate ILS Intraluminal Stapler (ETHICON Endo-Surgery).
 "Colon resection for endometriosis provides an opportunity for cooperation among two different disciplines," remarked Nezhat. "The gynecologist will diagnose the endometriosis, with the colorectal surgeon performing the colon resection." This new procedure reduces both blood loss and the possibility of complications, as compared to the conventional approach.
 For the estimated 185,000 women who suffer from endometriosis of the rectum, this new advance provides them with relief from the digestive symptoms. Laparoscopy allows these patients to return to their normal activities quickly.
 Johnson & Johnson is the world's largest and most comprehensive manufacturer of health care products. Its ETHICON Endo-Surgery subsidiary provides surgeons with an array of products including stapling and endoscopic products.
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