March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and for women who suffer from endometriosis or pelvic pain, there’s a new treatment in town that sheds light on the problem – literally. Called fluorescence imaging, the technology is an imaging system used during robotic surgery that helps surgeons and physicians to more clearly see differences in healthy and inflamed tissue. How, exactly? By making the tissue light up in a bright green hue. The effect makes it much easier for surgeons to see the tissue that’s causing you pain – and to remove it in one fell swoop. That means less chance of having to do repeat procedures or wait for months before you see success. Talk about seeing a problem in a new light!
Part of Carolinas HealthCare System, GYN Care of the Carolinas in Concord recently treated endometriosis using this new imaging technology for the very first time in the Charlotte area. The patient, 28-year-old Leanne Brown, couldn’t be happier with the results. “I’ve had intense pain for years, especially around my cycle,” says Leanne. After having the surgery, Leanne’s doctor told her he was able to remove twice as much inflamed tissue as hewould have normally found without the imaging technology. “That was amazing to me,” Leanne says. “I was one and done, and now I’m doing so much better.”
The physicians at Leanne’s practice have since performed more of the procedures with similar success, and are providing a great resource for women in the Charlotte area.
Looking for more information on the procedure, or wondering if it might be right for you? Visit GYN Care of the Carolinas.
Both board-certified OB/GYN physicians, offer advanced gynecology care and specialize in minimally-invasive surgical options including robotic surgery.