Surgical Team: Inquire about the surgical team the surgeon works with. Find out who will handle complex cases involving organs like the bowel, bladder, ureters, or diaphragm if needed.
Obstetrics vs. Surgery: Consider whether the surgeon also practices obstetrics. The most experienced excision surgeons no longer practice obstetrics. Catching babies is wonderful work, but doctors who do that can’t dedicate enough time in the OR to excel in the excision of endometriosis. Highly experienced excision surgeons often focus exclusively on surgery to excel in treating endometriosis.
Collaboration: Does the doctor work collaboratively with other specialists who have experience in caring for endometriosis patients, such as GI doctors, infertility specialists, pelvic floor physiotherapists, and pain management experts?
Treatment Options: Ensure that the surgeon discusses all available treatment and management options, both surgical and medical. Choose the approach that aligns with your comfort level and lifestyle.
Accreditation: Inquire if the surgeon participates in any accreditation program for Minimally invasive Gynecology Surgery or Endometriosis. Such programs ensure they meet minimum standards, including the number of cases treated and ongoing review of their work.
Details about the Surgery: Ask for clear and detailed information about the surgical procedure, potential risks, complications associated with endometriosis surgery and the expected outcomes.