Surgical treatment of endometriosis: a prospective randomized double-blinded trial comparing excision and ablation.
Martin Healey, W Catarina Ang, Claudia Cheng
Fertil Steril | Published : 2010
OBJECTIVE: To compare reduction of pain following laparoscopy after ablation or excision of endometriosis. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized, double-blind study. SETTING: Endometriosis and pelvic pain clinic at a university teaching hospital. PATIENT(S): Women of reproductive age presenting with pelvic pain and visually proved endometriosis. INTERVENTION(S): Subjects completed a questionnaire rating their various pains using visual analogue scales (VASs). After visual identification subjects were assigned randomly to treatment with ablation or excision by supervised training gynecologists as primary surgeon. Follow-up questionnaires at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months documented pain levels. MAIN OUTC..View full abstract