Medical Q&As

Endometriosis - laser treatment?

Can endometriosis be helped by laser treatment through the abdominal wall? My sister paid £350 to have this done despite my protestations that it could not possibly be safe or beneficial. She has been left with burn marks on her skin and no indication whether it worked.

Laser treatment is a recognised and successful treatment for endometriosis. However, it is not appropriate in every case. I am a little confused by your question especially when you say that the laser was administered through the abdominal wall. The usual procedure is for the gynaecologist to perform a laparoscopy, which means a small keyhole incision is made in the abdomen through which the laparoscope or camera is introduced. This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic. The laser beam is then focussed on a particular area of tissue by direct visual inspection though the laparoscope and the abnormal tissue is eliminated by the laser. I assume that you are not suggesting that a laser was administered through an intact abdominal wall?