Thoughts on Abdominal Wall Endometriosis

Dr. Fogelson talks about his experience with this kind of endometriosis. It’s a very relevant read for those of you out there with this, or for those of you who have diagnosed or suspected endometriosis and have had or will need to have abdominal surgery.

Academic OB/GYN

In my first year out of residency I practiced in Honolulu, HI.  One day in my outlying clinic in Kapolei, on the west side of Oahu, I entered an exam room to find a woman crying in pain.   She said she had pain in her belly wall that had been present for years and no doctor could help her or tell what was wrong with it.  She said that several months after her last cesarean delivery she started to feel this hard lump on the side of her belly.  Every month right before her menstrual cycle, this lump would become exceedingly painful, both at rest and even more so with any kind of pressure.

She was absolutely distraught, and was really in my office to ask for some narcotic pain medications to treat the severe pain.  So many doctors had failed to make a diagnosis on this issue that…

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