NYU Winthrop’s Advanced Endometriosis Center features a distinguished, board-certified team of experts providing a multidisciplinary approach for treating endometriosis. The team is led by Director Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS who pioneered minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures used for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Nezhat is renowned for managing severe, multi-organ endometriosis, and has helped countless women and their families.
Endometriosis commonly goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as it’s a complex disorder that can mask itself as another condition. Patients often endure years of painful symptoms and infertility while searching for answers. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to work with a team who offers extensive knowledge and experience. Dr. Nezhat brings more than 40 years of expertise to NYU Winthrop and his groundbreaking work has led to the creation of evidence-based protocols for improved patient care. He continues to research, publish and teach in the field, and is frequently invited to national and international congresses to lecture and demonstrate surgical techniques.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory disease that affects women of all ages. It occurs when endometrial-like cells, similar to those lining the inside of the uterus, are found in other areas of the body. It is most commonly found in the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, but can also occur in the bowel, bladder, ureters, diaphragm, lungs and other organs. It is estimated that at least 11% of women have endometriosis and while there is no definitive cure, it can be effectively managed.
- The most common symptom is pelvic pain that ranges from mild to debilitating. Pain most frequently occurs during menstruation but can occur at any time. Menstrual cramps should not be considered typical and can be a sign of endometriosis. Pain may also be present during intercourse, bowel movements or urination and can travel to your back.
- Abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods.
- Gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating or nausea.
- Approximately 40 percent of women with endometriosis also experience infertility.
The specialists at NYU Winthrop’s Advanced Endometriosis Center perform minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery to remove endometrial tissue, restore normal organ function, reduce pain and preserve fertility. Pain management and hormone therapy can also be effective at reducing symptoms. Other health concerns associated with endometriosis are treated including –
- Ovarian Cysts
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
- Uterine Fibroids
- Adenomyosis (endometriosis in the uterine wall)
- Interstitial Cystitis (bladder pain syndrome)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)