Endometriosis often requires specialized care. Just as there are specialists such as endocrinologists, oncologists, rheumatologists, cardiovascular surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and so on, there are specialists for endometriosis. Even within those specialties, there are subspecialties for even more specific disease processes. However, finding those elusive providers can be difficult.
When looking for an endometriosis specialist, it is important for you to understand about the disease yourself- which is why this website is in existence. Start at the beginning and work your way through the site. It is equally important to educate yourself on common diseases that occur with endometriosis and can cause similar symptoms. Treating one disease process (endometriosis) and not treating another (such as interstitial cystitis) can leave you with symptoms and questions as to why.
When looking at a surgeon for endometriosis, we have some resources to help you. Start with this article about Choosing Your Surgeon. Join our Facebook group to find other resources on endometriosis. Take a look at vetted surgeons who have chosen to refine their skills on endometriosis and have subspecialties in endometriosis surgery (bowel, thoracic, etc.) (https://icarebetter.com/).
Endometriosis can cause a lot of problems with our health and healing takes time and effort. It can take addressing multiple pain generators and mental health care. Finding the right specialist/surgeon is an important first step on that journey towards better health.