Sidra Medicine, a QF entity, offers a specialised approach in the treatment of endometriosis as part of its women’s services programme. Experts at the hospital advise early diagnosis of endometriosis and referral for symptoms that may suggest the presence of endometriosis.
Dr Caitlin Huckell, senior attending physician at Sidra Medicine said: “Symptoms such as painful periods and pelvic pain can be the classic forms of endometriosis. However, other subtle presentations can cause a delay in initial diagnosis. Women in pain or bleeding with bowel movements during menses or those who experience pain during intercourse, are recommended to see a gynecologist for a potential diagnosis of endometriosis.”
“At Sidra Medicine, we provide a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of endometriosis, which has been developed to address the variable symptoms that can impact on a woman’s quality of life. Differing treatment options allow for individualized patient care programs based on their specific circumstances and healthcare needs,” Dr Huckell said.
Dr Aisha Yousuf, medical director of reproductive surgery at Sidra Medicine said, “Some women with endometriosis are given the recommendation to have a hysterectomy. We believe this is not the last surgical option. The option of using a minimally invasive surgical approach, including robotic surgery, to assess and treat endometriosis improves patient recovery and reduces risk. In addition, there are other non-surgical options and medications to manage endometriosis symptoms related to pelvic pain, infertility, or heavy uterine bleeding.”
One of the most common chronic pain areas diagnosed in women are in the pelvic region and one of the major reasons for pelvic pain is endometriosis. Sidra Medicine’s Adult Pain Clinic for women allows for diagnosis and care of alternate etiologies including pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic adhesions, adenomyosis and pain syndromes such as myofascial pain syndrome or neuropathic pain.
The Adult Pain Clinic’s treatment programme includes options such as injection by guided X-rays, cognitive behavioural therapy, physiotherapy, ultrasound and advanced pain interruption techniques.
“Patients with chronic pain often experience depression, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and decreased overall physical and mental functioning. It is our multi-disciplinary clinic approach that makes healthcare at Sidra Medicine stand out, as our patient- and family-centred care features input from a range of specialists in different disciplines, including gynaecology, pain medicine, physiotherapy and clinical psychology,” Dr Yousuf added.