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Endometriosis occurs when the tissue lining the uterus (the endometrium) grows to other areas. In some cases, endometriosis can grow to the bowels.
Most patients with endometriosis of the bowel experience pelvic pain, infertility, pain during sex and rectal bleeding while menstruating. It’s possible to also experience difficulty or painful bowel movements and digestive or gastrointestinal pain.
Painful symptoms are treated by surgically removing the endometrium tissue from the bowels. It is important to seek care from experienced and highly skilled colon and rectal surgeons for this procedure, such as those at the Weill Cornell Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery Division.
Personalized care: At Weill Cornell Medicine, we treat every endometriosis of the bowel patient individually. Each treatment plan is designed to improve symptoms and help you achieve the quality of life you want.
Our surgeons have helped many patients achieve a healthy, comfortable life after treatment. Many of our patients have gone on to have children and lead active lives.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Your colon and rectal surgeon may consult with experts in gynecology and other medical professionals as needed to design the right approach to managing symptoms and improving your overall health and wellness.
Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
Surgical treatment for endometriosis of the bowel depends on the location and size of the endometrium tissue.
For smaller areas of endometriosis, the affected areas or endometrial nodules are "shaved" off the bowel. For slightly larger areas, the affected area of the bowel is cut away and the hole is closed.
For larger areas of endometriosis, the affected section of the bowel is removed. The bowel is then rejoined together. This is called a “bowel resection” and “anastomosis.”
At Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, we do everything we can to support our patients and their loved ones before, during and after treatment. Learn more about what to expect during your stay.
The recovery period is different for each patient. Bowel and digestive function will take time to recover; in some cases, your bowel function will change after surgery. It is important to communicate closely with your care team to manage your pain and determine the best diet for your long-term comfort and wellbeing.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.
To request an appointment, please fill out our form. Our staff will help you find the physician who best fits your individual medical needs.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Colon and Rectal Surgery Division offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.