A recent diagnosis of endometriosis meant that Erica would have to devote more of her time to doctor’s visit. Endometriosis is a disorder where tissue – that typically is inside a woman’s uterus – grows outside the uterus. Exploratory laparoscopic surgery—a procedure in which a surgeon makes a tiny incision near the navel and inserts a slender viewing instrument (laparoscope)—is the only way to accurately diagnosis endometriosis. This technique is also known as minimally invasive surgery because it involves small incisions, allowing for fewer scars and an easier recovery.
Fairview Ridges Hospital is the only hospital in Minnesota that the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery designates a Center of Excellence for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Accolades aside, Erica was only concerned with was getting better.
“With endometriosis,” says Erica, “you can feel like your entire lower half is in a vice and like your top half is going to fall off. The pain is something that I’ve always dealt with and the doctors I saw before [Fairview] would just say, ‘Well, that’s just your period. It hurts and you have to deal with it.’”
That changed when Erica met with a Fairview OB-GYN doctor. “I used to manage the pain but it got to the point when I realized I don’t have to be in pain and why not try to figure out why I’m in pain,” Erica says. “And, when I met with my Fairview doctor, she knew exactly what to do and is helping with my pain.”
While there’s no cure for endometriosis, there’s medicine, surgery, hormone therapy or a combination of all three to manage the condition.
Today, Erica is on a treatment plan and feels confident that she’s getting the best care possible for the endometriosis.
Erica is no stranger to Fairview. Both her kids were born at The Birthplace and they continue to receive pediatric care at Fairview Clinics — Burnsville.
“It’s almost like Fairview Ridges is a home to me,” she says. “I’ve been going there since I was 11 years old. The comfort and the care that I get there is something I can’t get anywhere else.”
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