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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Physicians in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology have special training in the hormonal aspects of endometriosis and are experts in the medical management of the disease. They individualize care to improve the quality of life for women with endometriosis by using appropriate hormonal manipulations and surgical treatments.
Robotic surgery is a recent advancement in the surgical management of endometriosis. It allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery in many situations where previously more invasive procedures, such as laparotomy, were previously necessary. Drs. Chin, Miller and McHale are experts in using robotic and non-robotic techniques to maximize patient outcomes and minimize the invasiveness of complex endometriosis-related surgeries.
UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine offers a range of unique services for managing chronic pain associated with endometriosis, ranging from complex medication management to interventional nerve blocks. Our physicians offer the most advanced and customized pain treatment options available to reduce pain and restore quality of life.
An important but commonly under-addressed issue in the management of endometriosis, is the psychological health of patients. Dr. Hirst, a psychiatrist, and Amber Rukaj, a psychologist, are experts at addressing the psychological needs of women with endometriosis, which can lead to an improved sense of well-being and help improve the efficacy of other treatments.
The use of non-conventional or alternative therapies such as a whole food, plant-based diet, yoga, acupuncture and herbs to treat women with endometriosis is not new. It is uncommon, however, to have these therapies integrated at a center dedicated to treating women with endometriosis. UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine physicians are highly experienced in the care of women with a variety of health concerns, including endometriosis.
Endometriosis can lead to severe bladder-related pain and other problems. Drs. Nager and Lukacz in the UC San Diego Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery are experts in the assessment and management of female bladder and pelvic floor problems.
Endometriosis can lead to a variety of bowel-related symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Copur-Dahi is a gastroenterologist who has special training in the care of women with these types of bowel-related problems.
Women with endometriosis occasionally suffer from extensive bowel adhesions (scar tissue) that can produce symptoms of bowel obstruction. Dr. Ramamoorthy is well versed in minimally invasive bowel surgery, including surgery to remove bowel adhesions.
- Warren Foster, PhD
- Kevin Osteen, PhD
- Kaylon Bruner-Tran, PhD
Conducting endometriosis-related research is an important part of the mission of CERT. Read more about Dr. Foster and our research.