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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 53

of 'Endometriosis: Treatment of rectovaginal and bowel disease'

Laparoscopic laser resection of rectovaginal pouch and rectovaginal septum endometriosis: the impact on pelvic pain and quality of life.
Kristensen J, Kjer JJ
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2007;86(12):1467. Epub 2007 Sep 6.
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the impact on pelvic pain and quality of life of laparoscopic resection of the rectovaginal pouch (RV) and RV septum in patients with endometriosis.
METHODS: The design was a descriptive retrospective study. The study included 48 women presenting to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with RV pouch and RV septum endometriosis, between 1 January 2003 and 1 January 2006. The setting was a university teaching hospital, one of two referral centres in Denmark for the surgical treatment of stage III and IV endometriosis. Questionnaires and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) scores for a number of different symptoms associated with endometriosis were used. The main outcome measures were: effect of laparoscopic excision on pain scores and quality of life, operative findings, type of surgery, duration of surgery, and incidence of intra- and postoperative complications.
RESULTS: Significant statistical differences were found between preoperative and postoperative pain scores, quality of life, frequency of sexual activity, percentage taking analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, percentage having work difficulties due to pain, and percentage of women having sick-leave.
CONCLUSION: Endometriosis in the RV pouch and RV septum can be effectively treated with laser laparoscopy performed by experienced endoscopic gynaecologists.
Department of Gynaecology, Glostrup University Hospital, Denmark. jenkri01@glo.regionh.dk