International Centre for Endometriosis

The International Centre for Endometriosis provides rapid access to the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

Endometriosis can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, causing a wide range of debilitating symptoms including considerable pain. The variation in symptoms can make diagnosing endometriosis difficult in a primary care setting, with patients waiting on average seven years before receiving an endometriosis diagnosis.

The International Centre for Endometriosis at Cromwell Hospital is highly reputable for the advanced management of complex endometriosis.

The Centre brings the best experts in Endometriosis together to provide a thorough robust approach to this condition which can have a serious impact on quality of life, fertility, bowel and bladder.

The Centre is led by Mr Amer Raza who is a consultant gynaecologist with vast experience in treating complex endometriosis. Mr Raza is also co-founder and director of CCMIG (Chelsea Centre of Minimal Access Gynaecology).

At Cromwell Hospital’s International Centre for Endometriosis, our aim is to provide patients with rapid access to a diagnosis, and a tailored and comprehensive treatment plan to set them on a path to recovery.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK and can affect women of any age. It is a chronic condition and occurs where tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, starts to develop in other places, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder and sometimes in the lungs. This tissue goes on to develop adhesions and scarring which then leads to symptoms.

What are the most common endometriosis symptoms?

Endometriosis symptoms are wide-ranging and can vary in severity too. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are:

  • pelvic pain – which is usually worse during your period
  • significant period pain
  • pain when going to the toilet during your period
  • pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • fertility issues

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you book an appointment directly at our Endometriosis Centre.

What tests might I receive at the Endometriosis Centre?

To diagnose endometriosis, your consultant will ask you to describe your symptoms and where you feel pain. They will then carry out diagnostics to check for signs of endometriosis. These may include:

What are the treatment options for endometriosis?

Although there is no cure for endometriosis, there are a variety of treatments that can significantly reduce the pain associated with the condition and ease symptoms. These include:

  • Hormone medicines and contraceptives, such as the combined pill or the contraceptive patch to suppress hormones to reduce symptoms.
  • Surgery to remove the patches of endometriosis tissue. At Cromwell Hospital, these types of surgeries can often be carried out laparoscopically, meaning only a small incision is made in the stomach to remove the tissue. Cromwell Hospital is also one of few hospitals in Europe to offer robotic-assisted excision (removal) of endometriosis using the da Vinci Xi surgical system, which results in less scarring, more accuracy and less pain with better postoperative recovery.
  • Surgery to remove part or all of the organ affected by endometriosis, for example, a hysterectomy to remove the womb. This type of surgery is generally only needed where other treatments have not worked.

The Endometriosis Centre team

Our Endometriosis Centre is staffed by an experienced team of experts, led by Mr Amer Raza.

Mr Raza is a consultant gynaecologist with extensive experience in managing complex endometriosis. Mr Raza has expertise in the treatment of all forms of endometriosis including peritoneal endometriosis, ovarian endometrioma and rectovaginal disease. He has developed a multidisciplinary approach to treating severe endometriosis, and his team consists of experts in colorectal surgery, urology, fertility and complimentary therapies such as acupuncture and physiotherapy.

The team will collaborate and work together to devise the best treatment plan to alleviate your specific symptoms in the most efficient and safe manner.

Amer Raza
Mr Amer Raza

Payment options

We offer a range of flexible payment options, including self-pay. You don’t need medical insurance to access our services and you also don’t need a GP referral. Simply contact us to make an appointment.

Why choose the International Endometriosis Centre at Cromwell Hospital?

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