Background: Colorectal resection for severe endometriosis has been increasingly described in the literature over the last 20 years.
Aims: To describe the experiences of three gynaecological surgeons who perform radical surgery for colorectal endometriosis.
Methods: The records of three surgeons were reviewed. Relevant information was extracted and complied into a database.
Results: One hundred and seventy-seven women were identified as having undergone surgery between February 1997 and October 2007. The primary reason for presentation was pain in the majority of women (79%). Eighty-one segmental resections were performed, 71 disc excisions, ten appendicectomies and multiple procedures in ten women. The majority of procedures (81.4%) were performed laparoscopically. Histology confirmed the presence of disease in 98.3% of cases. A further 124 procedures to remove other sites of endometriosis were conducted, along with an additional 44 procedures not primarily for endometriosis. A total of 16 unintended events occurred.
Conclusions: Our study adds to the growing body of literature describing colorectal resection for severe endometriosis. Overall, the surgery appeared to be well tolerated, demonstrating the role for this surgery.