The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital launches dedicated Endometriosis Clinic
Endometriosis affects one in 10 women in Ireland.
It can cause severe pain, and, for many, lead to problems conceiving.
This week, The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital launched a dedicated clinic for the treatment of endometriosis, a gynaecological condition that affects one in every 10 women in Ireland. The Endometriosis Clinic is facilitated by a Consultant-led multidisciplinary team, including representatives from Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Pain Management.
Endometriosis is a long-term inflammatory condition in which tissue, similar to the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, grows outside of the uterus. Those with endometriosis experience a range of symptoms which often include severe pain and issues with fertility. An official diagnosis of the condition can only be obtained through laparoscopic surgery.
The Coombe’s Endometriosis Clinic will serve women who have received an objective diagnosis of endometriosis. Facilitated by a Consultant-led multidisciplinary team, including representatives from Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Pain Management, those attending the Clinic will benefit from a holistic approach to their treatment.
Speaking at the launch of the Endometriosis Clinic, Professor Michael O’Connell, Master of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, said:
“We are very pleased to launch our dedicated Endometriosis Clinic. Endometriosis is a condition that affects a large number of women in Ireland and seriously impacts the quality of life of many. Given that it takes on average nine years to get a diagnosis of endometriosis in Ireland, it is vital that women who have been diagnosed are prioritised and receive the treatment they need. The highly-experienced, multidisciplinary team offered by the Clinic is best-placed to ensure that the needs of its patients are met in a timely manner.”
Dr Hugh D O'Connor, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Advanced Reproductive Endosurgeon at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and senior clinician of the Hospital’s new Endometriosis Clinic, said:
“Women with endometriosis don’t all show the same symptoms or encounter the same problems. The complexity of the condition, as well as the impact it can have upon so many different parts of daily life, means that a holistic approach to treatment is required. The multidisciplinary care that the Clinic will provide will mean that patients can be provided with individualised care pathways, depending on their specific needs. We look forward to providing top-class, comprehensive care to women in Ireland with endometriosis.”
Further information about the Coombe’s dedicated Endometriosis Clinic can be found here.