Endometriosis is a condition where the innermost layer of uterus-endometrium grows in locations outside the uterus.
Symptoms vary from person to person and can include:
Treating endometriosis is not simply about cutting out (surgery) the offending areas. Comprehensive treatment aims to address your functional goals and often requires a team approach including: GPs (at the clinic and your usual GP), physiotherapist, dietitian, gynaecologist, psychologist, endocrinologist, ultrasound radiologist, pain specialist and others as needed.
Consistent pelvic pain is defined as pain in the area of the pelvis which is present on most days for more than 6 months. Pelvic pain may relate to any of the pelvic organs, including bowel, bladder or reproductive organs, as well as the pelvic muscles.
Pain is both a physical process arising from local nerve irritation but also a psychological process which involves our bodies sensitisation to pain and thus our perception of such pain.
Treating chronic pain thus requires multiple modalities such as diet, exercise, relaxation modalities, medications, physiotherapy, psychology and much more.
In 2023, the Federal Government announced limited funding for the development of 20 clinics nationwide to facilitate care for women with Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain. The Hunters Hill Medical Practice Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic is one such clinic. We aim to use the funding for a combination of staff education, improved resourcing, patient awareness and some clinical services as part of a multidisciplinary clinic approach. This will help improve timely access to care and treatment for appropriate patients.
Completing your questionnaire prior to your initial consultation is essential. At your first appointment a full history will be taken/reviewed and your doctor will ask many questions about your symptoms, pain and lifestyle. You will likely have a physical examination and may also need to have an internal examination (please advise the doctor if you are not able to do this).
After your initial consultation with one of our GPs, a treatment and management plan will be created for you based on your goals and the doctor’s recommendations. We embrace a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment and your plan may include:
A Endometriosis care plan is completely covered by the medicare benefits schedule and there are no out of pocket costs to patients referred by their GP for care plans.
Other costs are likely to be incurred outside of our practice. We have no control over such costs. Some examples are included below:
Please follow this link to complete a valuable clinical information form prior to your appointment at our endometriosis and pelvic pain clinic