CEES-U (Cambridge Endometriosis Endoscopic Surgery Unit) - Clinic 21


Endometriosis is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside the womb, on the lining of inside of pelvis, on ovaries, bowel and many other organs.

There is currently no cure for the condition, but we can help manage the pain and other symptoms it causes. We offer a variety of treatments, including surgery, where needed.

Our close links with the fertility service means that we can easily refer patients where endometriosis is affecting the ability to conceive.

The cause is not known. Research shows that on average, it takes 7 years from the time of onset of pain to diagnosis.

Sometimes there are no symptoms and it is found by chance when a woman is having an operation. However, for many women it can be a very painful condition and it is diagnosed when these symptoms are investigated. In other cases it is identified in women who are having difficulty getting pregnant.

Surgical treatment of severe endometriosis requires special skills in advanced laparoscopic surgery and needs to be performed by a gynaecologist who is specially trained for this type of surgery and in a centre where other experienced surgeons (such as laparoscopic bowel surgeons) with expertise in this field are available.

Endometriosis affects more than 2 Million women in the UK. That is around one in ten women in their reproductive age, so it is very common.

The CEES-U takes a holistic approach to patient care, considering all of the factors endometriosis and benign reproductive disorders can have on a woman’s life. Our team is dedicated to helping women suffering from endometriosis to have a better quality of life.