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  • 2012-03-14

Mucosal skinning for bowel endometriosis: standard technique

Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2012;12(03). URL:
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Bowel endometriosis is described in 3% to 37% of patients with endometriosis. In 90% of these cases, the rectum, the sigmoid colon or both are involved. It is the most severe form of the disease and its surgical management is complex. Surgery is very challenging and the degree of radical excision should always be counterbalanced with the risk of complications and functional disorders. Four types of surgery can be chosen: superficial excision or shaving, mucosal skinning, discoid excision, and segmental bowel resection. We believe that bowel resection can be avoided in some cases if mucosal skinning is first attempted. This video shows 2 endometriotic lesions of the rectosigmoid junction that were treated by mucosal skinning, hence avoiding an unnecessary segmental resection. The final result was satisfactory and postoperative outcome was uneventful. In 2008, the patient underwent a laparoscopic intervention, which revealed the presence of a deep infiltrating endometriosis and bilateral endometriotic cysts. Bilateral ovarian cystectomy was performed. Postoperative MRI for pelvic pains revealed a persistent lesion of the recto-vaginal septum. The patient then presented with persistent dysmenorrhea (8/10), chronic pelvic pain (8/10), dyschezia (6/10) without dyspareunia or bladder-related symptoms. Clinical examination showed a mobile anteverted uterus without clear evidence of a nodule lesion at the rectovaginal septum neither was it at the level of uterosacral ligaments, but most probably the presence of adhesions between the uterus and the rectosigmoid junction. Despite treatment with GnRH agonist, the patient was referred to the emergency department several times for bouts of intense pain.