THE first endometriosis centre in Cyprus has opened at the American Medical Centre in Nicosia, its head Andreas Stavroulis announced on Monday.
In Cyprus, an estimated 50,000 women suffer from the condition, which results from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the womb and causes pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation. According to data, 176 million women worldwide are struggling with the condition.
“Many women are suffering, have delayed diagnosis and multiple incomplete surgeries. They have neither accurate guidance nor monitored information and education to enable them to have an informed choice for their treatment,” the American medical centre stated.
“Up to one in two women with fertility problems has endometriosis,” Stavroulis said, adding, “in half a million you find 60 to 70 very severe cases, but the amount with mild cases is much bigger.”
Planning for the clinic has been going on for over a year, but the official opening followed this year’s EndoMarch on March 20, an event which aims to inform and raise awareness of this condition,. “It was an opportunity to wait for the increased awareness,” Stavroulis explained.
Cyprus participated for the first time in the worldwide EndoMarch, joining forces with 60 other countries around the world to inform and raise awareness of the disease with the slogan ‘It’s time to end the silence’.
The new endometriosis centre consists of a multidisciplinary team providing high-quality and evidence-based care that aims to assess and treat women with all grades of endometriosis ranging from mild disease to the most severe form involving the bowel, bladder and uterus.
The team includes a specialist nurse, pain specialist, bowel surgeon, urologist, gastroenterologist and a psychologist.
“The team is permanently on the island to look after patients throughout the year, before and after their treatment,” the centre’s head explained.
Andreas Stavroulis is a laparoscopic surgeon, researcher, lecturer and trainer for endoscopic and endometriosis surgery. He trained in London and worked for five years at University College London Hospital, the biggest laparoscopic and endometriosis centre in the UK. He has been working in Cyprus since October 2014 and operated in private clinics in Nicosia and Limassol on mild and complicated endometriosis cases.