Colorectal endometriosis: ample data without definitive recommendations
Colorectal endometriosis, shaving, disc excision, segmental resection
Published online: Mar 31 2021
The preoperative work-up and optimal surgical approach to colorectal endometriosis is a highly studied topic lacking definitive recommendations. Synthesis of the available data can be extremely challenging for surgeons due to the heterogeneity of existing comparisons, a variety of studied surgical outcomes, and a predominant focus on operative complications. While these considerations are extremely important for surgeons performing such complex gynaecologic surgery there is still much to be desired with regards to evidence based guidelines for the preoperative assessment and surgical technique for colorectal endometriosis. Having an established guideline stating in which clinical situations endometriosis surgeons should performing rectovaginal shaving, versus discoid excision, versus segmental resection would be extremely important for all pelvic surgeons, even those operating in high-volume centres dedicated to the surgical management of complex endometriosis. This perspective highlights the shortcomings of the available data and attempts to create an algorithm surgeons can follow when performing surgery for colorectal endometriosis. This algorithm is based on our expert opinion after synthesising available data.