Table 1

Patient-reported symptoms prior to laparoscopic surgical excision of rectovaginal endometriosis and at 6 months, 1 year and 2 years post-treatment (median scores are presented (0–10 for the first nine symptoms and 0–4 for the remaining five symptoms) with total number of responses in round brackets and 95% CI of the median in square brackets)

SymptomsPresurgery6 months12 months24 monthsShort term*
(baseline vs 6 months)
Long term*
(baseline vs 24 months)
Change†
(6 months vs 24 months)
Premenstrual pain‡7 [7 to 7] (3853)3 [3 to 3] (1817)3 [3 to 4] (1120)3 [3 to 4] (531)0.000↑ (1785)0.000↑ (527)0.000↓ (358)
Menstrual pain‡9 [9 to 9] (3857)5 [4 to 5] (1810)5 [4 to 5] (1116)5 [4 to 6] (524)0.000↑ (1781)0.000↑ (522)0.004↓ (354)
Non-cyclical pelvic pain6 [6 to 6] (4155)2 [2 to 2] (2170)2 [2 to 2] (1360)3 [2 to 3] (658)0.000↑ (2160)0.000↑ (656)0.000↓ (453)
Deep dyspareunia6 [5 to 6] (3987)1 [0 to 1] (1998)1 [1 to 1] (1247)2 [1 to 2 ] (608)0.000↑ (1952)0.000↑ (598)0.000↓ (403)
Cyclical dyschezia‡6 [6 to 6] (3852)1 [0 to 1] (1834)1 [0 to 1] (1157)2 [1 to 3] (536)0.000↑ (1799)0.000↑ (535)0.000↓ (359)
Non-cyclical dyschezia3 [2 to 3] (4136)0 [0 to 0] (2178)0 [0 to 0] (1374)0 [0 to 1] (655)0.000↑ (2162)0.000↑ (646)0.000↓ (449)
Lower back pain6 [6 to 6] (4151)3 [3 to 3] (2188)3 [3 to 3] (1376)3 [3 to 4] (660)0.000↑ (2172)0.000↑ (656)0.027↓ (457)
Bladder pain or pain passing urine0 [0 to 0] (4085)0 [0 to 0] (2162)0 [0 to 0] (1369)0 [0 to 0] (652)0.000↑ (2122)0.000↑ (638)0.034↓ (446)
Difficulty emptying bladder0 [0 to 0] (4003)0 [0 to 0] (2135)0 [0 to 0] (1360)0 [0 to 0] (650)0.000↑ (2075)0.105 (628)0.002↓ (440)
Frequent bowel movements2 [2 to 2] (3996)2 [2 to 2] (2154)2 [2 to 2] (1372)2 [2 to 2] (660)0.000↑ (2087)0.012↑ (626)0.051 (451)
Urgent bowel movements1 [1 to 1] (3997)1 [1 to 1] (2154)1 [1 to 1] (1371)1 [1 to 1] (658)0.000↑ (2091)0.006↑ (623)0.000↓ (449)
Incomplete emptying sensation1 [1 to 1] (3981)1 [1 to 1] (2149)1 [1 to 1] (1372)1 [1 to 1] (659)0.000↑ (2075)0.000↑ (623)0.004↓ (447)
Constipation2 [1 to 2] (4001)1 [1 to 1] (2156)1 [1 to 1] (1368)1 [1 to 1] (658)0.000↑ (2091)0.002↑ (628)0.001↓ (449)
Blood in the stool0 [0 to 0] (3894)0 [0 to 0] (1912)0 [0 to 0] (1206)0 [0 to 0] (546)0.000↑ (1831)0.038↑ (507)0.001↓ (350)
  • A lower score is associated with less severe symptoms.

  • Note that there is some variation in total number of responses depending on whether patients chose not to answer some questions.

  • *Statistical comparison (Mann-Whitney U test) of short-term symptom scores (6 months postsurgery) and long-term symptom scores (2 years postsurgery) with baseline scores (presurgery).

  • †Statistical comparison (Mann-Whitney U test) of change in symptom scores over time post-treatment (between 6 months and 2 years).

  • ‡Excludes patients who had a hysterectomy prior to this surgery.

  • ↑, statistically significant increase; ↓, statistically significant decrease.