Dr. Whitney Ann Barnes, Gynecology & Minimal Invasive Surgery, Endometriosis Specialist.
City: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Medication: Medication is tailored to each patient, taking into account their unique medical circumstances and indications. This personalized approach considers factors such as the patient’s current health status and past medical history, prior experiences with medications, and individual management goals. I utilize non-narcotic pain relief medications such as NSAIDS, gabapentinoids, and SNRI/SSRI medications for central pain desensitization and hormonal regulation when appropriate. Every medication option is presented to the patient along with a thorough explanation of its intended goal and potential risk. This process is done in close collaboration with the patient, respecting the patient’s preferences and addressing the patient’s needs.
Approach to Persistent Pain After Surgery: Similar to my approach to treating endometriosis, my approach to managing persistent pain after surgery is personalized. Before proceeding with surgery, I engage in individualized patient counseling to review the risk of persistent or reoccurring pain. This approach recognizes that for some patients, endometriosis excision surgery is a single facet within a broader spectrum of care that may involve central and peripheral pain management, pelvic floor physical therapy, gastroenterology, pain management specialists, and dietary modifications. My ultimate goal is to alleviate the patient’s symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life.