Uterine fibroids are quite common, with some research suggesting up to 80% of women develop them by age 50. In most cases, these fibroids cause no symptoms. However, if you have fibroids that lead to pain, cramping, and bleeding, you deserve treatment. The experts at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, diagnose and treat painful fibroids. Learn more about your options for easing fibroid pain by contacting Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous, muscular growths that develop on the walls of the uterus. Fibroids may be microscopic or grow large enough to cause disruptive symptoms. Some fibroids become large enough to distort your uterine structure.
Women with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop them. The hormone changes that occur with pregnancy and your menstrual cycle may also influence fibroid development.
Uterine fibroid detection often occurs during a routine pelvic exam or ultrasound. If these fibroids aren’t causing symptoms, there’s no need to have specific treatment to address them. However, your practitioner may recommend regular ultrasounds to watch their growth and development.
But if you have symptomatic fibroids, you should seek support from the team at Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC. Make an appointment if you experience:
Women with large fibroids experience increased frequency in urination and pain during sexual intercourse. You may also notice swelling and distension in your abdomen.
If your doctor suspects fibroids, you undergo an ultrasound to evaluate your reproductive health and evaluate any fibroids you may have. A pelvic exam also helps the doctor assess the size and shape of your uterus in relation to any fibroids.
An ultrasound also gives your doctor a better idea of the size and exact location of any fibroids. That helps them develop a treatment plan to ease pain and prevent other health complications.
If you have symptomatic fibroids, hormonal treatments, such as birth control pills or a hormonal IUD, can temporarily slow their growth and ease painful cramping and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Large fibroids may require surgery to treat. The form of surgery depends on the type and location of your fibroids:
Laparoscopic myomectomy involves removing the uterine fibroids, and your reproductive organs are kept intact. Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, uses a technique that dramatically minimizes blood loss in patients. You go home the same day and recover well enough to return to normal activities within one week.
You may also qualify for a MyoSure hysteroscopic myomectomy. During this procedure, your surgeon accesses the uterus vaginally, so you need no incisions. This is less invasive than the laparoscopic option and lasts just 30 minutes. You return home to recover the same day and can usually go back to work within a day or two.
Some women may also opt for a full hysterectomy or removal of the uterus to address problematic uterine fibroids.
If you suffer the symptoms of uterine fibroids, call Surgery of Tomorrow, LLC, or book a consultation online to learn more about your treatment options.