Learn If Uterine Fibroids Surgery Is Right For You
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Uterine fibroids (also known as Myomas and Fibroid tumors) are benign growths that appear in the uterus. While not cancerous, these growths do have the potential to cause various problems with the reproductive system. Uterine fibroids attach to the muscle layer that makes up the lining of the uterus. If fibroids start to grow, they can become a source of pain or discomfort.
Who suffers from Uterine Fibroids?
Between 20%-50% of women of childbearing age have uterine fibroids, and do not know it. The condition appears to become more common with increasing age, though women who do not develop it by menopause are unlikely to.
What are the causes and symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
While the exact cause uterine fibroids is unclear, estrogen and progesterone have been linked to it. Because these hormones are highest during childbearing years, the prevalence of uterine fibroids is also highest at this time.
Uterine fibroids generally do not cause noticeable symptoms. However, in cases where they do, the symptoms include the following:
- Very heavy or long menstrual periods
- Severe cramping that may be felt in the stomach or the backs of the legs in addition to the back
- Pain or pressure in the pelvic area
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Frequent urination, incontinence, or inability to urinate caused by pressure on the bladder
- Bloating or constipation caused by pressure on the bowel
- In very rare cases, fibroid tumors can develop into cancer
What treatment options are available for Uterine Fibroids?
An initial pelvic exam and an ultrasound determine the size, location, and number of fibroids that are present. While fibroids that are currently not causing any symptoms do not need to be treated, your doctor may schedule regular pelvic exams to monitor their growth and distribution. When symptoms are relatively light, it is often possible to treat them with medication, including pain medication and birth control pills. In cases where heavy bleeding leads to anemia, iron supplements may be prescribed.
If symptoms worsen or conventional remedies do not alleviate the problems, you may want to look into a surgical solution for your uterine fibroids. There are two main types of surgery for removing uterine fibroids:
- Myomectomy: In this procedure, the fibroids are removed from the uterus. It is the preferred option for women who are hoping to get pregnant, though it may result in the fibroids growing back.
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- Hysterectomy: This procedure involves removing the uterus completely. It is the only sure way of getting rid of fibroids for good. Symptoms should disappear entirely, but the woman is no longer able to get pregnant.
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- Endometriosis Recesion: This form of laparoscopic surgery is often done on an outpatient basis. Adhesions may be excised (cut) or destroyed with a laser scalpel or electrical current and minimal scarring occurs.
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