Uterine fibroids are muscular benign tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. They can be very small or large. The cause of fibroids is unknown.
In many cases, fibroids have no symptoms and are only discovered during a pelvic exam or a prenatal ultrasound. In other cases, the symptoms can include the following:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Prolonged menstrual periods
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder
- Increased abdominal distention
- Backache or leg pains
If you are experiencing the above symptoms an ultrasound can confirm whether or not you have fibroids. Sometimes an MRI is also ordered to get more details on the size and location of fibroids as well as the type of fibroids.
Many treatment options exist. Medication can be recommended to either shrink the fibroids or prevent the heavy bleeding caused by fibroids. Progestin releasing IUD (intrauterine device) can also relieve heavy bleeding due to fibroids. It, however, does not shrink or makes the fibroids disappear.
Non-invasive treatment such as MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery can be performed. It is a procedure that requires no cutting but instead uses MRI to locate the fibroid and then uses the ultrasound to destroy fibroid tissue.
Minimally invasive procedures can be performed to destroy fibroids. Each individual situation should be considered as some of those are not recommended to women who want to have children. Talk to you GYN about the below procedures to find out if they are right for you
- Uterine artery embolization
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy
- Endometrial ablation
More invasive options are abdominal myomectomy and hysterectomy. In abdominal myomectomy, fibroids are removed through an open abdominal procedure. Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Hysterectomy remains the only proven permanent solution for uterine fibroids.
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