For some women, uterine fibroids can cause pelvic pain, heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding, and other bothersome symptoms. They may also prevent you from carrying a pregnancy full term. The team at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, in Grand Island and Hastings, Nebraska, are experienced in treating fibroids and can develop a treatment plan that includes a minimally invasive surgical procedure that gets you back on your feet quicker than traditional open surgery. Call the office nearest you today or request your appointment online.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus and often appear during your childbearing years.
These benign tumors can range in size from tiny seedlings that aren’t visible to the human eye to bulky masses that change the shape and size of your uterus. Some women have only one fibroid, while others may have numerous fibroids that can enlarge your uterus to the point that it touches your rib cage.
Yes. Doctors usually categorize fibroids into three types, which are defined according to their location in your uterus. Intramural fibroids grow within the muscular uterine wall itself. Submucosal fibroids bulge inward or grow into your uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids project outward, forming lumps and bumps on your outer uterine wall. Both submucosal and subserosal fibroids can also hang from a stalk that’s attached to the uterus (pedunculated).
Many women never realize they have fibroids because they have no symptoms. The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
The size, location, and the number of fibroids generally determine whether your fibroids become symptomatic or not.
If your fibroids don’t cause severe symptoms or you’re close to menopause (when fibroids shrink and stop causing symptoms), you may not need treatment. Alternatively, your provider may take a watchful waiting approach to monitor how fast they grow.
When you have large, painful fibroids, your provider starts your treatment with hormonal medications. Medications can ease your symptoms, but they don’t treat or eliminate fibroids.
If you have severe symptoms or your fibroids affect your ability to get pregnant, your provider may recommend minimally invasive surgery, often a myomectomy, to remove the fibroids while preserving your uterus. However, if you don’t plan to have children in the future, a hysterectomy is another option.
If you need relief from fibroid symptoms, call Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, or schedule an appointment online today.