Fibroids are noncancerous growths made of muscle and fibrous tissue that grow in or on the uterus. These growths most often appear in women between the ages of 30-40 and can either be very painful, or cause no symptoms at all. Some fibroids will shrink on their own, but others will continue to cause pain and require treatment from a specialist.

How Will I Know if I am at Risk for Fibroids?

The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but doctors believe hormones and genetics may play a role in their development. Many fibroid cases are discovered during a routine pelvic exam or ultrasound. For others, the following symptoms could indicate uterine fibroids:

  • Frequent and heavier than normal periods
  • Frequent urination or trouble emptying bladder
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Lower back and stomach pain
  • Swelling or bloating in the stomach or uterus

Fibroids can also cause infertility or complications while pregnant. Women who are planning to become pregnant should speak with their OB/GYN to learn more about how fibroids can affect their pregnancy outcomes. In addition to causing infertility, fibroids can increase the risk of preterm or c-section delivery and postpartum hemorrhaging.

“Our approach to treating fibroids is highly individualized and depends on the size, location and symptoms that the fibroids are causing. We can offer a range of medical and surgical treatments for a wide range of problems and will talk to you about all of your options at Sisters of Charity Hospital.” 

Hope Kathryn Woodroffe, DO

OB/GYN, Piver Center For Womens Health and Wellness

What Treatment Options are Available for Fibroids?

Some fibroids can be treated with simple modifications to your diet, or with medication. Other remedies include using a heating pad to reduce pain and cramping, over-the-counter pain relievers, and increased physical activity.

More severe cases may require minimally invasive procedures such as a myomectomy or uterine artery embolization or an open surgical procedure like a hysterectomy.

Myomectomies can be done laparoscopically or with robotic assistance with da Vinci system technology. The da Vinci system provides the surgeon with a 3D magnified view while they use a console to control the surgical instruments. This allows for better precision during your procedure, lower risk of complications, faster healing time, and less scarring.

Hysterectomies are not recommended for women who plan to conceive, as the procedure requires complete removal of the uterus. However, it is the only guaranteed way to end fibroids and their symptoms. Hysterectomies are usually considered as a last resort and only if all other treatment options were unsuccessful.

Finding a Solution That Works Best For You

When you meet with the gynecology specialists at Catholic Health, you will find compassionate medical professionals who are committed to providing you with the best care possible. Catholic Health’s gynecology team offer a wide range of services, and use the most advanced treatments currently available, including da Vinci system technology. Our experienced specialists work with you to provide the best treatment options based on your preferences and needs.

If you have unexplained period pain and heavy bleeding, you may be experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids. Schedule an appointment with our highly-skilled gynecologists to learn about available treatment options and find a personalized care plan that works best for you.

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Call (716) 923-7152