If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding every month and have abdominal pain, it may be due to uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus. In some cases, uterine fibroids do not cause any symptoms at all and eventually go away on their own. In other cases, they can cause a myriad of symptoms including heavy menstrual periods, abdominal pains, premature birth, labor problems and infertility.
When uterine fibroids are not causing symptoms, they are usually left alone and possibly monitored to make sure they do not grow significantly in size and start causing symptoms. However, when uterine fibroids are causing symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that may be considered including medications to shrink the tumor and surgical procedures to remove them. Your OBGYN can recommend the most suitable treatment to suit your specific needs and according to your medical history.
Fortunately, there are now less-invasive surgical methods for removing uterine fibroids. These advanced surgical techniques provide for less bleeding, a decreased risk for complications and a faster recovery time as compared to traditional surgery. MyoSure® is one example. MyoSure® fibroid removal is a minimally invasive procedure that involves accessing the uterus through the vagina with a hysteroscope and performing a myomectomy (removal of the fibroids). This procedure is a safe and effective method of removing fibroids and does not harm the uterine lining, so patients can have children in the future. MyoSure® fibroid removal is an outpatient procedure and most patients are fully recovered in two days.
If uterine fibroids are negatively affecting your quality of life or making it difficult for you to become pregnant, talk to your OBGYN today about the available treatment options. After a thorough evaluation, he or she can determine if MyoSure® fibroid removal is right for you.
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.