Uterine fibroids are a common complaint, but there are treatments that can help. At Capital Women’s Care, the team including Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman, Dr. Rachael Cleberg, Dr. Kirsten Beeson, and Morgan Wilkerson, PA-C, provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to women in Montgomery County. If you’re concerned about troubling changes in your menstrual cycle or pelvic pain, call to book an appointment today at the Bethesda, Maryland, office.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are lumps of tissue that develop on your uterus. They are almost never cancerous, nor do they increase your risk of developing cancer.
Fibroids can range in size from so tiny they’re undetectable to the human eye to larger than a softball. In rare cases, a fibroid can grow so large it expands your uterus until it reaches your rib cage.
You can have one fibroid or many. In many cases, fibroids are asymptomatic, and you may not even know they’re present. For other women, however, fibroids are incredibly painful and disruptive.
When uterine fibroids do present symptoms, they might include:
Researchers are unaware of the exact causes of uterine fibroids but believe genetics, hormones, and growth factors may play causal roles. Fortunately, fibroids can be treated or removed through a process called myomectomy.
There are various ways to treat uterine fibroids, and your treatment path at Capital Women’s Care depends on the extent of your symptoms. Medications can help shrink fibroids, reduce pain, and relieve heavy bleeding.
In some cases, the best approach is surgical fibroid removal, a process called myomectomy. The procedure can often be done laparoscopically, which results in smaller scars and swifter recovery as compared to an open surgical procedure.
A series of small incisions allow your doctor at Capital Women’s Care to access your uterus and remove fibroids through the same incisions. If needed, they may break larger fibroids into smaller pieces prior to removal. Another approach is to access your uterus through your vagina and cervix. This procedure requires no external incisions.
In rare cases, the best way to permanently eliminate uterine fibroids is hysterectomy or the surgical removal of your uterus. This procedure is never the first line of defense against uterine fibroids and is only a consideration after less invasive options have proven unsuccessful.
To explore diagnostic and treatment options for uterine fibroids, including a fibroid removal myomectomy, call to schedule a visit at Capital Women’s Care today.