Fibroids affect a large percentage of women. However, many don’t realize they have fibroids until they’re discovered during a routine pelvic exam. If you have fibroids or concerns about these noncancerous tumors, the women’s health experts at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, provide medical management for fibroids and in-office removal if needed. Call or schedule an appointment using the online booking button today.
Fibroids are noncancerous growths that form in the wall of your uterus. They’re also sometimes referred to as myomas or leiomyomas.
Fibroids vary in size and number, and you may or may not know that you have them. Fibroids are very common, affecting 20 to 80% of women by age 50.
In many cases, you may not know you have a fibroid because they often don’t cause symptoms, which is why the number of women affected is so variable. The team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may discover your fibroid, or fibroids, during a routine pelvic exam.
However, women who experience the common symptoms of fibroids may find them difficult to live with, such as:
After discovering fibroids during your routine pelvic exam, the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend additional diagnostic testing, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to determine the size, exact location, and the number of fibroids. The practice may also recommend an in-office sonohysterography, which is a special ultrasound that injects water into your uterus to improve imaging.
Treatment for your fibroids may depend on your symptoms. In many cases, the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology recommend monitoring your fibroids when you come in for your routine visits.
However, if your fibroids are causing life-altering symptoms, you may benefit from treatments, such as:
Fibroids are the most common reason women get a hysterectomy. But if you have future plans to have children, the team can perform a myomectomy to remove the tumor without affecting your ability to have children.
As a full-service OB/GYN practice, the team may be able to perform an in-office myomectomy using a hysteroscopy, which is a special telescope-like tool your OB/GYN inserts into your uterus to generate a real-time image, then inserts special surgical tools to remove the tumor.
The procedure is done under anesthesia to ease any discomfort and it may take you up to two days to recover. While surgery can remove your fibroids, it can’t prevent new ones from forming.
For fibroid management, call West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology today or schedule an appointment online.