A Hysterectomy Is Not Your Only Option When It Comes To Fibroids

How do I know if I have fibroids?

Symptoms include:

  • Intense menstrual cramps

  • Vaginal bleeding that is not related to your period

  • Heavy menstrual periods and anemia caused by blood loss

  • Pain during sex

  • Abdominal pain

  • Infertility and miscarriages

  • Pressure that causes difficulty urinating, constipation and pain in the rectum

Fibroids are diagnosed by clinical examination and ultrasound. Additional evaluation may include a hysteroscopy, a procedure that uses a small camera to closely examine the lining of the uterus and take tissue samples if needed.

Innovative Treatments for Fibroids

1. Removal using a MyoSure device.

If a fibroid is discovered during a hysteroscopy, it can be removed by using something like the MyoSure device. We gently insert the instrument into the uterus through your vagina, where the fibroid is cut away. Depending upon the size of the tumor, it can be removed within 10 minutes.

2. MRI-guided ultrasound surgery

In this procedure, specialized (interventional) radiologists target the fibroids using MRI-guided imagery and then deliver ultrasound waves to the area, which destroy the tumors. The waves are sent through the skin and there is no need for an incision.

3. Uterine artery embolization

Specialized (interventional) radiologists inject tiny, grain-like particles into uterine blood vessels where they attach to the fibroids and cut off the blood supply. As a result, the fibroids shrink. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.

4. Endometrial ablation.

During this procedure, we remove the lining of your uterus. This can be done using cryoablation, heated saline fluid, a heated balloon-like device, or microwaves/radiofrequency. While it does not remove fibroids, it can be effective in treating issues with abnormal bleeding that fibroids may cause.

It cannot be performed if you are pregnant. If you have an IUD, it must be removed before the procedure. This procedure should not be performed on those who may desire biological children in the future.

Atlanta Fibroid Clinic will work with you to determine the procedure that is the best option for you.

There are several factors we take into account when we consider how to treat your fibroid tumors. We examine the size, number, and location of the tumors, your symptoms, whether or not you want to have children and other factors. This is the only way to create a truly tailored plan to meet your needs.

If you’re having trouble with fibroids, remember that a hysterectomy is not your only option.

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