Uterine fibroid treatments at Norton Women’s Care
If you are diagnosed with a fibroid but have no symptoms, you may not need treatment. Your gynecologist will check during your annual exam to see if the fibroid has grown. If you’re experiencing pain, heavy bleeding or other symptoms associated with fibroids, we offer treatment options based on your unique needs.
Uterine fibroid treatments
Because fibroids rely on hormones to grow, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills or other hormone therapy, which may help control heavy bleeding. This type of therapy provides only temporary relief. However, when you reach menopause and your body stops producing hormones, you can stop taking medication and the fibroid may naturally decrease in size.
For women experiencing more severe symptoms, uterine fibroid surgery may be the best option. Several procedures are available, including a traditional operation through an abdominal incision (considered major surgery with a lengthy recovery period), or minimally invasive procedures, such as a laparoscopy or hysteroscopy. These options offer a quicker recovery time for most patients.
Your physician will determine which uterine fibroid surgery is right for you depending on the size and location of the fibroids, your age, symptoms and whether you want to become pregnant in the future.
Hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is one of the more well-known treatment options for fibroids, but it is not the only treatment option. Hysterectomy is the only sure way fibroids cannot come back. A hysterectomy may be performed vaginally, laparoscopically or abdominally.
Myomectomy is a procedure that removes fibroids while sparing healthy uterine tissue. This is a desirable option for women who want to have children or who want to keep their uterus. Since the uterus remains, new fibroids can still develop after myomectomy. Myomectomy is performed laparoscopically.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
This procedure is done through a tiny incision in which a tube is threaded into the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. The tube delivers particles that block the vessels, which cause the fibroids to shrink. This procedure is for women with severe bulk symptoms who do not want a hysterectomy and do not want to get pregnant. UFE is performed by an interventional radiologist using imaging equipment.
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