Plaza OB/GYN provides fibroids diagnosis and some of the best treatments for fibroids for Houston women.
Uterine fibroids, also called fibromyomas or myomas, are usually non-cancerous tumors that can grow inside, outside, or within the wall of the uterus. Although most are too small to be noticed, many women have fibroids at some point in their lives. Fibroids have a tendency to grow in the later years of life.
What are Fibroids?
The four types of known fibroids are intramural, submucosal, subserosal and pedunculated. All four are similar in makeup and made from abnormal uterine muscle cells growing in a tight environment. Fibroids range and size and weight, from very small to several inches long. Although most women with fibroids have no symptoms at all, some fibroids can cause:
- Pelvic pain
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Frequent urination
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Factors influencing the development of fibroids include early menstruation, genetic history, pregnancy, and birth control pills or other medication.
Fibroids Treatment Options
Diagnosis of uterine fibroids typically involves a thorough pelvic and ultrasound examination. Using sound waves to create a visual image of the uterus and surrounding tissues, we can identify, locate, and measure the fibroids. Our exam rooms are equipped with ultrasound machines. The patient is able see the image of her uterus and the fibroids immediately.
Myomectomy: Surgery to remove tumors when fibroids cause heavy bleeding or give pelvic pain.
Hysterectomy: When patients have problems with their fibroid and do not wish to have any more children another option is for them to have have uterus removed along with the fibroids.
Although fibroids are usually benign, one percent can be malignant. When fibroids are growing fast, they need to be removed to make sure they are not cancerous. Other conditions like bladder pressure or preventing pregnancy are reasons to remove them. Depending on the location and size of the fibroids, they can be removed through either a large incision or laparoscopy. This procedure is done by making a few small incisions at strategic points around the abdomen through which specialized surgical instruments and a very small camera are inserted. Extra precautions are always taken to prevent adhesions that can develop after surgery, which can prevent pregnancy.
For three decades, Plaza OB/GYN has provided Houston women unparalleled care from our nationally renowned doctors, creating a safe and nurturing environment for gynecological and obstetrics care.