About Uterine Fibroids
It may still be unclear why women develop uterine fibroids, but researchers can still discover and develop ways to remove and manage them. Many patients may have fibroids with few or no symptoms, depending on the fibroids’ size and location within the uterus. Some of the most common symptoms a woman may experience include abnormal bleeding, pressure, and pain in their uterus. Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center is a fibroid treatment center in Manhattan, NY, serving patients throughout Greater New York City. Contact us if you are concerned about uterine fibroids and schedule an appointment for our caring staff to perform a thorough evaluation. Your evaluation may include transvaginal ultrasound and pelvic exam. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Common Symptoms of Fibroids
Fibroids are one of the most common issues our staff addresses at Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center. We understand your discomfort and the inconvenience these noncancerous growths can cause, and we strive to help you find relief. Our medical team must evaluate your symptoms before starting to consider treatment options. Below are some of the most common signs you may have uterine fibroids:
Heavy Vaginal Bleeding
Many patients experience heavy menstrual bleeding because of uterine fibroids. If you have soaked your pad or tampon within an hour or are passing blood clots, you likely have an excessive flow. Some patients also develop anemia-like symptoms, such as pale skin, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness.
Pelvic Pain and Discomfort
Chronic pelvic pain and discomfort are other indications of an issue involving the uterine wall. Many patients report heaviness in their pelvic region instead of severe pain. However, less common cases involve patients experiencing pain confined to a specific spot in their pelvic area. Women can alleviate this discomfort using pain relievers in most cases, but other times may require professional treatment.
Women who develop uterine fibroids often experience bladder problems resulting from their condition. These problems may include frequent urination or being unable to urinate even with a full bladder. We encourage you to speak with Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center’s team of medical professionals if you frequently wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
As fibroids grow on the uterus wall, they may start to push against a patient’s rectum. Those with this symptom report feeling of fullness and heaviness. They also experience problems having regular bowel movements. Talk with our staff immediately to avoid this issue causing hemorrhoids.
Discomfort or Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Large uterine fibroids can make sexual intercourse painful. Some patients report discomfort occurring only in certain sexual positions, while others experience pain during their menstrual cycle’s particular stages. Let us know right away if sex has become uncomfortable.
Lower Back Pain
Many patients suffer from lower back pain during their regular periods, but it can also be a symptom of fibroids. Uterine fibroids can grow and press against the muscles in your lower back, leading to significant discomfort. While this symptom is rare, patients must be aware of it.
How Do You Treat a Fibroid Uterus?
Fibroid Treatment is definitely determined on a case-by-case basis. Your fertility doctors may recommend undergoing a minimally invasive myomectomy or a more invasive approach depending on your fibroids’ size and location.
Fibroids’ size and location change how a medical professional conducts the procedure. We can remove fibroids through the cervix using a minimally invasive hysteroscopy if the fibroid is within the uterine cavity. Laparoscopy is another minimally invasive procedure we use to remove fibroids by making a tiny incision through your belly button on the lower abdomen. These procedures have significantly shorter recovery times because they are minimally invasive. They also have less initial pain and discomfort and produce no large visible scars, all while providing excellent results.
If we recommend an open or abdominal myomectomy because of multiple fibroids or an enlarged uterus, we will refer you to an affiliated hospital to let you recover for several days following the operation. This type of surgery is typically considered more invasive and uses a larger incision. Your surgeon will discuss with you the different surgical approaches and which option suits you best. The medical team at Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center always has your best interests in mind.
Effects on Fertility
Uterine fibroids can cause fertility issues, both with getting pregnant and maintaining pregnancy. Some fibroids should be removed to optimize or improve your pregnancy’s outcome. Fibroids found within the uterine cavity or large fibroids in the uterus’s muscular wall distorting the uterine cavity are the specific fibroid types warranting a conversation with a fertility specialist who performs gynecologic surgeries.
How Do You Diagnose Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine Fibroid diagnosis may require one or more methods, including ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). Pelvic ultrasounds are generally a highly accurate method to diagnose this issue without radiation. We may use one or more tests to gather all information on your fibroid. Your anatomy and the results of an initial ultrasound will typically determine whether we need to perform additional testing. We capture the best view of fibroids using transvaginal ultrasound because it produces fibroid images without organs and other obstructions. Sometimes, we detect fibroids after symptoms like back pain prompt imaging tests.
Types of Fibroid Treatments We Offer
There are many methods to treat patients’ uterine fibroids. Some are minimally invasive, while others are more invasive and warrant more significant discomfort and longer recovery. Some effective treatment options our Manhattan uterine fibroid specialists offer include the following:
A laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure involving inserting a narrow fiber optic scope called a laparoscope through tiny incisions we cut into your abdomen. This option lets our doctors see inside your body and evaluate your reproductive system’s structures, such as your ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. We may use a laparoscopy when other tests cannot provide enough information for us to properly diagnose your condition.
This procedure involves removing fibroids from the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other structures inside your body. A laparoscopic myomectomy treats pain, infertility, bleeding and pressure these fibroids cause. We may recommend this option for women who wish to become pregnant because it preserves the uterus.
Alternative Fibroid Treatment Options
Other treatment options to manage and eliminate uterine fibroids include hormonal manipulation and myomectomy. Hormone manipulation medically manages a patient’s fibroids through hormonal treatments. A myomectomy involves removing fibroids by surgical excision. Medical specialists typically avoid performing a myomectomy unless it is absolutely necessary.
Why Do Patients Usually Need Multiple Procedures?
Many patients require multiple procedures to treat fibroids for different reasons. For instance, patients with multiple fibroids may develop new fibroids after surgery following a laparoscopic myomectomy. Multiple surgeries may be necessary to resolve these growths as they occur. Our surgical team may use procedures like a laparoscopy to identify additional fibroids and evaluate the condition of your internal structures.
Fibroid Treatment Risks & Recovery Details
The risks of fibroid treatment include bleeding and damaging other structures, such as organs and blood vessels. However, the procedures carry a much lower risk profile if performed by an experienced fibroid treatment center. Embolization’s primary risk is damaging blood vessels, and there is a very low chance of blocking blood flow to an area unintended for embolization. Extremely rare risks include hormonal disturbances, ovarian dysfunction, and uterine infection. Ablation carries risks like damaging normal tissue and adjacent structures. Overall, minimally invasive procedures carry far less risk than traditional surgery, while most cases also reap equal or superior results.
Fibroid Treatment Cost in New York City
Manhattan Reproductive Surgery Center’s top priority is providing the best possible care to our patients. We gain a better understanding of your unique fibroid case during an initial consultation to determine the best treatment option. Before your consultation, we collect your insurance information to verify our fibroid treatment center accepts your insurance plan. If we do not accept it, we will inform you of any costs connected with your uterine fibroid consultation and assist you with weighing your options. You must see a doctor before we can tell you about what treating your condition will entail, both medically and financially. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our caring medical professionals.