Twenty to eighty percent of women will suffer from uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. And while these growths are noncancerous, they can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. If you’re suffering from uterine fibroids or another gynecologic disorder, it’s important to know that help exists. The board-certified surgeons at La Peer Health Systems’ Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence specialize in providing minimally invasive treatments for a wide range of gynecologic issues. Contact our newly remodeled surgery center in Los Angeles for a consultation.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
Benign tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus, uterine fibroids (leiomyomas), can be as small as seeds or as large as cantaloupes. While smaller fibroids often require no treatment, larger fibroids can cause a number of unpleasant side effects and even distort the shape of the uterus. In rare cases, fibroids can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term. Seeing a board-certified gynecologic surgeon is the best way to determine if you need treatment for fibroids.
What Causes Uterine Fibroids?
There is no single cause of uterine fibroids. However, experts have linked the growth of uterine fibroids with an excess of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Fibroids are more common among black women than those of other racial groups. Additionally, uterine fibroids tend to run in families.
The following are symptoms of uterine fibroids:
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
- Discomfort during sex
- Frequent urination
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of uterine fibroids, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced gynecologic surgeon for treatment.
Hysteroscopy for Removing Uterine Fibroids
The experienced gynecologists at La Peer’s Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence recommend hysteroscopy as a treatment for uterine fibroids and uterine polyps. Both a diagnostic and a surgical procedure, hysteroscopy involves the insertion of an instrument called a hysteroscope through the vagina into the uterus. Using a laser, our expert surgeons can remove fibroids and uterine polyps. The procedure takes just 30 to 45 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis at our newly remodeled surgery center in Los Angeles. Hysteroscopy is an effective treatment for women suffering pain, bleeding or infertility problems as a result of fibroids.
MyoSure® for Fibroids
At La Peer’s Surgical Gynecology Center, our doctors utilize the MyoSure tissue removal system to take out fibroids without the need for invasive surgery. This system requires no incisions and is a fast, safe way of removing fibroids while preserving uterine form and function. After undergoing MyoSure, the majority of patients experience significant relief from the pain and excessive bleeding caused by fibroids.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When in the menstrual cycle should a hysteroscopy be performed?
A: Because the gynecologist needs to have a clear view of the uterus, patients should schedule their hysteroscopies for the week after their periods.
Q: Are there any dangers associated with undergoing a hysteroscopy?
A: Hysteroscopies are widely regarded as safe procedures for removing uterine fibroids. However, visiting an experienced doctor like the ones at the Gynecologic Surgery Center is crucial to avoiding side effects like scarring and injury to the cervix.
Q: Am I a good candidate for fibroid removal?
A: If you are experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding or pain as a result of fibroids, or you are suffering from infertility, you may want to consider having your uterine fibroids removed.
Visit the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence
Uterine fibroids can cause excessive bleeding and discomfort that affect your ability to participate in daily activities. If you’re suffering from fibroids or another type of gynecologic disorder, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts. Fill out our online contact form or call the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence at (888) 374-0367.
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