FIBROIDS AT A GLANCE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Fibroids: This These are abnormal and muscular tumors which can be found in or on a woman’s uterus. They are usually noticeable during a female’s reproductive years. It is important to note that fibroids are non-cancerous and can be singular or multiple in growth. Additionally, fibroids growth range in varied sizes. For some females, the presence of fibroids are barely noticeable while others might suffer from various symptoms which are difficult to cope with.
Fibroid Symptoms: While it is important to note that not all women with fibroids will experience symptoms, those who do experience symptoms may do so in the form or presence of: heavy bleeding, lower back pain, pain during intercourse, frequent urination, problems conceiving or difficulty during pregnancy, enlargement of the abdomen and pelvic pain.
Fibroid Treatment: Typically, fibroids are diagnosed via a pelvic exam, an ultra sound and or a pelvic MRI. Upon diagnosis, it is imperative to find a doctor that will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. Dr. Ulas Bozdogan is a specialist in diagnosing and in treating uterine fibroids. Dr. Bodzdogan will meet with you to develop a treatment plan based upon your age, the size of your fibroids, and your overall health. In developing a treatment plan, all options and combination of options are considered and explored before resorting to surgical remediation.
If surgery is the definitive therapy, a minimally invasive technique such as the robotic approach will be utilized by Dr. Bozdogan. Dr. Bozdogan is a specialist in robotic surgery which shortens recovery time. His state-of-the-art technology enables complete excision while sparing the architecture of the uterus. When fertility is no longer desired, Dr. Bozdogan’s robotic approach can perform a hysterectomy, which means a permanent removal of the uterus’ fibroids, too.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is a fibroid a tumor?
Technically, yes, on the basis that any lump, mass, or out-of-the-ordinary collection of tissue is a tumor. However, fibroids are not malignant, i.e., they are not cancerous. Fibroid tumors while not cancerous, in some instances may be problematic by just being present, interfering with the normal function of the uterine wall’s layers within which they are positioned.
Where do fibroids come from?
Fibroids may be genetic or they may be caused by fluctuation of hormonal levels. Females with a family history of fibroids are more likely to develop these tumors. African Americans are also more likely than other groups to develop this condition.
Could other conditions cause any of these symptoms?similar to endometriosis?
Yes. Other conditions can cause some of the symptoms previously mentioned. For example, a condition called adenomyosis in which glandular tissue grows into the muscular layer of your uterus can cause heavier periods. An ovarian cyst can cause pain, and an infection can cause painful intercourse.