Raj K. Syal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Jenna A. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Holly Westmoreland, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Kellyn Rielly D.O.   

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are mostly non-cancerous growths that occur on or in the uterus

Uterine fibroids are generally non-cancerous growths that occur on or in the uterus. Fibroids tend to shrink during menopause.

Common Causes

There are no known causes of uterine fibroids.

Diagnosis and Testing

  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • Blood test for anemia
  • Endometrial biopsy

Treatment Options

  • If patient is not having any problems, the option for no treatment is an acceptable option
  • Birth control pills or progesterone to control bleeding
  • Myomectomy is the surgical removal of the fibroids without removing the uterus (depending on the size and location of the fibroids, this may be an option)
  • Fibroids are removed thru an incision via laparoscopy, using the da Vinci robot, or thru the cervix via hysteroscopy
  • Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the fibroids; usually this can be done using less invasive types of surgery