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.
There are no known causes of uterine fibroids.
Diagnosis and Testing
- Pelvic ultrasound
- CT scan
- Blood test for anemia
- Endometrial biopsy
- 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