Uterine fibroids usually aren’t cancerous, but the severe symptoms they may cause make fibroids the leading reason women receive hysterectomy procedures. Expert OB/GYN Lev Kandinov, MD, offers surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for fibroids at Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida. If you think you may have uterine fibroids, call or book an appointment online for compassionate care.
Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that develop in the muscular tissue of your uterus. Also called leiomyomas, fibroids can develop in a variety of ways, including:
You can have only one fibroid or many at the same time. Fibroids can range in size from a pea to a grapefruit. Sometimes, fibroids remain small for a long time and then grow suddenly or gradually.
Most women with fibroids don’t have any symptoms at all. When fibroids do cause symptoms, they tend to be severe. Common signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
Rarely, fibroids may cause difficulty getting pregnant, or infertility. If you do get pregnant when you have fibroids, you may be at higher risk of pregnancy complications such as preterm delivery.
Dr. Kandinov may discover that you have fibroids during a regular pelvic exam. He may be able to feel a painless lump or mass on your uterus. If so, or if you have symptoms that lead him to suspect you may have fibroids, he confirms their presence with a diagnostic ultrasound imaging test.
To know for sure that you have fibroids, Dr. Kandinov may need to perform another procedure, such as laparoscopy or hysteroscopy. These minimally invasive procedures allow Dr. Kandinov to view the inside of your uterus with specialized instruments that have cameras on them.
If your symptoms are mild, Dr. Kandinov may recommend medications, such as birth control pills, to manage your fibroids. Medications provide relief from pain and heavy bleeding but don’t prevent fibroids from growing.
Fibroids that create severe symptoms may require surgery to remove. Depending on your particular needs, Dr. Kandinov may recommend one of the following surgical procedures:
During this procedure, Dr. Kandinov removes the fibroids while leaving your uterus in place so you can still have children. Fibroids don’t grow back, but new ones may appear.
This procedure involves removing your entire uterus. You’re no longer able to have children after Dr. Kandinov performs a hysterectomy.
To learn more about your treatment options for fibroids, call Aventura OBGYN Specialists or book an appointment online.