Fibroid Management Specialist Questions and Answers
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The female reproductive system is remarkably complex with many sensitive interworking parts that depend on a delicate balance in order to properly function. Due to its incredibly intricate structure, there are a number of issues that can affect the female reproductive system. One complication that can affect this system are fibroids, benign growths of muscular and connective tissues that accumulate in or around the uterus.
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime; however, only a small percentage of these women will develop symptoms or require treatment. The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they are almost always benign, or noncancerous, and will not spread to other areas of the body. While some fibroids result from cancer, benign fibroids cannot become cancer; cancerous fibroids are very rare. Due to this fact, it is equitable for asymptomatic women to opt for observation and prevention rather than treatment. Studies have shown that fibroids grow at different rates, even if the same woman has more than one. They often range from the size of a pea to the size of a walnut, but, in rare cases, can grow much larger. Even if fibroids grow to a large size, there are timely and effective treatments to provide relief.
While fibroids are not typically considered life-threatening, they can cause many adverse health effects. Because they can distort the uterine cavity, fibroids can contribute to fertility issues, affecting a woman’s ability to conceive. Approximately five to ten percent of infertile women have fibroids. Fibroids that develop on the inside of the uterus can make alterations to the uterine lining and negatively influence embryo implantation or development, potentially increasing the risk of miscarriage. During pregnancy, fibroids are also associated with placental abruption, preterm labor, and babies who develop at a rate that is smaller than normal for their gestational age. When the uterine cavity is distorted by large fibroids, it may also increase the risk for cesarean delivery, breech birth, or abnormal labor.
Most women with fibroids are asymptomatic, meaning they experience no symptoms at all. However, large or numerous fibroids can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
– Heavy or prolonged periods
– Bleeding between periods
– Pelvic pain and pressure
– Frequent urination
– Low back pain
– Pain during intercourse
– Difficulty getting pregnant
The most common treatment for fibroids is Acessa, or Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap RFA). Also known as laparoscopic fibroid removal, Lap RFA is a minimally invasive procedure to remove uterine fibroids. The procedure can help relieve uterine fibroid symptoms such as pain in the pelvic region, abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding, and pressure on the bowel or bladder. As this procedure uses small, specialized surgical instruments inserted through one or more small incisions in the abdomen, it eliminates the need for invasive surgeries. In order to treat the tissues, heat is directly delivered into a fibroid, causing it to shrink into a soft mass that is eventually absorbed by the body. Patients benefit from less pain, shorter hospital stays (if any), fewer complications (such as infection), less scarring, faster recovery and faster return to normal activities. If you are experiencing symptoms related to uterine fibroids, come to Women’s Health Consulting IL for professional care today. Our women’s health specialists can help diagnose your condition and find the best treatment for your situation. Call us today to book an appointment for uterine fibroid treatment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 200 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60604. We look forward to serving you!