Women with uterine fibroids experience pelvic pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, and infertility. Edsel Antonio, DO, and Farzana Alekseyeva, DO, of Rejuv Gynecology and Obstetrics in Jersey City and Cranford, New Jersey, have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids through minimally invasive approaches such as robotic surgery. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or have a known history of fibroids, book an appointment today. Scheduling is as simple as a visit to the website or a phone call.
Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are benign growths that occur within the muscle of your uterus or within the uterine cavity. They are mostly genetic in nature and occur during your reproductive years, or when you have your monthly periods.
Fibroids can range from small tumors that aren’t even visible with the human eye to large masses that distort the size and shape of your uterus. Some women have only one fibroid, while others have many.
For some women, fibroids cause no symptoms and pose no health problems. In other cases fibroids are disruptive to your normal routines, and can cause heavy and/or irregular bleeding as well as pelvic pain and even contribute to infertility.
Symptoms can range in severity from mild to severe, and include:
Because these symptoms can mimic many other common conditions, you should schedule a diagnostic exam if you notice any changes.
The exact cause of uterine fibroids are unknown, but there is a genetic predisposition (eg: if your mother, sister, close relatives have them). Fibroids require hormones and a blood supply to grow. Hormonal imbalance and location of a fibroid near major blood vessels can affect the rate of growth. Also, African American women have a higher rate of having fibroids.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Drs. Antonio and Alekseyeva will discuss your treatment options in detail, allowing you to make an informed decision. Fibroids that do not cause symptoms may be managed conservatively with medications such as birth control pills. Larger and symptomatic fibroids are always managed with a minimally invasive approach
Fibroids that grow inside of the uterine cavity can cause heavy or irregular bleeding. These fibroids can be removed by a hysteroscopic myomectomy procedure, specifically using Myosure system. Multiple and larger fibroids that grow within the uterine muscle and outside of the uterus can be removed by a robotic assisted laparoscopic myomectomy using the daVinci Robotic system.
If you have questions about these or other treatment options, book a visit today, either online or by phone.