Some women have benign tumors, also called fibroids or leiomyomata, which occur in the uterus. These fibroids aren’t harmful, and in many cases, women don’t even know they are there. Sometimes fibroids can cause problems that require treatment from a gynecologist. Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center offers the latest treatment options for patients who are experiencing problems related to uterine fibroids, including laparoscopic myomectomy.
When Symptoms Become Severe
Most fibroids cause little or no problems, and many women live normal lives without ever treating these benign tumors. Postmenopausal women are rarely affected by fibroids because the growths usually shrink after menopause. For some women, though, fibroids can cause moderate to severe symptoms such as heavy, irregular, or painful periods and pelvic and bladder pressure from an enlarged uterus. Fibroids may also affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant.
When Other Treatments Are Ineffective
Hormone therapy, iron supplements, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and embolization are all options for the treatment of uterine fibroids, but many of these treatments only address the symptoms. A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the fibroids from the uterus. If the procedure is done laparoscopically or robotically, the surgeon will make a small incision and skillfully guide the surgical tools to remove the tumors. This procedure leaves the uterus intact. Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomies are minimally invasive, allowing for easier and faster recovery than open surgery.
When the Patient Wishes to Conceive
Uterine fibroid embolization stops blood flow to fibroids in order to shrink them, but pregnancy is not common after treatment. Also, most hormone treatments mimic menopause and are not suitable for young women. According to the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, myomectomy is the only fibroid treatment that may improve the patient’s chances of conception. If symptoms are severe and can’t be treated with other care, your gynecologist will recommend removing the fibroids with a myomectomy using the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive surgery.
If you’re worried that uterine fibroids are causing gynecological pain or problems, make an appointment to learn more about your options. Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center offers the newest and latest technology for myomectomy procedures in Atlanta. Call (678) 999-6689 to schedule an appointment.