Uterine Fibroids: 7 Symptoms to Be Aware Of
Noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus are called fibroids, and they commonly occur prior to menopause. While not life threatening, if fibroid symptoms become problematic, it may be wise to see a fibroid specialist; many advanced treatments such as robotic myomectomy can remove these bothersome growths, without the need for major surgery.
There are seven common symptoms that could indicate you are suffering from fibroids:
• Heavy bleeding during periods
• Frequent urination
• Unexplained abdominal bloating
• Lower back pain
• Long menstrual cycles
While none of these symptoms alone is proof that uterine fibroids are present, if you suspect they are at the root of your discomfort, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor. If you become anemic from heavy periods or have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term, for example, your doctor may want to consider a medical intervention.
Los Angeles-area OB/GYN Dr. David Ghozland is an expert when it comes to minimally invasive surgery for fibroids. One of his areas of specialty is the use of robotic myomectomy. When a myomectomy is performed, Dr. Ghozland removes the fibroids but reconstructs the uterus (as opposed to removing the uterus too, as is done with a hysterectomy).
Myomectomy is minimally invasive and when it is performed laparoscopically or robotically, you will not even require an overnight hospital stay. While robotic myomectomy is not the only available fibroid treatment (and not everyone is a candidate), it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced physician like Dr. Ghozland to discuss your specific symptoms and treatment options.
Fibroids can be painful and lead to troubling health symptoms that will not go away on their own. Call for your consultation today of you suspect uterine fibroids have negatively impacted your health and quality of life.