Treating Uterine Fibroids with a Myomectomy
Although uterine fibroids occur in nearly all women during their childbearing years, most have little or no symptoms by the time they hit 50. But for a small percentage the noncancerous tumors can cause irregular bleeding, severe pain and infertility. Thankfully, there is a treatment option that doesn’t involve a hysterectomy.
What are uterine fibroids?
These benign and usually round tumors originate in the uterus and are made up of the same muscles found in the uterine wall or myometrium. Yet, unlike normal myometrium, uterine fibroids are denser.
Tumors located near the uterine lining may interfere with blood flow which can lead to heavy, long and painful periods. This excessive bleeding can also severely deplete a woman’s iron levels, causing her to develop anemia.
Fibroids can potentially cause infertility by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg, blocking the fallopian tubes or stopping the embryo from moving into the uterus.
Remove fibroids without removing the uterus
The pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids may be too much for a woman to handle and may be interfering with her desire to have children. In the past, women dealing with issues with their reproductive organs usually had few options besides a full hysterectomy, which involves the removal of the uterus. But today women can opt for a myomectomy and still be able to have children and live without the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids.
This minimally invasive surgery will remove the fibroids and reduce pain and abnormal menstrual bleeding. In addition, it should increase the woman’s chances of conceiving, if the fibroids were the cause of infertility.
During the laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon will remove the fibroids on the outside of the uterus. Unlike other procedures that require a hospital stay and long recovery time, the patient can return home immediately after a myomectomy.
To find out how this treatment can help alleviate fibroid-associated issues, call Dr. Ghozland in his Los Angeles office at (310) 299-7143 to schedule a consultation.