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Fibroids (or leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths that form in and around the wall of the uterus, often appearing during childbearing years. While fibroids are typically noncancerous, they can cause pain, vaginal bleeding, heavy periods, pelvic pressure, painful sex, obstructive urinary and bowel symptoms, and reproductive problems in some women.
The doctors at Winnie Palmer Hospital will diagnose your fibroids using an ultrasound, MRI or other imaging technique and determine the best treatment based on the fibroid’s size and location.
We may recommend nonsurgical, minimally invasive or surgical options to help shrink your fibroids. One such procedure, called a uterine artery embolization, cuts off the fibroid’s blood supply. This procedure is performed by our interventional radiologists as an outpatient procedure done under light anesthesia.
Treatment options include:
- Medication — Drug therapy may help alleviate heavy bleeding and painful periods, but it will not stop fibroid growth.
- Myomectomy — A procedure that involves removing the fibroids but leaving the uterus intact. At Winnie Palmer Hospital, we specialize in this fertility-sparing procedure.
- Hysterectomy — When other options have been unsuccessful, removal of the uterus may be necessary.
Your gynecologist at Winnie Palmer Hospital will recommend the best treatment for your particular situation, making sure you are comfortable every step of the way.