In many cases, you may not even be aware you have fibroids until they’re detected during your routine gynecological exam. While fibroids are benign, they can cause discomfort and heavy bleeding. Farris Fahmy, MD, FACOG and Dr. Ravikumar at Aster OB/GYN on the Upper West Side of New York City, offer minimally invasive treatment options for fibroids. If you’re experiencing discomfort from fibroids, call the office or book an appointment online.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors in your uterus. Fibroids are the most common tumor seen in the female reproductive organs, but you may not even be aware you have a one. They are often found during a routine gynecological exam.
Fibroids come in various sizes, ranging from as small as a seed to as large as a cantaloupe, and maybe one or many.
Many women don’t experience symptoms when they have a fibroid, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cause symptoms in some women.
Common symptoms of fibroids include:
If your fibroid symptoms are disrupting your life, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar may recommend minimally invasive treatments to reduce or destroy the fibroid, including:
If these minimally invasive procedures are ineffective or not appropriate for you, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar may recommend laparoscopic removal of the fibroid. During a laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Fahmy or Dr. Ravikumar make a small incision through your abdomen, remove the fibroid from your uterus, cut it into small pieces, and then remove it through another small incision in your abdomen.
While minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery are treatment options for fibroids, Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar may recommend nonsurgical treatment too.
If your fibroids aren’t causing symptoms, they may suggest a wait-and-see approach. They may also prescribe medications to help manage symptoms such as heavy bleeding or to reduce discomfort.
Dr. Fahmy and Dr. Ravikumar may recommend traditional surgery, including:
If you’re experiencing symptoms that you suspect may be a fibroid, call the office or book an appointment online for a consultation.