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, at Aster OB/GYN on the Upper West Side of New York City, offers 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 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 may recommend laparoscopic removal of the fibroid. During a laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Fahmy makes a small incision through your abdomen, removes the fibroid from your uterus, cuts it into small pieces, and then removes it through another small incision in your abdomen.
While minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery are treatment options for fibroids, Dr. Fahmy may recommend nonsurgical treatment too.
If your fibroids aren’t causing symptoms, he may suggest a wait-and-see approach. He may also prescribe medications to help manage symptoms such as heavy bleeding or to reduce discomfort.
Dr. Fahmy 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.