Uterine fibroids, also called fibromyomas or myomas, are tumors in the uterus. Because they are benign, treatment may not be necessary. However, depending on the size, number, and location of fibroids, they can cause considerable pain, complications during pregnancy, and other problems. If you have fibroids, Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Katy, TX, can help you decide what, if any, treatment is appropriate.
Fibroids are classified in one of four categories:
- Intramural fibroids are the most common type. They are found within the uterine wall.
- Cervical fibroids are found in the cervix (“neck” of the uterus.)
- Submucosal fibroids are found beneath the uterine wall lining, in the muscle tissue.
- Subserosal fibroids are found outside of the uterine wall. These often grow to a substantial size.
Nearly one third of all hysterectomies performed in the United States are due to uterine fibroids. A hysterectomy is a serious surgery, with physical and psychological implication. Unfortunately, many women undergo the operation unnecessarily.
Dr. Jenkins believes in choosing the most conservative, least invasive option in any situation. After a comprehensive examination for an accurate diagnosis, he will discuss your options. An important deciding factor is the symptoms you may be experiencing. If you have pain, discomfort, bleeding, or other complications, removal of the fibroids may be necessary. However, if they are not causing problems, he may recommend simply monitoring the situation. The potential for pregnancy is also an important consideration, as fibroids (even if you have no symptoms) can cause complications.
Even if you and the doctor decide that the fibroids should be removed, that does not necessarily mean you need a hysterectomy. Dr. Jenkins uses minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which allows him to remove the tumor and nothing else in many cases. The procedure known as a myomectomycan be performed open (abdominal incision), laparoscopically, or hysteroscopically. The pain and downtime are minimal, and the procedure is exceedingly accurate. When a hysterectomy is necessary, it is also performed with laparoscopic techniques, causing much less discomfort, downtime, and scarring than traditional methods.
If you have been told that you need invasive, expensive surgery for fibroids, it is advisable to seek a second opinion from Dr. Jenkins. Call 855-346-8610 and schedule your appointment.
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