What Is a Fibroid?
When you have uterine fibroids, the best course of action is to have the fibroid removed. These benign lumps on your uterus can range in size and can cause inflammation, pain, and really heavy menstrual periods. Uterine fibroids are benign lumps that can appear on the inside or outside of your uterus. Fibroids can become large, inflamed, and cause heavy bleeding during menstruation. You may have had an ultrasound with another physician and then referred to see a gynecologist. Our board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Otto Huertas, provides comprehensive fibroid removal at his practice at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX. We also use ultrasounds to detect fibroids and minimally invasive treatments to remove these uterine growths.
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What are the symptoms of a fibroid?
Uterine fibroids can grow on the inside and outside of your uterus. Both types of fibroids can damage and expand your uterus. Even though you can't see them, there are symptoms to watch for that could indicate their presence. Fibroids can cause heavier bleeding during your menstrual cycle, pain, excessive bloating, periods that last longer than seven days, aches in your back and pelvic area, an overactive bladder, harsh cramping, and painful sexual intercourse. Fibroids may not be life-threatening growths, but they can make you feel terrible pain each menstrual cycle.
What Causes Fibroids?
There are many potential causes for uterine fibroids, but the exact cause is unknown. Some possible contributing factors include age, genetics, diet, and hormone levels. Fibroids are more common in women between 35 to 50 years old. They also seem to run in families — if your mother had fibroids then there is a good chance that you could develop them too. A poor diet is also a contributing factor, and studies suggest that women who eat more red meat are at a higher risk of developing fibroids.
Our Fibroid Removal Options
Dr. Huertas can remove fibroids at local hospitals or accredited surgical centers in the DFW area where he has medical privileges. He may recommend a surgical option to remove your fibroids depending on the location, size, and type of fibroids you have. He may recommend a minimally invasive hysteroscopy, which would involve making incisions in your abdomen to remove the fibroids with the guidance of a hysteroscope. Sometimes a hysterectomy is warranted to stop recurring fibroids from developing. You can expect to have a follow-up appointment within the week following your fibroid removal, unless directed otherwise by Dr. Huertas.
Other considerations for fibroid removal
There are some patients that choose not to have a fibroid removed. In some circumstances, this may be okay. On the other hand, while a fibroid may not be life-threatening, it could cause symptoms you don't have to live with (like pain, heavy periods, and more). One of the main reasons why women have fibroids removed is that fibroids can become a barrier to getting pregnant. Unexplained infertility can be caused by a fibroid or a cluster of growths standing in the way of a healthy pregnancy. If this is your situation, Dr. Huertas can explain this to you in full detail during your consultation. He only makes recommendations for surgery when it is in a patient's best interest.
Fibroid Removal FAQs
Is fibroid removal considered major surgery?
On the scale of surgical procedures, fibroid removal is considered major if a hysterectomy is chosen. The reason for this is because of the incisions that must be made to guide the hysteroscope. However, there are some more conservative treatment options that we may try at Dallas Cosmetic Center depending on the size and severity of your symptoms.
When should I get my fibroids taken out?
We prefer to take a symptom approach to fibroid removal. Asymptomatic fibroids may be left in the body as long as your symptoms do not worsen or change. However, you may experience pain that is excruciating enough to consider removal as soon as possible.
What happens if I choose not to remove my fibroids?
As long as your symptoms are manageable, you may choose to leave your fibroids alone. However, you may experience worsening of symptoms, even if you had none to begin with. In addition, untreated fibroids can grow in size and number, creating new problems down the line.
For the Removal Of Your Fibroids
If uterine fibroids are causing you pain, let Dr. Huertas remove them. It is possible for you to stop living with the pain and other symptoms of uterine fibroids. Call us or reach out to us online at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX to schedule a diagnostic exam and consultation for fibroid removal surgery. Dr. Huertas can make recommendations for the best way to approach your uterine growths. Call today!