Fibroids are noncancerous growths within the uterus. They can be so small as to be virtually undetectable, like a grain of sand, or so large as to add significant mass within the uterus, even grapefruit size. A gynecologist often finds fibroids during the manual portion of a pelvic exam. If a patient has fibroid symptoms but no fibroids are detected during an exam, Dr. Kong may use diagnostic imaging like an ultrasound or an MRI to locate the fibroids.
Fibroids don't cause symptoms for many women. Those who do have symptoms may notice some or all of the following:
Any woman can have fibroids. However, they're more common once you reach your 30s and 40s. If your mother, sister, or grandmother had fibroids, you might be more susceptible to them yourself.
Excess weight is another risk factor for fibroids. Race may play a role as well, as African-American women have increased risk for fibroids.
Not always. In some women, fibroids exist for years without growing or even causing any symptoms. In other women, fibroids can grow rapidly, sometimes even triggering new fibroid growth in nearby areas of the uterus.
Dr. Kong treats fibroids on a case-by-case basis. Some patients may not require treatment, especially if they aren't suffering from problems like heavy bleeding and severe cramps. For patients who have serious symptoms, the two general approaches to treatment are medication and surgical removal.
Medication may shrink fibroids to the degree that they no longer cause symptoms. Minimally invasive fibroid removal can be done as an outpatient surgery that requires a fairly short recovery time. This surgery can provide extended relief, but it may need to be repeated if fibroids return.
If you’re suffering from fibroid symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Kong through the online appointment tool or call the office anytime for help.
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