Fibroids can be present in your uterus without you being aware of them, but for some women, they do cause heavy periods and cramping. If you have symptomatic fibroids, Nathan Mordel, MD, and the team at Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center (AMIGS) in Atlanta provide cutting-edge treatments to resolve the problem. They use the latest medical technologies and surgical techniques to treat fibroids and are experts in performing procedures such as hysteroscopic myomectomy, robotically assisted using laparoscopic and robotic myomectomy, or hysterectomy. Find out more by calling Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center today or book an appointment online.
Fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, are benign tumors originating from uterine tissue. They can vary greatly in size and number. Symptoms and treatment options are affected by the size, number, and location of the leiomyomas.
Since fibroids are very common and most of the time they don’t cause bothersome symptoms, they go undetected. However, some studies report leiomyomas in more than half of women by age 50.
While the majority of women usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 women ends up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment. Symptomatic patients may experience heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding, and painful periods, as well as pelvic pressure and urinary frequency from an enlarged uterus.
If conservative options are unsuccessful, contraindicated, or not desired, then surgery is offered. For patients with fibroid tumors who wish to have children, a myomectomy is a possible option.
Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes only the fibroid tumors from the uterus. If incisions are made into the uterine wall, then they are closed with sutures and the uterus is left intact. There are a variety of ways this procedure can be performed, and the approach depends on the number, location, and size of the fibroids.
Hysteroscopic myomectomy involves placing a hysteroscope into the uterus via the vaginal canal and removing small submucosal fibroids.
Robotically assisted laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive approach to removing fibroids and is the preferred method at Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) performed by an interventional radiologist, is also used to treat symptomatic fibroids, though it's not advised for women wishing to preserve fertility.
Patients who completed their childbearing may choose robotically assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, which is the ultimate method to treated symptomatic fibroids.
The advantages of a laparoscopic procedure are many. Patients usually go home the same day, the recovery time is faster and less painful, cosmetic outcome is better and many complications are virtually eliminated.