A fibroid is a common benign tumor of the uterus, composed of fibrous, or connective, tissue. It is estimated that up to 70 percent of women develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime.
Some women with uterine fibroids have no symptoms, or have only mild symptoms, while other women have more severe, debilitating symptoms. Common uterine fibroid symptoms include:
Large fibroids can usually be identified during a regular gynecologic exam. Ultrasound can identify most fibroids, and office hysteroscopy is an excellent tool for detecting uterine fibroids inside the uterine cavity. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) gives the best information about the exact location and size of the fibroids and is very useful in assessing treatment options. MRI also can be helpful in determining if there is a different type of pathology in the uterus that is causing the symptoms.
Fibroid treatment is highly personalized and depends on a number of factors, including severity of symptoms, size of the fibroids, and desire for fertility preservation. Asymptomatic fibroids may not require any treatment. On the other hand, fibroids that cause infertility or debilitating symptoms may be treated with a range of options. Here are a few examples of fibroid treatments:
The latest surgical treatments for fibroids include minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) surgical techniques, which offer smaller incisions and faster recovery than open surgical techniques. These procedures should be performed by a gynecologic surgeon who is experienced in minimally invasive techniques. Examples of surgical treatments for fibroids include:
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