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which treatment do you recommend for fibroid tumors?

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Dr. D Elan Simckes
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Fibroids: I really need to know what your ultimate goal is and whether or not they are bothering you. If you're finished having children and causing you significant pain i recommend surgery-we've gotten really good at minimally invasive surgery. There are new techniques that might work if you're done having children. I am loving the procedures i'm doing with the new da vinci robotic device, .

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How will my physician tell if I have fibroids?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Exam or ultrasound: Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus that can cause enlargement of the uterus, heavy or painful periods or pelvic pain. They can be diagnosed with pelvic exam in some cases. An ultrasound can almost always diagnosis them. Fibroids don't need to be treated just because they are there, only if they cause problems. Treatments range from birth control pills to removal of fibroids to hysterectomy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is the treatment for fibroids covered by insurance?

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Dr. Susan Johnson
Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: If you are having symptoms from your fibroids that require treatment than the condition is medically necessary and your insurance will cover it. Just how much coverage you have depends upon the type of insurance plan you have and factors such as how much of your deductible you have already met for the year. You can probably check the details of coverage through your insurance company's website.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can fibroids turn into cancer?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No.: Fibroids are a benign smooth muscle growth; they do not degenerate into cancer. There is a very rare form of cancer that starts as the same type of cell. But these tumors don't arise from fibroids.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I know for sure that I have fibroids?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Pelvic ultrasound: If you are thin, and your fibroids are large enough, then your physician may be fairly sure after an exam that a woman has fibroids. However, the best test to confirm that fibroids are present is a pelvic ultrasound. Sometimes MRI is performed to determine the exact number, size and position of fibroids if uterine surgery is planned. Fibroids can also be diagnosed during surgery.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Do fibroids cause cancer?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
No: Fibroids are benign, noncancerous growths of uterine muscle cells. They do not cause cancer. Rarely, a cancer called sarcoma can develop in the muscle layer of the uterus. This may present as a rapidly growing tumor that was initially thought to be a fibroid.

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