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Doctor insights on: Hysterectomy For Uterine Fibroids

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How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

How do I tell if I have uterine fibroids?

Assess your symptoms: More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: bleeding between periods; heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia); menstrual periods that may last longer than normal; need to urinate more often; pelvic cramping or pain with periods; sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen; pain during intercourse. Pelvic exam may be revealing. Pelvic imaging may be done. ...Read more

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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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Hysterectomy side effects compared with uterine fibroid embolization?

Higher risk w surger: The risk of significant complications of any major abdominal surgery is generally considered to be between 5-10%. The risk of major complications of uae/ufe is below 3%. Embolization also has a faster recovery than surgery. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy side effects- is it possible to get uterine fibroid embolization?

Yes: Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) allows a woman to not only avoid all of surgical risks associated with hysterectomy but also risks of what happens to these women without their uterus. Having a hysterectomy particularly before age 50 and despite leaving in the ovaries increases their risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. It also affects many women psychologically & sexually. Ufe avoids this. ...Read more

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If I have severe bleeding and cramps from uterine fibroids, will I need to get a hysterectomy?

No: If you have significant symptoms from fibroids you can keep your uterus and instead treat the fibroids with uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). There are many reasons to keep uterus in patients who have completed childbearing. Uterus important in sexual health, cardiovascular health, bone health. For ufe you would need to consult an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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Can you still get uterine fibroids if you get a hysterectomy, even if they occur outside the uterus?

NO: Fibroids are a growth of the muscular wall of the uterus. Once the uterus is gone they can no longer form. The exception is if the cervix was left in place, and then occasionally a fibroid can growth from the cervix. The ovary can occasionally grow a solid growth called a fibroma, but this is not the same as a uterine fibroid. ...Read more

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Should I have a hysterectomy? I have had 6 blood transfusions in 7years. I am 33yrs old with one pregnancy/one child. I have symptomatic uterine fibroids and iron defiency anemia. My blood levels normally run between 6.9 and 7.3. The lowest has been 5.8

Should I have a hysterectomy? I have had 6 blood transfusions in 7years. I am 33yrs old with one pregnancy/one child. I have symptomatic uterine fibroids and iron defiency anemia.  My blood levels normally run between 6.9 and 7.3.  The lowest has been 5.8

Short answer no: Losing your uterus at such a young age will likely have negative consequences which are completely avoidable by undergoing uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) instead. Your uterus is important to you psychologically, sexually, and there is increased osteoporosis and heart disease risks with hysterectomy. I'd find an interventiomal radiologist with particular experience in ufe and keep your parts! ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroids and/or adenomyosis reoccur after having a hysterectomy?

No, not really: Adenomyosis is when the lining cells of the uterus are located just deep to the lining (but still within the uterus). It can be thought of as endometriosis of the uterus. Hysterectomy would remove this. Almost all fibroids are in the uterus also and would be removed with hysterectomy, although there are fibroids on rare occasions outside the uterus which could be missed/reoccur but very rare. ...Read more

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My mom had a hysterectomy recently because of a huge fibroid. The dr said her uterine lining was precancerous. Does that mean it will happen to me?

Not necessarily: Uterine cancer is not specifically hereditary, but if your mother was overweight and had precancerous cells in her uterus it may have been related to her weight. Regardless of that, your risk for uterine cancer is increased if you are overweight. ...Read more

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If I have severe bleeding and cramps from uterine fibroids, and early endometriosis will i need to get a hysterectomy?

Not necessarily: It would depend on the size and the locations of the fibroids. Also if you are planning on getting pregnant again. Also, if you have had significant blood loss which is difficult to control, surgery might also be advised. ...Read more

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Do I need hysterectomy : I have Abnormal vaginal bleeding for 4 months, I am diagnosed with uterine fibroids; then I had D&C cleaning.

Do I need hysterectomy : I have Abnormal vaginal bleeding for 4 months, I am diagnosed with uterine fibroids; then I had D&C cleaning.

No: Hysterectomy may be an option but it should be the option of last resort. There are less invasive options to treat the heavy bleeding and allow to you to keep your uterus which is important even in women who are not interested in fertility. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE or UAE) is an outpatient, nonsurgical solution performed by Interventional Radiologists. Find an experienced IR and see. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata(fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain( aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more