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Doctor insights on: Uterine Fibroids And Hysterectomy

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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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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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?

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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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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If I have endometriosis, fibroids, and uterine prolapse is there any possibility that i could have children again? Is the only treatment hysterectomy?

Depends. : Most women can still have children with fibroids or endometriosis. Their are times when a woman cannot get pregnant or may have trouble carrying a pregnancy because of these problems. Their is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. Prolapse can be treated when you are finished having kids. In severe cases it could be treated before having another child. You would need to see a specialist. ...Read more

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Will a uterine ablation help pain and heavy bleeding from fibroids..I have that option or a hysterectomy. 41 years old..No children. Severely anemic.

Will a uterine ablation help pain and heavy bleeding from fibroids..I have that option or a hysterectomy. 41 years old..No children. Severely anemic.

UFE: Have you consulted with an interventional radiologist regarding uterine fibroid embolization (ufe)? This procedure is usually a great option for women with symptomatic fibroids. It is minimally invasive (tiny incision in your groin) and treats fibroids in any portion of your uterus, not just ones that can be reached through the uterine cavity. ...Read more

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I was told that I have a pelvic mass and fibroids on my uterus should I consider a hysterectomy I am 50?

Tough question: Fibroids reduce in size after menopause, so the fibroid answer would depend on when menopause occurs. (crystal ball time!) the more concerning question pertains to the pelvic mass. In your (our) age group, we have to consider a pelvic mass as a possible tumor - possibly ovarian cancer. Talk with your doctor clearly about your diagnosis and options. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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What is an enlarged uterus and I have 4 fibroids my uterus is 11.4x7.8x7.2 CM do I need to get a hysterectomy?

Depends on symptoms: Average age of menopause is 51, + or - 7 years. Uterine fibroid usually shrink after menopause. However may continue to grow if your are heavy or using hormones. If your fibroids are causing symptoms, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, painful intercourse, etc. You might have a better quality of life if you have a hysterectomy. If you are asymptomatic and the fibroid are not growing, then observe. ...Read more

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I have UTERUS WITH POSTERIOR WALL FIBROID. Can fibroids be treated with medicines alones? What is the medication? I am trying to avoid Hysterectomy.

I have UTERUS WITH POSTERIOR WALL FIBROID.

Can fibroids be treated with medicines alones? What is the medication? I am trying to avoid Hysterectomy.

No medical treatment: Hysterectomy is one option for treatment of abnormal bleeding due to fibroids. The other options include surgical removal of fibroids, embolizationof fibroids by an interventional radiologist,ultrasound ablation of the fibroids by an interventional radiologist,and endometrial ablation.The size, number, and location as well as other health factors determine the best treatment for you.RU486 may help ...Read more

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I need a hysterectomy and have no health insurance is there a way? I am 48 with cycts, fibroids, a tumor, and a enlarged uterus all needs to go

I need a hysterectomy and have no health insurance is there a way? I am 48 with cycts, fibroids, a tumor, and a enlarged uterus all needs to go

Check hospitals: The hospital and clinics i work at offers charity care for women with no insurance and limited income who need surgery. Check with the hospitals and clinic systems in your area to see what is offered for people with no insurance. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged uterus, 18cms, multiple fibroids, largest 7cms. Is Hysterectomy my only option, as my doctor seems to think?

No, but . . .: There are always options. But some may suit your needs better than others. Having fibroids by itself is not an indication for surgery. We usually recommend a procedure based on the symptoms that you're having. Also your desire for future fertility plays a role. Interventional radiological techniques such as uterine artery embolization can be useful. Having said that, hysterectomy is definitive. ...Read more

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Gyn dr's, if the surgeon says i may do partial hysterectomy what does he mean? Cut the uterus in half ? I have fibroids on top of the uterus .Thanks

Leave the cervix: Partial hysterectomy today means leaving the cervix and removing the uterus, so yes cutting the uterus (top of the uterus) off of the cervix (bottom of the cervix). If your fibroids are on the uterus should be good with a partial hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Gyn doctor only, what's partial hysterectomy? Does it mean that uterus is left/cut in half ? I have fibroids which needs surgery & want to my organ.

Misnomer: Most people assume a complete hysterectomy includes removing the ovaries with the uterus. However, a complete hysterectomy is simply the removal of the entire uterus. The ovaries are not part of the uterus and if they are to be removed they are listed separately as "removal of tubes and ovaries" or as "salpingo-oophorectomy" in addition the the comlete hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Do I have to have a hysterectomy for large fibroids?

Depends on your plan: If you want to get pregnant, myomectomy can prerserve your potential fertility. If pregnancy is out of the question now and forever, then hysterectomy is the best treatment. Other options include uterine artery embolization or focused ultrasound beam destruction. Your gyn should be able to provide you with options that suit your circumstances. ...Read more

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Should I have hysterectomy I have 5-6 fibroids with the largest at 6cm?

Fibroids: Whether or not to have a hysterectomy is between you and your Gynecologist. It depends on among other things whether you are having heavy periods, painful periods, irregular bleeding, bleeding with intercourse, whether you are finished with having children. Usually with this number of large fibroids the chance of a malignancy is increased and a hysterectomy would be advised. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with subserosal fibroids and adenomyosis. I am 49 yrs old. Should I do an ablation or hysterectomy?

Ablation vs. hyst: When looking at the difference between a hysterectomy or ablation, it is important to keep in mind which symptoms are needing treatment, and length of recovery. An ablation can be successful in treating abnormal or heavy bleeding, but less successful in addressing issues of pain. A hysterectomy is invasive and requires a recovery time of weeks instead of days. ...Read more

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I had my third & final injection to shrink my fibroids on april 30. I had a hysterectomy may 29 & kept my ovaries. Why do I still have hot flashes?

I had my third & final injection to shrink my fibroids on april 30. I had a hysterectomy may 29 & kept my ovaries. Why do I still have hot flashes?

I've noticed: There could be a temporary drop in estrogen immediately after a hysterectomy, even when the ovaries remain. This is usually temporary. If it lasts more than 2 months check with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Wendy Askew
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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


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. It is unclear why fibroids develop, but hormones and family history may influence their formation. Approximately 70% to 80% of women aged 50 ...Read more