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Doctor insights on: Surgery And Uterine Fibroids

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Will I need surgery to get rid of my uterine fibroids?

Will I need surgery to get rid of my uterine fibroids?

Fibroids: If you have heavy periods, severe cramps surgery is a good alternative if medication therapy failed. If it s just an incidental finding, just make sure you get a pelvic exam once a year. ...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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How can you get rid of uterine fibroids without surgery?

Not likely: No medication or procedure will completely get rid of fibroids, though some may help them to shrink and thus reduce bleeding. Medications include gnrh agonist or ulipristil (not fda approved for that purpose). Procedures include uterine artery embolization and MRI guided focused ultrasound. Each has pros and cons so talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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How to get rid of uterine fibroids without having surgery?

Fibroids: The only way to currently & truly "get rid" of any fibroid is surgery. The best situation is a solitary smaller fibroid that is accessible to hysteroscopic resection where there are no incisions other that in the uterus, or uterine artery embolization or using freezing or microwaving but these only "shrink" the tumors and in my opinion are quite experimental. ...Read more

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Does Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) get rid of uterine fibroids?

Does Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) get rid of uterine fibroids?

No: Depoprovera and other hormonal medications may reduce fibroid-associated abnormal bleeding, and in some cases may reduce fibroid size. However the symptoms will return when the medication wears off. The fibroids are still there. ...Read more

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How can I treat uterine fibroids except surgery?

Alternatives: Fibroids can be shrunk with use of Lupron (leuprolide) Depot medication used over a period of months, but the change is reversible when the medicine is stopped. Fibroids can also be treated by Uterine Fibroid Embolization which is done by interventional radiologists and is not surgery. Neither one is appropriate if one is hoping to conceive. ...Read more

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How can I treat uterine fibroids without surgery?

Fibroids: The answer depends on the specifics of your situation and findings. The easiest scenario is the person who has a solitary fibroid that is not significant in size or location in the uterus. ...Read more

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I have suffered from uterine fibroids for years. Is there a solution that will not involve surgery?

Absolutely yes: Consider uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). It is performed by interventional radiologists physicians specifically trained in minimally invasive procedures. It can be performed as an outpatient, treats all the fibroids in the uterus, and is successful at relieving symptoms in >90%, and covered by insurance. There is no need to suffer and no need to have surgery you don't want. ...Read more

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My mom has uterine fibroid. Can it be cured without surgery?

Yes: Some fibroids do not need surgery. Fibroids that cause bleeding, pain, increase in size, prevent pregnancy or put pressure on different organs need treatment. Sometimes, bleeding can be controlled with birth control pills or repo provera (medroxyprogesterone). Bleeding may also be controlled with embolization. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for complete healing after a uterine fibroid surgery?

Depends: If the fibroid are subserosal on the outside pf the uterus it may be healed in 1 month. In the fibroids are deeper it likely takes about 3 months for good healing and even longer for maximal strength. But no one knows for sure in any individual woman. ...Read more

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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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