Not all women with uterine fibroids experience symptoms, but those who do often find them unbearable. Expert OB/GYN and gynecologic surgeon Brian A. Levitt, MD, treats women with fibroids at his private practices in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. If fibroid symptoms are interfering with your ability to enjoy life, call or book an appointment online today.
Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop from the muscle tissue of your uterus. Fibroids are almost always benign, or noncancerous, but they can cause problems such as pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Fibroids vary greatly in size, shape, and location. You can have only one fibroid or many. They can develop inside the uterus, on the outer surface, or embedded within the uterine wall. A fibroid may grow rapidly and suddenly, or slowly over time.
Women of any age can get fibroids, but they become more common in your 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids typically shrink. Certain factors may increase your risk of getting fibroids, such as having a family history of uterine fibroids or being obese.
Most of the time, fibroids don’t cause symptoms. When fibroids do cause symptoms they usually include:
Fibroids may also create an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and labor. In rare cases, fibroids can cause infertility or create trouble with getting pregnant.
Dr. Levitt or a member of his team may discover you have fibroids if they feel them during a routine pelvic exam. If you’re experiencing symptoms of fibroids and have no palpable growths, they might take a diagnostic imaging test, such as a pelvic ultrasound.
In some cases, Dr. Levitt may recommend minor surgical procedures, such as hysteroscopy or laparoscopy, to diagnose fibroids. Laparoscopy involves passing a thin scope into your pelvic region through a tiny incision near your belly button. Hysteroscopy doesn’t require an incision because Dr. Levitt passes the scope through your vagina and cervix.
Treatment for fibroids depends on the severity of your condition. The first line of treatment typically involves hormonal medications to shrink the fibroids. If this doesn't improve your symptoms, Dr. Levitt may recommend surgery.
Dr. Levitt has extensive expertise in minimally invasive, laser, and robotic surgical techniques. If you need a hysterectomy or other surgical procedure to remove fibroids, he discusses the best options for you.
For expert care in fibroid treatment, call the office of Brian A. Levitt, MD, or book an appointment online.