Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients

info@CFUroGyn.com      Phone:  321-806-3929

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The Uterine Fibroid Dilemma
by: Katrina Davis M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Do you have heavy or prolonged bleeding during or between your menstrual periods? Do you have severe cramps during your period? If you do, you may have uterine fibroids. Also known as leiomyomas, fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) smooth muscle tumors that can grow from your uterus. The uterus or womb is a large muscle. Fibroids can grow on the outside; within the wall; or inside of the uterus. The location and size of the fibroids determines what symptoms you may have.

In addition to bleeding and cramping, fibroids can cause problems with pregnancy such as miscarriage or preterm labor. They can even cause problems with getting pregnant. Other possible issues are pain and urinary problems such as leakage of urine or frequent urination (more than 8 times a day). If the fibroids grow large enough, they can increase the size of the abdomen or block the ureters (tubes carrying urine from kidneys to the bladder).

By some sources, uterine fibroids occur in 20-25% of women. Most women don’t have symptoms and therefore may not know that they have them. Fibroids are most common among women of childbearing age. African-American women are three times more likely to get fibroids than other women and within this group, fibroids seem to occur at a younger age, grow more quickly, and are more likely to cause symptoms.

Though uncommon, there is a cancer of the uterus that can present like uterine fibroids. This cancer is called leiomyosarcoma which is an aggressive cancer that resembles a fibroid. This type of uterine cancer is more common in older women and African-Americans. Suspicion is increased in women with suspected fibroids that rapidly increase in size since this is not their typical growth pattern. For this reason, sometimes it is recommended to repeat ultrasounds or MRI’s periodically to watch for changes in the size of fibroids.

Treatments are usually focused on either the symptoms or removal of the fibroids. There are various hormones and medications that can be taken to treat bleeding. The goal can be to make bleeding more regular; decrease the amount of bleeding; or to stop the bleeding all together.

Another option aimed at treating bleeding is uterine ablation. This is a procedure where an instrument is used to heat or freeze the lining of the uterus which decreases bleeding. There are different methods available, but most can either be done in the office or as an outpatient surgery.

Uterine fibroid embolization or UFE is a procedure performed through a blood vessel in the patient’s leg and where small particles are directed to blood vessels that feed the fibroids. The particles cause a blockage in those blood vessels and without good blood flow, the fibroids get smaller or stop growing. This procedure is not usually recommended for women who want the possibility of future pregnancies.

Another treatment is myomectomy or the actual removal of fibroids. If the fibroid is submucosal or within the lining of the uterus, it possibly can be removed through the vagina using a hysteroscope (camera to look inside the uterus). No incision is made and there is little if any downtime. In the past, this approach was limited to smaller fibroids. With newer technologies, even larger submucosal fibroids can be removed using a hysteroscope. If fibroids are intramural (located within the wall of the uterus) or subserosal (growing from the surface of the uterus), they can be removed through a laparoscope (camera placed through small incisions in the abdomen) or a laparotomy (larger incision in the abdomen).

Finally, there is the option of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). This can be performed through an incision in the vagina, laparoscopy or laparotomy. Once again the size, number and location of the fibroids effects the decision of how to perform the hysterectomy. The patient’s body type, prior surgeries, age and medical condition can also influence the choice of procedure.

Cindy is a 35 year-old who complained of irregular and heavy periods. She had recently gotten married and wanted to have children. She also was relatively new at her job and had very little sick time. An ultrasound revealed a large submucosal fibroid. She had a myomectomy using a hysteroscope and was able to return to work in two days. One month later, she became pregnant and has since then delivered a healthy baby girl.

Fibroids are common and often cause no symptoms. However, if you have been diagnosed with them or think you may have them, seek care as there are many options for treatment.

Call Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge 321-806-3929 or check us out at www.CFUroGyn.com.

Marja Sprock, M.D and Katrina Davis M.D. are board certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) and are offering academic level medicine in a private practice setting.

"Central Florida UroGynecology where high tech and common sense meet"


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