Fibroids are noncancerous lumps that grow on the uterus. If a fibroid is not causing symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you watch and wait. However, if you experience bleeding, cramping or difficulty becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about fibroid removal.
“We can prescribe hormonal pills and shots to relieve symptoms and shrink the fibroid,” says Jessica H. Lemmons, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “But when those treatments do not work or make it difficult to become pregnant, we talk about other options.”
There are several ways to remove a fibroid nonsurgically, including uterine fibroid embolization, ultrasound waves, extreme cold therapy and laser therapy.
When surgery is required, doctors often can remove a fibroid either laparoscopically or vaginally. For women who have severe, long-lasting symptoms and do not plan to become pregnant, a hysterectomy, the removal of the entire uterus, is an option.
To make an appointment with Lemmons, call 573-331-3000.