Fibroids Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers
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The body is composed of many muscular and fibrous tissues, especially in the musculoskeletal system. Sometimes this tissue can build up and develop into a tumor, which is considered benign, or noncancerous. One such example of these growths is fibroids which, although not related to cancer or malignant growths, can cause uncomfortable symptoms including pain, tenderness and discomfort. Fortunately, fibroids are relatively easy to treat and can be safely removed from the body with the expertise of a medical professional.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue and most often develop in the uterus of the female reproductive system. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime. The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they are almost always benign; some fibroids begin as cancer, but benign fibroids cannot develop into cancer. Due to the fact that cancerous fibroids are extremely rare, it is reasonable for women without symptoms to observe the progression of their condition rather than to treat it. Even when a woman has more than one fibroid, studies show that these growths can develop at different rates. They can range from the size of a pea to the size of an orange, and in rare cases, even the size of a watermelon. If fibroids grow that large, timely and effective treatments are available to provide relief.
Do Fibroids Go Away on Their Own?
For some individuals, it is possible for fibroids to go away on their own. For example, hormonal changes from post-pregnancy or menopause can sometimes cause fibroids to shrink, but this can take years, or even decades. In the meantime, lifestyle factors can play an important role in fibroid management, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. While these are potential ways to improve symptoms, they cannot affect the cause of the issue. A minimally invasive fibroid treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is an effective procedure that can decrease the size of fibroids, preserve a woman’s uterus, and resolve their painful symptoms.
What Can Happen if Fibroids go Untreated?
If left untreated, uterine fibroids can increase in size and number, and if they develop all over the uterus with worsening symptoms, they can cause infertility in some women. They may develop into symptoms such as:
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Excessive pain during periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Abdominal swelling
- Pain in the back or abdomen
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Increased urine frequency
- Difficulty passing stools
- Difficulty passing urine
- Unexplained weight loss
What are Complications of Fibroids?
Untreated fibroids can cause certain complications. For example, a fibroid attached to the uterus by a stem-like tissue, also known as a pedunculated fibroid, may twist, resulting in symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, or nausea. A rapidly growing or large fibroid can cause the abdomen to swell, cause pain, and put pressure on the nearby structures, such as pressure on the bladder (which can cause problems with passing urine) or pressure on the bowel (which can lead to constipation). In addition to this, when left untreated, fibroids can cause bleeding that may result in anemia, as well as infertility, as previously mentioned. In the case of the latter, surgical removal of the growth often restores the woman’s fertility.
Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating fibroids and can help you find relief from these painful growths. Call us today to book an appointment for fibroids treatment, or visit one of our two locations: in Evergreen Park, IL, at 9730 S. Western Ave, Suite 700, Evergreen Park, IL 60805; and in Mokena, IL, at 10260 W. 191st St, Suite 100, Mokena, IL 60448. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Oak Lawn IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL, and Bedford Park IL.
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