What are the Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids?

Fibroids of the uterus are very common, with between a quarter and one half of women in their reproductive years believed to have fibroids. Not all of these fibroids will be detected, as they vary greatly in size, ranging from as small as a pebble to roughly the size of a softball. Because of the small size of many of these uterus fibroids, they will not be detected by a physical examination.

What are the Warning Signs of Uterine Fibroids?

One of the reasons that these fibroids are regarded as so serious is because they are much more difficult to detect than many other medical conditions. In some cases, a woman with fibroids in her uterus will not experience any symptoms at all. However, some women may experience very significant symptoms, while other women will have symptoms of moderate intensity.

Among the most common symptoms are aches and pains. These may include pain in the pelvis, where a fibroid presses on the pelvic organs, or pain in the lower back. Pain during sexual intercourse may also occur due to fibroids. Additionally, fibroids may cause complications in normal bodily functions, such as frequent urination, abnormal bleeding between periods, or unusually heavy or long periods. In addition to these physical warning signs, you or your physician may be able to feel a fibroid as a hard mass near the middle of your pelvis.

Fibroids can produce significant pain and reduce your quality of life. Because of this, some women have opted for hysterectomy to treat their fibroids. However there are less invasive treatment options that allow women to keep their uterus, such as the Acessa Procedure, where there is a low chance that the symptoms will return and patients can look forward to improvement in their quality of life.

Sources:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/basics/definition/con-20037901
  2. http://www.lvhn.org/conditions_treatments/womens_health/uterine_fibroids/learn_about_uterine_fibroids/symptoms
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Treating Fibroids without Invasive Surgery

Description

The Acessa Procedure is a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure to treat fibroids that involves general anesthesia, typically allowing a woman to go home the same day. This is appealing to many women who desire a quick recovery time and a less invasive approach to removing or controlling fibroids in the uterus. The Acessa System consists of a generator that allows the doctor to easily monitor bleeding and temperature during the procedure, and a hand piece and electrode that effectively shrink the fibroids.

The Acesa Procedure is ideal for treating fibroids because it is designed to eliminate fibroids of any size. The hand piece is used as a guide for finding and isolating the fibroids. The electrode is deployed as necessary to shrink each fibroid individually. This is done using MRI technology that seeks out the fibroids. It’s generally very successful at targeting the masses that need attention.

Benefits

There are many reasons why a woman would choose to undergo the Acessa Procedure to treat her fibroids. The procedure offers a quick recovery time when compared to traditional surgical methods. The tools used treat only the fibroids, without endangering any surrounding tissue or internal organs. The Acessa Procedure results in a low recurrence of fibroids, which is good news for women who have undergone several treatments for them in the past. Finally, the Acessa Procedure has a high rate of satisfaction among women who have undergone the procedure.

Of course, the Acessa Procedure might not be right for every woman. In addition, because the procedure is fairly new, it may take more time to get preauthorization of the procedure from your insurance carrier. The best thing to do is for women interested in the Acessa Procedure to speak to their gynecologist about the appropriateness of the method for their specific case of fibroids.

Left untreated, fibroids can result in anemia due to blood loss and other challeges. Fibroids that can interfere with daily life should be treated appropriately.

Sources:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/basics/complications/con-20037901
  2. http://health.usnews.com/health-conditions/sexual-health/fibroids/treatment
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Clinical Pros and Cons with a Hysterectomy

Pros

One of the main pros of having a hysterectomy is relief from cancer. For a woman with cancer in her reproductive system, removing the affected organs can stop cancer symptoms and give a woman peace of mind again. In some cases, a hysterectomy can be lifesaving.

A hysterectomy is also beneficial for women who experience heavy bleeding during menstruation or due to fibroids. While the procedure is generally considered a last resort, it can stop the symptoms if other methods prove unsuccessful.

Cons

There are many factors to consider before choosing to undergo a hysterectomy. Because it is major surgery, there is a long recovery period, of at least six weeks in many cases. Infection is another side effect of surgery to think about. Because women who have a hysterectomy have their uterus removed, they are unable to become pregnant, and some may face emotional issues associated with this loss. Some women may have symptoms related to changes in hormonal balance and hormone therapy must be used to counteract the loss of reproductive organs.

A 2009 study published in the journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that women who have their ovaries removed face a higher incidence of developing other health problems that lead to death, including heart disease and lung cancer. The study also indicates that removal of the ovaries doesn’t have much impact on survival, so it may become an unnecessary procedure in most instances. That doesn’t mean that a hysterectomy isn’t the right choice, but simply that preserving the ovaries is the best option for most women.

It’s best to discuss the pros and cons of a hysterectomy with a doctor extensively and consider the procedure for some time rather than making an impulsive decision to have it done. That way, a woman can be absolutely sure the choice is the right one for her.

Sources

  1. http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_trials.htm
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