Our Austin obgyns use medical, radiologic and surgical procedures when treating uterine fibroids
Even though many women do not experience symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, other women will find that their symptoms affect their daily life and health. When that happens, our Austin obgyns begin developing a plan for treating uterine fibroids. The treatment plan depends on the location, the size and the severity of the symptoms the patient is experiencing.
Medications are a non-invasive way of treating uterine fibroids
In some cases, our Austin obgyns may choose to treat the symptoms using medications that help with menstrual problems, excessive bleeding and pelvic pain. Medications may make some fibroids smaller, too. Your obgyn may prescribe oral contraceptives or another type of hormonal birth control to treat bleeding and pain. IUDs that release progestin also work for the symptoms mentioned above when treating uterine fibroids.
For patients having surgical procedures, our Austin obgyns prescribe GnRH agonists before the procedure to help reduce bleeding, shrink uterine fibroids and help patients who have anemia.
Our Austin obgyns also perform non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures
When treating uterine fibroids, our Austin obgyns may opt for one of the following procedures:
Hysteroscopy—If you have uterine fibroids that are protruding into the uterine cavity, we may suggest a hysteroscopy to remove them. During this minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, your doctor will insert a thin instrument into the uterus through the vagina to remove the fibroids. This technique also helps preserve fertility.
Endometrial ablation—A minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for treating uterine fibroids, ablation doesn’t require any incisions. It ablates or cauterizes the uterine cavity and works well for small fibroids.
Uterine artery embolization—An interventional radiologist performs this procedure to decrease the size of fibroids. This involves making a small incision in the groin to insert a catheter that is used to insert agents which help block blood flow to the uterus.
Surgery may be the best option for some patients
Our experienced Austin obgyns offer patients minimally invasive and robotic surgery options when treating uterine fibroids, offering shorter recovery times and fewer complications than traditional surgery.
There are two types of surgery: myomectomy and hysterectomy.
Myomectomy—This surgical procedure may be performed hysteroscopically, laproscopically or traditionally, but it is usually a minimally invasive surgery. It allows our Austin obgyns to preserve the uterus while removing the fibroids. It may be an outpatient procedure or may require an overnight hospital stay.
Hysterectomy—Our Austin obgyns perform partial, total and radical hysterectomies when treating uterine fibroids, depending on the patient’s symptoms. A hysterectomy is the only way to completely get rid of uterine fibroids and the symptoms they cause. Very often, we can preserve the ovaries, allowing women to go through menopause naturally.
Our Austin obgyns are experts at treating uterine fibroids, and they will provide you compassionate care. Contact us to learn more.