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Fibroids

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths which form in the womb, made up of muscle fibre. The size of fibroids can vary widely, from the size of a pea to as large as a melon. Fibroids are most common in women in their 30s and 40s and they tend to shrink after the menopause. Our specialist team uses advanced ultrasound techniques to diagnose fibroids and your consultant gynaecologist will offer the most appropriate treatment depending on your symptoms. While it is not clearly known what causes fibroids, it is believed that each tumor develops from an aberrant muscle cell in the uterus, which multiplies rapidly because of the influence of estrogen.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, or have only mild symptoms, while other women have more severe, disruptive symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms for uterine fibroids, however each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids may include:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual periods.
  • Abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods.
  • Pelvic pain (caused as the tumor presses on pelvic organs).
  • Frequent urination.
  • Low back pain.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • A firm mass, often located near the middle of the pelvis, which can be felt by the physician.

In some cases the heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, or the abnormal bleeding between periods, can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which also requires treatment. Fibroids are most often found during a routine pelvic examination.

How can we help?

At the Surrey Park Clinic, we are specialists in treating fibroids and you will be seen by one of our experienced consultant gynaecologists. At the consultation they will:

  • Carry out an abdominal examination.
  • Complete a medical history, physical examination, and pelvic and/or abdominal examination.

The gynaecologist may also perform some diagnostic tests:

  • Transvaginal ultrasound: an ultrasound test using a small instrument, called a transducer, that is placed in the vagina.
  • Hysterosalpingography: an X-ray examination of the uterus and fallopian tubes that uses dye and is often performed to rule out tubal obstruction.
  • Endometrial biopsy: a procedure in which a sample of tissue is obtained through a tube which is inserted into the uterus.
  • Blood test: to check for iron-deficiency anemia if heavy bleeding is caused by the tumor.

Our specialist consultants are experienced in removing fibroids using advanced keyhole surgery techniques, which offer many advantages over the traditional open abdominal approach including enhanced recovery, a shorter hospital stay and reduced scarring.

Please call 01483 454 016 to arrange your consultation.