Uterine fibroids do not always cause complications like pain or infertility, but when they do it is important that you receive compassionate, effective care to treat them. Dr. Anthony Caruso of A Bella Baby OBGYN has over 20 years of experience in treating gynecological and fertility concerns. If you need care and treatment for your uterine fibroids, call or book an appointment online with his Woodridge, Illinois, practice today.
Uterine Fibroids Q & A
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are fibrous tumors that are rooted in the muscular lining of the uterus. Usually benign, these tumors can be as small as a seed or as large as a softball. They can be nearly undetectable or so large that they distort your uterus and surrounding structures.
You may have one or many fibroids. They are usually categorized by their location in the lining of the uterus and the part of the uterus they extend:
- Within the muscle layer of the uterus
- Inside the uterus itself
- Outside the uterus
The location, number, and size of your fibroids largely determine whether you’ll have symptoms and how severe these symptoms may be.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Many women have uterine fibroids, but most fibroids don’t cause concerning symptoms. When they do cause problems, the effects can be significant and can impact your physical, emotional, and psychological health.
When you consult with Dr. Caruso, he collects a thorough health history and takes time to understand your symptoms. To diagnose your uterine fibroids, he looks for signs and symptoms like:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Extended periods
- Difficulty urinating
- Back or leg pain
- Inability to conceive
Further testing may be needed to determine the number, size, and location of your fibroids. The team at A Bella Baby OBGYN proudly offers in-office vaginal and abdominal ultrasound, which helps to locate the problem tumors and create an appropriate plan of care.
What are the treatment options for my uterine fibroids?
Once your fibroids have been diagnosed and located, Dr. Caruso suggests a plan of care that helps to relieve your symptoms. Depending on whether or not you desire to get pregnant, possible treatment options for uterine fibroids include:
- Endometrial ablation
- Laparoscopic fibroid removal
- Surgical fibroid removal
Relief of your symptoms is a top priority for the practice, especially if treatment improves your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
If you would like to consult with Dr. Caruso about your uterine fibroids, call or book an appointment online today.