Fibroid Treatment Options
To find out if your symptoms are the result of fibroids, your physician will perform a thorough pelvic examination, discuss your symptoms and medical history, and in most cases order blood tests to check your iron levels. In addition, your physician may recommend other diagnostic tests such as abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and to determine the size and location of the fibroids. Other imaging studies may include: hysterosonography or hysterosalpingography. At times, a minimally invasive procedure known as hysteroscopy is utilized in order to better view the interior of the uterus.
In general, uterine fibroids seldom require treatment. However, if you have mild discomfort or troublesome symptoms, hormonal therapy may be recommended to help reduce excessive bleeding and pelvic pressure. In cases where symptoms are moderate to severe, your physician may recommend a minimally invasive non-surgical option, such as endometrial ablation or uterine artery embolization. For women with severe or persistent symptoms, there are several minimally invasive surgical options, such as myomectomy or hysterectomy. In addition, each of these can be performed using state-of-the-art robotic technology.