Uterine Fibroids Specialist
Do you have heavy menstrual bleeding with pain and heaviness in the lower abdomen or increased frequency of urination? The cause may be uterine fibroids. Dr. Neel Patel at Minimally Invasive Center of Atlanta in Duluth and Decatur, Georgia specializes in the treatment of fibroids by Uterine Fibroid Embolization. It's a safe and minimally invasive cutting-edge treatment that ensures relief and faster recovery for patients. Call or click today to schedule a consultation today.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus.
They vary in size, shape, and location. There may be a single fibroid or several of them. The size of the fibroid varies between apple seed to as large as a grapefruit. The location of the fibroid may be inside the uterine cavity, outside of the uterus, within the wall of the uterus, or attached to the uterus by a stalk.
Fibroids can occur at any age but are most common in women between 40s to mid-50s. They are three times more common in African-American women than in white women.
What are the common symptoms of fibroids?
Fibroid symptoms depend on the fibroid’s size, shape, and location. Some fibroids remain symptomless and are diagnosed during a physical examination, while others cause symptoms such as:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
A feeling of fullness and pain in lower abdomen
How are fibroids diagnosed?
Dr. Patel might suspect you have fibroids based on your history, symptoms, and the results of a physical examination. He orders additional tests to confirm the diagnosis, such as lab work, ultrasound, MRI, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy.
Can fibroids transform into a cancerous tumor?
Fibroids are almost always non-cancerous. In less than 0.1% of women with fibroids, a cancer may be detected but this cancer does not arise from already existing fibroids. Having fibroid also does not increase your chance of getting other types of cancer.
Is it always necessary to treat fibroids?
Fibroids that don't cause any symptoms, are small, and occur in women who are near menopause don't require any treatment but still require monitoring.
Symptomatic fibroids causing pain, discomfort, or heavy bleeding during menses should be treated. Your available treatment options depend upon the age of the patient, symptoms, size, and location of fibroid and future desire for children. However, Dr. Patel specializes in uterine fibroid embolization.
If you’d like to learn more about this safe and non-surgical treatment option, visit Dr. Patel’s dedicated UFE page. Or, if you’re ready to schedule an appointment now, call or click to book one today.