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Uterine fibroids are extremely common. About 40 percent of women over the age of 35 have fibroids, though they often don’t know it. In African-American populations, as many as 70 percent of women over the age of 35 have fibroids. While fibroids are almost always non-cancerous, they can cause pain, heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure and problems during pregnancy.
Fibroids were once the leading cause of hysterectomies in the United States, but many alternative treatment options are now available. Gynecologic specialists with DMC Hutzel Women’s Services perform the latest minimally invasive and incision-less procedures to remove fibroids. We personalize our approach based on your individual medical needs, as well as your social and lifestyle needs.
An incision-less approach, physicians can use several new techniques to remove fibroids, called a myomectomy. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of the time, the fibroids grow back after all types of myomectomy. The following hysteroscopic myomectomy techniques are available:
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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
When a hysterectomy is necessary, our experts can perform a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to remove the uterus with just three tiny incisions. This minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure allows physicians to remove the uterus with a quarter-inch incision at the belly button and two half-inch incisions in the lower abdomen. Our minimally invasive approach means you spend less time in the hospital, recover faster and with less pain, and you even have a lower risk of complications.
Several different types of minimally invasive hysterectomies are available, including a procedure called Supracervical Hysterectomy. This highly specialized procedure leaves the cervix intact and may result in better bowel, bladder and sexual function compared to a traditional hysterectomy.
Facts about Fibroids
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a fairly common medical problem affecting approximately 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. It can cause women to have difficulty getting pregnant and can also have serious medical consequences.
Though not completely understood, physicians know that if left untreated PCOS may cause cardiovascular disease, diabetes, abnormal growth of the endometrial lining and even endometrial cancer.
As the name suggests, multiple small cysts on the ovaries are the hallmark of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. For years, doctors believed the cysts were causing the condition. But researchers now believe polycystic ovaries are a sign of the condition, not the cause. In fact, you can be diagnosed with PCOS without having a single cyst on your ovaries.
To be diagnosed with PCOS, you must have at least two of these three symptoms:
In addition to the recognized signs of PCOS, women with the disorder are often overweight. Also, a significant percentage of PCOS patients have abnormal cholesterol levels
There are a number of ways to treat PCOS. Depending on your individual symptoms, DMC Hutzel Women’s Services physicians often treat the condition with the following therapies: