Gynecology

Fibroid Treatment in Garden City, NY

Dr. Mesbah Specializes in Diagnosing & Treating Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are an especially tricky and perplexing condition to have. A majority of the time, these non-cancerous tumors within the uterus will not present any symptoms at all, making them quite difficult to diagnose. For others, symptoms of fibroids can cause a wide range of troublesome symptoms including heavy menstrual bleeding and intense pain. Women who experience daily struggles due to their fibroid symptoms are encouraged to seek treatment because these symptoms will likely only worsen as the fibroid(s) continue to grow even larger over time.

The board-certified gynecologists at Mesbah OB-GYN provide testing and treatment for uterine fibroids at our office in Garden City. Our office is centrally located within walking distance from Hofstra University as well as Nassau County Community College. Learn more about your fibroid treatment options and call (516) 794-1500 to schedule your appointment today.

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are common tumors in and around a woman’s uterine wall. These tumors are almost always non-cancerous, as cancerous fibroids only occur in less than one in 1,000 cases. Roughly 30-77% of women in the Nassau County area develop fibroids sometime during their lifetime.

What Symptoms of Fibroids?

Symptoms of fibroids include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe pelvic cramps
  • Spotting between periods
  • Bloating in the abdomen
  • Low back pain
  • Infertility
  • Anemia due to heavy bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Increased frequency of urination

How are Fibroids Diagnosed?

In most cases, uterine fibroids are detected during a pelvic exam. Dr. Mesbah and staff can often feel the fibroids while palpating the abdomen, especially if they’re large. If Dr. Mesbah observes an irregularly shaped uterus but doesn’t feel fibroids, he may recommend an ultrasound exam to see the interior of the uterus. An ultrasound can also be useful for determining the exact location and measurements of the fibroids, for future treatment purposes.

How Are Fibroids Treated?

Dr. Mesbah will find fibroids during routine physical exams. For confirmation, he uses ultrasound, lab tests, and or other imaging tests. He’ll work with you to come up with the individualized treatment plan you’re comfortable with, which might include:

Lifestyle Changes

If you experience mild symptoms associated with your uterine fibroids, then you may be able to manage them with simple changes to your diet or daily routine. Some preliminary treatments to try at home include:

  • Applying a hot compress to your lower abdomen several times a day can significantly reduce pain caused by uterine fibroids.
  • Using over-the-counter pain relievers and blood thinners such as ibuprofen to reduce pressure and inflammation within the uterus can be quite helpful.
  • Modifying your diet to cut out processed foods or foods that contain high levels of the estrogen hormone.

Medications

There are a variety of prescription medications that can be utilized to help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, which can help to alleviate fibroid symptoms. Such medications can range from common forms of hormonal birth control to drugs specifically designed to treat uterine fibroids.

It should be noted that medications for fibroids are fairly new, meaning that their potential side effects are not entirely known.

Myomectomy

A myomectomy is the surgical removal of a fibroid. This treatment is ideal for those who have a fibroid that protrudes from the uterine wall. Any fibroid that is situated deep within the uterine tissue will be difficult to remove without causing significant damage or scarring to the uterus or the uterine lining. Dr. Mesbah has years of experienced and has performed hundreds of minimally invasive robotic procedures including a robotic fibroid removal using the daVinci Surgery robot.

Hysterectomy

Patients who experience especially severe complications as a result of their uterine fibroids may be recommended for a hysterectomy. This surgery involves the complete removal of the uterus, which subsequently is the only way to guarantee a permanent reprieve from uterine fibroids and their symptoms.

This procedure is not recommended for women looking to preserve their fertility as there is no natural way to conceive and carry a child without a uterus. Many who choose to undergo a hysterectomy will consider it as a last resort after attempting other, less invasive treatment methods.

Call Mesbah OB-GYN at (516) 794-1500 and schedule your fibroid consultation today

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