Uterine Fibroids(Leiomyoma)

Overview

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous pelvic tumors located in the muscle of the uterus. Also known as leiomyomas, fibroids occur randomly and have no known cause. You may have fibroids your whole life and not know it – or, you may experience uncomfortable fibroid symptoms that cause you to seek fibroid treatment.

Fibroids impact roughly 50% of all women and tend to run in families. African American women are at a higher risk for developing fibroids, with up to 70% of the population being affected.

If fibroids are causing you pain, discomfort, excessive bleeding or other symptoms, treatment is available. The Aurora Fibroid Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee offers a variety of minimally invasive fibroid treatment choices - from medication and embolization to minimally invasive surgery.

Uterine Fibroid Symptoms

Many women have fibroids for years without any symptoms. If you’re not experiencing pain or discomfort, there may be no need to have your fibroids removed.

If you do experience symptoms of uterine fibroids, they may include:

  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Painful or heavy periods
  • Infertility or difficulty conceiving
  • Pre-term delivery

Diagnosis

In order to diagnose fibroids, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and perform an ultrasound. They may recommend lab work and perform a biopsy to rule out the presence of other conditions like cancer.

If fibroid treatment is necessary, your doctor may refer you to a fibroid specialist near you or recommend you visit the Aurora Fibroid Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Services & Treatment

Fibroid treatment used to be limited to abdominal hysterectomy only – an open surgery where the uterus was removed completely.

Today, a wide range of treatment options are available, including medication and minimally invasive procedures.

The course of fibroid treatment your doctor recommends will depend on your symptoms, overall health, and how the fibroids are impacting your life.

The most common fibroid treatment options include:

  • Hormonal and non-hormonal medications
  • Uterine artery embolization (UAE), where blood flow to the uterus and fibroids is stopped
  • Hysteroscopic myomectomy, where fibroids are removed with the help of a tiny camera that allows your doctor to see inside your uterus without making any incisions.
  • Laparoscopic myomectomy, where fibroids are removed through small incisions made near your belly button or bikini line. During this procedure, your surgeon will use a laparoscope – a thin camera - to see inside your abdomen and remove the fibroids.
  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy, where all or part of the uterus is removed through small incisions made in the abdomen.

Aurora Fibroid Center

Located inside the Exclusively for Women Clinic at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, the Aurora Fibroid Center offers targeted fibroid treatment for women of all ages. Our fibroid specialists work with your OB-GYN and other health care professionals to provide personalized treatment options based on your symptoms, health and life.

When you visit our Fibroid Center, we’ll discuss your symptoms and make sure you’ve had a recent ultrasound. We may also recommend doing a biopsy to rule out other causes of your symptoms and to check for the presence of cancer.

No referral is necessary to make an appointment at the Fibroid Center. Call (414) 219-5759 to set up an initial consultation today.

Aurora Fibroid Center
1218 W Kilbourn Ave
Ste 302
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-5759

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