Uterine fibroids are benign growths that often cause heavy, painful periods and are most common in women 30-40 years old. Laura LeBel, MD, is a highly skilled obstetrics and gynecology surgeon at Elle OBGYN in Greenville, South Carolina, who diagnoses and treats women of all ages with fibroids. From medication to robotic surgery, you can be sure you get the most effective treatment for your fibroids with the personalized care and attention you need. Call Elle OBGYN to schedule an appointment or book one online.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in your uterus and cause pain and discomfort. They can grow to become rather large inside the wall of your uterus or on the outside. Fibroids are most common inside your uterine wall and can range in size from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit or softball.
Fibroids are also known as myomas, leiomyomas, or fibromas.
Small fibroids may not cause any symptoms at all, but as they get larger, you may experience any of the following:
If fibroid symptoms like heavy, painful periods interfere with your life, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention to avoid complications, as this condition can lead to iron deficiency from excessive blood loss.
The most accurate way to confirm if you have fibroids is through an expert diagnosis. Dr. LeBel performs a pelvic exam to see if she can feel any abnormal lumps within your uterus. She also discusses your symptoms and may use an ultrasound to get a clear image of any fibroids you may have in your uterus. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also show the size and location of fibroids.
In some cases, medications can help relieve mild symptoms from fibroids, but often the best way to alleviate moderate-to-severe symptoms is through surgery. Dr. LeBel performs robotic surgery as a minimally invasive procedure to remove fibroids. A myomectomy removes the tumors without taking any healthy uterine tissue and is a good treatment option if you plan to have children in the future and want to keep your uterus.
If you have many fibroids, or recurring tumors, a hysterectomy is the only sure way to prevent them from recurring. This may be an option if you’re not planning to have children or are near menopause.
Dr. LeBel takes the time to explain your condition and talk to you about treatment options that you feel comfortable with. To learn more about fibroids, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.