Uterine fibroids are benign growths that develop in the wall of the uterus.
These noncancerous tumors are not uncommon, especially among women in
their 40s and 50s. Women in who have concerns about their reproductive
health can consult a physician at a local hospital about their risks and
symptoms. The physicians at
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center welcome Las Vegas-area residents who wish to learn more about their health.
Diagnosing Uterine Fibroids
The first video featured here provides an explanation of the symptoms that
might prompt some women to visit a hospital and how the physician might
diagnose uterine fibroids. An OB/GYN at Southern Hills Hospital &
Medical Center explains that some uterine fibroids can cause symptoms
related to menstruation, including bleeding between periods, painful periods,
and heavy bleeding. A physician might suspect the presence of one or more
uterine fibroids during a routine pelvic examination. If so, he or she
may recommend an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.
Considering Whether to Undergo Treatment
Not all uterine fibroids require treatment, as women will learn by viewing the second video. In fact, many uterine
fibroids are asymptomatic. Women may wish to consider their treatment
options if their fibroids do cause troublesome or severe symptoms, or
if the benign growths cause complications such as infertility. Generally,
the uterine fibroids that grow into the uterine cavity are most likely
to cause menstrual and fertility problems.
Evaluating Treatment Options
Sometimes, the symptoms of uterine fibroids may be managed with noninvasive
treatment options, such as medications. However, some women may require
surgical intervention. Before undergoing any medical treatment, it’s
highly advisable that patients learn about every aspect of the treatment,
such as its potential risks and benefits, and the steps involved. For
example, women who are considering having a hysterectomy could ask their
physicians about the potential risks associated with power morcellators,
which have been linked to the metastasis of cancerous cells.
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides state-of-the-art
diagnostic tests and
treatment options for women with uterine fibroids. The physicians at our community hospital
are dedicated to providing compassionate patient care, ensuring that each
patient fully understands the potential risks and benefits of medical
treatments. Residents of the Las Vegas area can call our Consult-A-Nurse
line at (702) 880-2100 or visit our website to explore our service lines,
including emergency care, stroke care, and maternity services.