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.