Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths which form in the womb, made up of muscle fibre. The size of fibroids can vary widely, from the size of a pea to as large as a melon. Fibroids are most common in women in their 30s and 40s and they tend to shrink after the menopause. Our specialist team uses advanced ultrasound techniques to diagnose fibroids and your consultant gynaecologist will offer the most appropriate treatment depending on your symptoms. While it is not clearly known what causes fibroids, it is believed that each tumor develops from an aberrant muscle cell in the uterus, which multiplies rapidly because of the influence of estrogen.
Some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, or have only mild symptoms, while other women have more severe, disruptive symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms for uterine fibroids, however each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Symptoms of uterine fibroids may include:
In some cases the heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, or the abnormal bleeding between periods, can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which also requires treatment. Fibroids are most often found during a routine pelvic examination.
At the Surrey Park Clinic, we are specialists in treating fibroids and you will be seen by one of our experienced Consultant Gynaecologists. At the consultation they will:
The gynaecologist may also perform some diagnostic tests:
Our specialist consultants are experienced in removing fibroids using advanced keyhole surgery techniques, which offer many advantages over the traditional open abdominal approach including enhanced recovery, a shorter hospital stay and reduced scarring.
Please call 01483 454016 to arrange your consultation.