Uterine fibroids affect 20-80% of women in the United States, and the reason behind this wide range is that in many women it goes undetected. For the unfortunate few who develop problems due to fibroids, the team at Park Avenue Women’s Center can help. From diagnosis to advanced treatment including surgery, Dr. Gila Leiter, Dr. Shari Leipzig, and Dr. Douglas Moss help women in New York City's Yorkville, Upper East Side overcome the serious symptoms that can come with uterine fibroids. If you’d like to learn more, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus. These growths range in size from a small seed to larger, more problematic ones that can grow up to the size of a grapefruit or larger.
In the majority of women, fibroids go unnoticed since they don’t produce any symptoms. For those who do experience symptoms, the most common include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s always a good idea to have one of the OB/GYNs at Park Avenue Women’s Center examine you.
If your OB/GYN suspects that uterine fibroids may be at the root of your symptoms, they turn to several diagnostic tools, including sonography and video hysteroscopy. With a video hysteroscopy, your doctor threads a small camera through your cervix into your uterus to get a closer look at what’s going on inside.
If the presence of uterine fibroids is confirmed, several treatments are offered, including:
Your OB/GYN may combine their diagnosis and treatment by turning your hysteroscopy into an operative one, correcting your condition.
Depending upon the size of your fibroid(s), your OB/GYN may be able to remove them using laparoscopic techniques. Needing only small incisions, your doctor threads a small, lighted camera and specialized surgical tools into the area to remove the fibroid, leaving your uterus intact. If your fibroid is too large for laparoscopy, your surgeon enters your belly through a larger incision along your lower abdomen. The doctors perform abdominal surgeries at the Mount Sinai Hospital on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.
Using a hysteroscope for visualization, your OB/GYN can perform surgery within your uterus without making an incision on your abdominal wall. Fibroids or polyps in the uterine lining can be removed during this procedure performed in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. This technique helps put an end to unpredictable or heavy bleeding.
If uterine fibroids are having a serious impact on your quality of life, call Park Avenue Women’s Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.