There are multiple types of uterine fibroids that can cause painful symptoms for those who experience them. Uterine fibroids are classified as benign lumps that appear on the uterus and may grow larger, becoming inflamed. They may also cause heavy bleeding during menstruation and issues with infertility. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we use ultrasound diagnostic testing, as well as several different treatment options, depending on the extent and number of existing fibroids. If you are experiencing any symptoms that could be related to fibroids, we urge you to contact one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO. These symptoms could include:
- Extreme pain during menstruation
- Pain in the pelvis and/or lower back
- Heavy bleeding during and outside of menstruation
- Abnormal bloating in the abdomen
- Frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
Types of Fibroids
The different types of fibroids are characterized by their location and include the following:
- Intramural fibroids: form in the muscular wall of the uterus
- Subserosal fibroids: develop outside of the uterus on the serosa
- Pedunculated fibroids: occur when subserosal fibroids grow a stem that supports the fibroid
- Submucosal fibroids: grow within the middle muscle layer in the uterus (also known as the myometrium)
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Typically, fibroids only need to be treated if they are causing painful symptoms or are affecting fertility. The treatment recommended will be dependent on the size and type of existing fibroids. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we provide minimally invasive and surgical options, including:
- Endometrial ablation: This procedure works by destroying (ablating) the lining of the uterus. The type of method used may vary, depending on your existing condition but could include liquid heat, extreme cold, or radiofrequency energy.
- Myomectomy: A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the fibroids. During the procedure, an incision is made along the lower abdomen area and the fibroids are surgically removed from the wall of the uterus. The incision will then be stitched closed.
- Laparoscopic surgery: A laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a hysteroscope. This device is inserted into the vagina to reach the uterus where the fibroids will then be removed.
Eliminate Your Fibroids
Fibroids can cause many painful symptoms that may require them to be removed. With several different types of fibroids, treatment options will vary. At Women's Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs can create a customized treatment plan best suited for your needs. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation.