Fibroids, Endometriosis, Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
With three locations in Manhattan, Maiden Lane Medical offers state-of-the-art gynecological care for women throughout the metropolitan New York area. The practice features physicians who are specially trained to treat your specific health care needs. This includes caring doctors who can help you manage fibroids and painful endometriosis as well as physicians trained in minimally invasive hysterectomies. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
What are fibroids?
Nearly 50% of women of reproductive age develop fibroids, although most go undiagnosed. Fibroids are compact tumors made up of muscle cells and connective tissue in the uterus. While fibroids affect a number of women, 99% are noncancerous. Due to elevated estrogen levels, women approaching menopause are most at risk for developing fibroids, followed by obese women and women of African-American descent.
Fibroids symptoms vary widely and may include:
- Heavy or abnormal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Frequent urination
- Lower back pain
- Painful intercourse
The doctors at Maiden Lane Medical diagnose fibroids through a physical exam and pelvic ultrasound. They also may order an MRI to determine the exact location and size of your fibroids. Treatment options for fibroids vary and include medication or surgery.
How do doctors treat endometriosis?
The endometrium is the tissue that lines your uterus. Endometriosis is when that tissue grows on other parts of your body, including the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or outer areas of your uterus.
For most women, endometriosis causes pain, which may present as severe menstrual cramps, chronic back or pelvic pain, pain during or after sex, or intestinal pain. Hormone therapy is the most common method of treatment, including birth control that extends your cycle or an intrauterine device (IUD) to reduce bleeding and pain.
Endometriosis may make it harder for you to get pregnant. If you’re experiencing infertility, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the endometrial tissue.
What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
More than 600,000 American women each year undergo a hysterectomy. Fibroids are the most common reason for the surgery.
Most of these surgeries are performed as an open surgery, or laparotomy, which causes pain, a longer hospital stay, and prolonged healing. However, women no longer need to undergo such invasive surgery to remove the uterus.
Surgeons at Maiden Lane Medical are specially trained in performing minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies. Through small incisions made in the abdomen, the doctor inserts a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera, to cut the uterus free. It is removed either through the vaginal canal or another small incision in the abdomen.
Unlike an open hysterectomy, the laparoscopic procedure does not involve an overnight hospital stay. Recovery is also less painful and faster than with an open hysterectomy.