Nashville Fertility

Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

Effective treatment of uterine fibroids helps women overcome this fertility issue

The doctors at our Tennessee fertility clinic have been at the forefront of the treatment of uterine fibroids since the early 1990s. Their knowledge allows them to provide leading-edge care to treat women with this uterine issue.

Fibroids are growths in the uterus that are almost always benign. These growths can make it challenging for a woman to become pregnant, as fibroids growing in or into the uterine cavity can impede the embryo’s ability to implant. In this situation, a woman might need minimally invasive surgery. However, fibroids do not always impact a woman’s fertility. This is true if they are small and do not grow into the uterine cavity.

In addition to causing fertility issues, these growths can also cause pain and heavy periods. As a result, our team provides treatment of uterine fibroids for patients.

Various fertility evaluations allow doctors to diagnose uterine fibroids

When a doctor at our Tennessee fertility clinic suspects a patient has uterine fibroids, they order testing to confirm the diagnosis. The two most common tests are a pelvic exam and a transvaginal ultrasound.

A pelvic exam allows the doctor to feel for abnormal growths. If they feel growths, they may then order an ultrasound to confirm a diagnosis of fibroids. The doctor may still order an ultrasound even if they do not feel fibroids during the exam, as small fibroids may still be present. During an ultrasound, the doctor can examine the interior of the woman’s uterus to determine if she has fibroids.

In some cases, the woman may need a surgical evaluation of infertility for a more thorough assessment of the fibroids.

Our clinic provides treatment of uterine fibroids

When the doctor suspects a woman’s fibroids are causing infertility, they might suggest removing them with a myomectomy. Two procedures allow a doctor to perform a myomectomy. The size and location of the fibroids help determine which procedure the doctor recommends.

Hysteroscopy. When fibroids are small and within the uterine cavity, the doctor might suggest a hysteroscopy. This minimally invasive surgery consists of the doctor passing a thin, lighted telescope through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. They then improve visibility by injecting gas or fluid into the uterus. A hysteroscopy allows doctors to evaluate the fibroids and use a specialized tool to remove them.

Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is another minimally invasive surgery doctors can use to remove fibroids. During a laparoscopy, the doctor passes a thin tube through an incision in the belly button and uses gas to inflate the abdomen. The doctor then makes one or two additional incisions below the top of the pubic hairline to introduce the tools to remove the fibroids.

The treatment of uterine fibroids at our Tennessee fertility clinic often helps women overcome this fertility struggle and fulfill the dream of motherhood. Contact us for more information.

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