|For more than 23 years, Dr. Lyndon Taylor has been offering alternative treatments for uterine fibroids. Contact Dr. Taylor for a consultation and information regarding the latest non-surgical treatment options.
The latest treatment on the horizon is straight out of Star Trek. Using focused ultrasound beams, and guided by magnetic resonance, uterine fibroids can be treated non-surgically.
The magnetic resonance sets up a map of a patient’s fibroids, to guide the ultrasound beams to their targets.
It’s a wonderful device. Patients are treated for an hour and a half to three hours, they get off the table and go home, then go to work the next day.
Uterine artery embolization is another technique making headlines. Oprah Winfrey profiled it on her show, and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice had the procedure done.
This procedure is performed in the hospital by an interventional radiologist in conjunction with a gynecologist. A catheter is inserted into the groin, up into the uterine artery, and embolic particles (tiny polyvinyl or gelatin sponge particles) are injected to block the blood flow to the uterine fibroids, which causes them to shrink over time.
Even surgery is going Star Trek. Robotic myomectomy is just coming out. Surgeons sit at a remote console and control the robot’s arms as it performs the surgery to remove fibroids. The advantages include a greater degree of precision and control.
Natural medicine also features new options for women suffering from fibroids. Fibrovan claims to quickly and safely dissolve and prevent the formation of “fibrin and blood clots that cause fibroids and endometriosis, all without hormones and surgery.” It should be noted that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and women use this product at their own risk.
WHAT ARE FIBROIDS?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop within or attach to the wall of the uterus. Known also as leiomyomas,fibromyomas, myomas, or simply fibroids, uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor.
The cause of uterine fibroid tumors is unknown. Oral contraceptives and pregnancy lower the risk of developing new fibroid tumors.
Fibroids may be present in 15 - 20% of women in their reproductive years -- the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause. Fibroids may affect 30 - 40% of women over age 30.
Fibroids occur 2 to 3 times more frequently in African-American women than in Caucasian women.
Although fibroids usually aren’t dangerous, they can cause discomfort and may lead to complications such as anemia from heavy blood loss. Fibroids usually don’t interfere with conception and pregnancy, but they can occasionally affect fertility. They may distort or block your fallopiantubes or interfere with the passage of sperm from your cervix to your fallopian tubes. Submucosal fibroids may prevent implantation or growth of an embryo. Pregnant women with fibroids are at slightly increased risk of miscarriage, premature labor and delivery, abnormal fetal position, and separation of the placenta from the uterine wall.
In rare instances, fibroid tumors can grow out of your uterus on a stalk-like projection. The fibroid can sometimes twist on this stalk.
If you develop a sudden sharp severe pain in your lower abdomen, call Dr. Taylor right away. You may need surgery.
You should also call Dr. Taylor if you have:
· Pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
· Pelvic pressure or heaviness caused by the fibroid pressing on nearby organs
· Pain in the back or legs caused by the fibroid pressing on nerves that supply the pelvis and legs
· Abnormally enlarged abdomen
· Bladder pressure leading to constant urge to urinate
· Pressure on the bowel leading to constipation or bloating
· Overly heavy or painful periods
· Spotting or bleeding between periods
· Pain with intercourse
· Difficulty emptying your bladder or moving your bowels
If you feel like you suffer from this and need expert opinion,