Fibroid surgery helps patients find relief from fibroids
As experts in reproductive medicine, the physicians at Texas Fertility Center San Antonio know that nearly 75% of women will suffer from fibroids at some point in their lives. While these growths of muscular tissue usually are not cancerous, they can cause troublesome symptoms, such as heavy menstrual cycles, pelvic pain and even infertility. Women don’t have to live with these symptoms, though. Our San Antonio fertility center offers fibroid surgery to help women find relief and restore their fertility.
Fibroid surgery is designed to treat uterine fibroids that can lead to infertility
Fibroids, also called myomas or leiomyomas, can form in the uterine cavity or the uterine wall and have been linked to infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. While some women with fibroids are able to have successful pregnancies, others will require fibroid surgery in order to conceive and carry a child.
The physicians at our San Antonio fertility center recommend surgically removing a fibroid if the location or size could interfere with embryo implantation. Approximately 5 to 10% of infertile women will have fibroids.
Our fertility specialists are reproductive surgeons trained in the latest surgical techniques
The two most common surgical procedures that are used to treat fibroids are hysteroscopy and laparoscopy for myomectomy. The physicians at our San Antonio fertility center are trained in both of these minimally invasive fibroid removal techniques.
- Hysteroscopy effectively removes fibroids that appear in the uterine cavity. To perform the procedure, the surgeon inserts a surgical telescope through the cervix and into the uterus. From that point, they use surgical tools to remove the fibroid.
- Laparoscopy for myomectomy is often used for smaller fibroids that are found in the uterine wall or outside of the uterus. During the procedure, the surgeon passes a surgical telescope through the patient’s belly button and inserts additional surgical tools through one or two tiny incisions. The procedure can be performed using a laparoscope.
Our fertility specialists will sometimes prescribe medications that block estrogen production. Since fibroids grow in response to estrogen, these medications can cause the growths to shrink, which can make surgery easier.
Texas Fertility Center San Antonio is committed to preserving your fertility, and our physicians are trained to focus on this goal during delicate fibroid surgery. If you’d like more information, contact our office today.