Uterine Fibroid Removal Surgery - Medical Negligence Solicitors Claims


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Uterine Fibroid Removal Surgery

Uterine fibroids are growths of the uterus that often grow during childbearing years. While they are noncancerous, they can get to a big size, putting pressure on the surrounding structures. On rare occasions, a uterine fibroid can become cancerous and grow very big.

Fibroids develop from the smooth muscle fibres of the myometrium of the uterus. It starts as a singly divided cell that eventually turns into a smooth fibrous lump. There can be one or many uterine fibroids that can greatly enlarge the uterus. They can grow very fast or very slow. Some fibroids show up during pregnancy but then the uterine fibroids disappear after the pregnancy is over.

They can range in size from being undetectable to the human eye to being big bulky masses that push on the bladder and distort the shape of the uterus. There can be so many that they reach the bottom of the rib cage.

As many as three fourths of women will have uterine fibroids at some time in their lifetime. Most cause no symptoms and the woman doesn’t even know she has them. The doctor might find them on pelvic examination. An incidental ultrasound can show a fibroid or many fibroids. When a woman has symptoms from uterine fibroids, these are the symptoms she is likely to have:

  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Problems with bladder emptying
  • Backache or leg pains

Fibroids can outgrow their blood supply so that there is sudden, severe pain, sometimes with fever because of dying fibroid tissue seeping into surrounding tissue. A fibroid can hang by a stalk so that, when the stalk twists, there is sudden pain.

Fibroids can be submucosal, just under the inner lining of the uterus. They are often responsible for severe menstrual bleeding at the time of menses. They can interfere with fertility as well. Subserosal fibroids project out into the outside of the uterus. They can press on the bladder and can push on your rectum or spine, leading to things like constipation or back pain. Intramural fibroid tumours are within the wall of the uterus. They can distort the shape of the uterus and cause heavy vaginal bleeding with periods.

Risk factors for uterine fibroids include being of reproductive age, having a mother or sister who had fibroid tumours and being of the African American race. If you are young when you get your first period, you are more likely to have fibroids and a poor diet with beer drinking increase the risk of getting fibroid tumours. Fibroids have a tendency to interfere with fertility in some cases.

Removal of fibroid tumours can be done via a vaginal route or a laparoscopic route. These can be difficult surgeries to perform because the fibroids tend to be big and the uterus may have to be cut up in pieces in order to remove it from the body. The choice of type of surgery depends on the surgeon's preference and skill. Laparoscopic removal of fibroid tumours is more difficult because the hole in which the uterus must be extracted is very small and the fibroid tumors are big.

Complications of uterine fibroid surgery include heavy bleeding from rupturing a large artery or vein, pelvic infection postoperatively and nerve damage to pelvic nerves. Because these can be complicated surgeries to do, the complication rate can be higher than a regular hysterectomy. In these surgeries, just the uterine fibroid can be removed if a woman wants to spare her fertility. If her fertile years are over, the entire uterus and uterine fibroids can be removed together or in pieces.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here