What Is Uterine Fibroids ?

Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous (benign) growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. They can vary in size from very tiny (a quarter of an inch) to larger than a cantaloupe. Occasionally, they can cause the uterus to grow to the size of a five-month pregnancy. In most cases, there is more than one fibroid in the uterus. While fibroids do not always cause symptoms, their size and location can lead to problems for some women, including pain and heavy bleeding.

Fibroids can dramatically increase in size during pregnancy. This is thought to occur because of the increase in estrogen levels during pregnancy. After pregnancy, the fibroids usually shrink back to their pre-pregnancy size. They typically improve after menopause when the level of estrogen, the female hormone that circulates in the blood, decreases dramatically. However, menopausal women who are taking supplemental estrogen (hormone replacement therapy) may not experience relief of symptoms

Fibroid Uterus Symptoms

Some common fibroid uterus symptoms in women are:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pains

Rarely, a fibroid can cause acute pain when it outgrows its blood supply. Deprived of nutrients, the fibroid begins to die. Byproducts from a degenerating fibroid can seep into surrounding tissue, causing pain and, rarely, fever. A fibroid that hangs by a stalk inside or outside the uterus, can trigger pain by twisting on its stalk and cutting off its blood supply.

Fibroid Uterus Treatment

Regarding treatment for fibroid uterus, gynecologists perform hysterectomy and myomectomy surgery, also called as the Fibroid Uterus surgery. Fibroid Uterus surgery or Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and is considered as major abdominal surgery. Fibroid Uterus Treatment requires three to four days of hospitalization and the average recovery period is six weeks. Depending on the size and placement of the fibroids, myomectomy can be an outpatient surgery or require two to three days in the hospital. However, myomectomy is usually major surgery that involves cutting out the biggest fibroid or collection of fibroids and then stitching the uterus back together. Most women have multiple fibroids and it is not physically possible to remove all of them because it would remove too much of the uterus. While myomectomy is frequently successful in controlling symptoms, the more fibroids the patient has, generally, the less successful the surgery. In addition, fibroids may grow back several years later. Such is the procedure for treatment for fibroid uterus.

Why Joy Clinic ?

Joy Clinic has the expertise in fibroid uterus treatment in Singapore. It has the professional physicians, coupled with the state-of-the-art technology and world-renowned research. Our main mission is to ensure provision of high quality and personal care. Our core motivation comes from giving excellent service to our members and ascertaining their well being. The rooms at the clinic are patient friendly and extremely comfortable and the services offered are the one of a kind.

Dr. Tan, founder of Joy Clinic, has an experience of 25 years. He attained distinctions in biochemistry and microbiology and was awarded the Beecham book price in microbiology as an undergraduate student. He graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1980.