Uterine FIBROID Treatment IN WEST ORANGE, NJ
SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR UTERINE FIBROIDS
Dr. Denehy receives weekly referrals from infertility specialists as well as gynecologists from all over the tri-state region. Dr. Denehy is known for his expert management of open and laparoscopic/robotic complex surgeries to maximize the reproductive potential in patients with complicated conditions. Dr. Denehy has had success treating patients with advance stage endometriosis, large or recurrent fibroids, and patients requiring uterine isolation/optimization prior to IVF treatment.
Besides open and robotic myomectomies, Dr. Denehy offers a new minimally invasive technology for the treatment of symptomatic fibroids that has just recently been approved by the FDA (Acessa). This novel procedure allows for same day surgical laparoscopically guided radio-frequency ablation of individual fibroids with minimal incisions and essentially no blood loss. Other procedures performed are endometrial ablation and hysteroscopic myomectomies to help control heavy periods.
Dr. Denehy provides treatment options for uterine fibroids and other gynecologic conditions for women in West Orange, NJ. Dr. Denehy sees patients from Maplewood, Millburn, Livingston, Roseland, Bloomfield, and more. Call to schedule your consultation today.
WHAT ARE FIBROIDS?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus, usually during childbearing years or when a woman approaches menopause.
These growths can cause a number of issues, but the good news is fibroids are almost always noncancerous (benign). Cancerous fibroids are very rare, and fibroids that are benign can't become cancerous.
It is very common to have fibroids, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of women are estimated to have fibroids in their lifetime. Fibroids can range in size, shape, location, and growth rates. Because there are so many variables, it may be difficult to understand which fibroid is causing your symptoms.
How Do I Know if I have Fibroids?
Fibroids are most often found during a routine pelvic exam. The cause of fibroids is unknown, but occurs more often in African-American women. While some believe the cause may be genetic, fibroids and symptoms vary greatly among women.
In fact, some women do not experience any symptoms of fibroids and may not even know they have any. Others however, experience severe pelvic pain and should seek help from a specialist.
You shouldn't have to live with fibroids, as there are many treatment options available.
Some symptoms of fibroids may include:
- Painful heavy menstruation
- Pain after end of period
- Pelvic pain
- Lower back or leg pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal swelling and bloating
You may feel that these symptoms are just a normal part of the aging process or your menopause cycles. However, living with fibroids can be uncomfortable and take a toll on your quality of life. Fibroids are hormonally sensitive, so your symptoms may vary depending on your cycle.
What are Treatment Options for Pelvic Pain and Fibroids?
There are several options for treating uterine fibroids. The goal is to eliminate symptoms like heavy bleeding, cramping, infertility, or pelvic pain.
If you suspect you may have a fibroid, Dr. Denehy will evaluate you through an ultrasound or MRI and talk about your situation. It is helpful to be on the same page, especially if you need to monitor the growth and location to curb any side effects.
You don't have to choose between the pelvic pain caused by fibroids and expensive or invasive surgery. In fact, most treatment for fibroids is nonsurgical.
Nonsurgical options include:
- Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Birth control pills
- Heating pads, icepacks, pain relievers
- Warm baths or showers
Surgical Treatment options for fibroids include:
Myomectomy - removal of the fibroids but retaining the uterus
Hysterectomy - removal of all or part of the uterus
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?
One popular non-surgical treatment option is Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE. You may be a candidate if you experience uterine fibroids and want to retain your uterus. It is a less-invasive procedure than surgery and has proven very helpful in removing fibroids.
UFE is performed using a tiny catheter into the uterine artery and blocking the blood flow to the fibroids. This is done using tiny beads. The beads block the blood flow, and this cuts off the vascular supply from the uterine arteries so they can no longer grow.
The Uterine Fibroid Embolization process:
- You will receive medication help you relax
- Our specialist will numb your skin
- A tiny catheter is placed into the uterine artery
- Small beads are placed into the fibroid artery
- The catheter is removed
- Bandage is applied
- Rest and recover at home
UFE is also an option if Dr. Denehy thinks you are a poor candidate for surgery due to obesity or other risk factors. UFE can help you get your life back without any scarring, surgical risk, general anesthesia or hospital stay.
Benefits of UFE:
- No scarring
- No surgical risk
- No general anesthesia
- No hospital stay
- No stitches
- No bleeding
- Retain fertility
- Relieve pain symptoms
- Return to activities in two to seven days
According to the California Fibroid Center, 90 percent of women do not need surgery after UFE.
When Should I Seek Help?
We are highly trained to meet your needs. We know how difficult it can be to live with fibroids. You can trust us to properly diagnose, manage symptoms, and treat your fibroids. Women from all over the area have come to us to get relief.
We can help you understand your imaging and labs and discuss which options are best for you. Pelvic pain and fibroids can be a burden on you and those you love. It can be confusing and feel like a burden, but with a few steps, you can start getting the relief you deserve.
With so many treatment options available, you can get the outcomes you deserve. We will talk with you to find the right one for you.
Give us a call to talk to our specialists. We can help you get the relief from fibroids you deserve.
Schedule Your Fibroid Consultation Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of fibroids, Dr. Denehy can help! Dr. That Denehy has over 30 years diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids in West Orange, NJ. Call (973) 243-9300 to schedule your appointment today!