Women's Health Texas – San Antonio

Treating Fibroids

Our San Antonio OBGYNs have many tools for treating uterine fibroids

Even though many women do not experience symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, others will find that their symptoms affect their daily life and health. When that happens, our San Antonio OBGYNs begin developing a plan for treating uterine fibroids. The fibroid treatment plan depends on the location, the size and the severity of the symptoms the patient is experiencing.

Medications are a non-invasive way of treating uterine fibroids

In some cases, our fibroid specialists may choose to treat fibroid symptoms using medications that help with menstrual problems, excessive bleeding and pelvic pain. Medications may make some fibroids smaller, too.

As a fibroid treatment, your OBGYN may prescribe oral contraceptives or another type of hormonal birth control to treat bleeding and pain. IUDs that release progestin also work for the symptoms mentioned above.

Our Austin OBGYNs also perform non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures

For patients having surgery for treating uterine fibroids, our OBGYNs may prescribe GnRH agonists before the procedure to help reduce bleeding, shrink uterine fibroids and help patients who have anemia.

Our San Antonio fibroid specialists may opt for one of the following procedures:

Hysteroscopy—If you have uterine fibroids that are protruding into the uterine cavity, we may suggest a hysteroscopy to remove them. During this minimally invasive, outpatient fibroid surgery, your doctor will insert a thin instrument into the uterus through the vagina to remove the fibroids. This technique also helps preserve fertility.

Endometrial ablation—A minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for treating uterine fibroids, ablation doesn’t require any incisions. It ablates or cauterizes the uterine cavity and works well for small fibroids.

Uterine artery embolization—An interventional radiologist performs this procedure to decrease the size of fibroids. This involves making a small incision in the groin to insert a catheter that is used to insert agents which help block blood flow to the uterus.

Surgery for fibroids

Our experienced OBGYNs offer patients minimally invasive and robotic surgery options for fibroid treatment, offering shorter recovery times and fewer complications than traditional surgery.

Myomectomy—This surgery for fibroids may be performed hysteroscopically, laproscopically or traditionally, but it is usually a minimally invasive surgery. It allows your physician to preserve the uterus while removing the fibroids. It may be an outpatient procedure or may require an overnight hospital stay.

Hysterectomy—Our OBGYNs perform partial, total and radical hysterectomies for fibroid treatment, depending on the patient’s symptoms. A hysterectomy is the only way to completely get rid of uterine fibroids and the symptoms they cause. Very often, we can preserve the ovaries during this fibroid surgery, allowing women to go through menopause naturally.

Our San Antonio OBGYNs are experts at treating uterine fibroids, and they will provide you compassionate care. Contact us to learn more.