What Are Fibroids? What Are The Treatments For Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas, or fibromyomas. The singular of uterine fibroids is Uterine Fibroma. Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids can vary in size, from that of a bean to as large as a melon.
Fibroids affect at least 20% of all women at sometime during their life. Women aged between 30 and 50 are the most likely to develop fibroids. Overweight and obese women are at significantly higher risk of developing fibroids, compared to women of normal weight.
Malignant (cancerous) growths on the smooth muscles inside the womb can develop, called leiomyosarcoma of the womb. However, this is extremely rare.
There are four types of fibroids
These are located in the wall of the uterus. These are the most common types of fibroids.
These are located outside the wall of the uterus. They can develop into pedunculated fibroids (stalks). Subserosal fibroids can become quite large.
These are located in the muscle beneath the lining of the uterus wall.
These are located in the neck of the womb (the cervix).
More information please go to fibroid.net
How do I find a good local fibroid doctor?
1. starting off with a lot of online research (crude Google searches in the beginning) about area specialists and hospitals.
2. asking *anyone* I knew who’d had any gyno-related procedures in the area to talk about their experience of the hospital/for their dr.’s name if applicable.
3. making a list of major area hospitals & going to their websites to read what they have to say about this area of gyno care. e.g., in nyc, many of the big hospitals have a special fibroid-info pages/dept.s & this is one way to start reading up on people who specialize in the field.
4. asking anyone i knew who had gone to med school at an area hospital (& hence would have to have rotated through obgyn at some point) about dr. reputations…&/or asking anyone i knew who worked in an area hospital (whether nurse, anesthesiologist, dr, whatever) if they could do some inside poking around for me about the unit’s & various dr.’s reputations.