by drseckin.com | Posted on December 10, 2018
By the age of 50, an estimated 80 percent of African-American women will have developed uterine fibroids. The benign growths cause period pain, heavy bleeding and can hinder a woman's ability to conceive and carry a child to term. Just as alarming, according to a 2013 study, 43 percent of African-American women with fibroids often wait four or more years longer than their white counterparts to seek treatment, which can lead to even more severe symptoms.
According to that same 2013 study, when many African-American women eventually did seek medical treatment, it was often too late—hysterectomies were performed on African-American women 2.4 times more than white women.
Left untreated, fibroids can grow in size and be as small as a grain of rice and as large as a grapefruit. Women can have a single fibroid or have multiple. They can have symptoms or be asymptomatic.
There are five types of fibroids. They are:
Fibroids can create pregnancy complications, especially for African-American women, who are prone to high-risk pregnancies arising from gestational fibroids. Common complications due to fibroids include cesarean section, a breech baby, pre-term delivery, placental abruption—when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before delivery, leading to a lack of oxygen for the fetus—and a stalled labor.
Here at Seckin Endometriosis Center, no matter what kind of fibroid you have, we encourage our patients who are experiencing a loss in quality of life and comfort to seek early and timely surgical intervention to achieve better health outcomes.
When it comes to fibroids, hysterectomy should be the last and final option and should be the patient's choice first. At Seckin Endometriosis Center, our surgeon Dr. Tamer Seckin employs a number of masterful techniques to safely remove fibroids and restore a woman's reproductive health and livelihood.
There are five different kinds of surgical treatments for fibroids. They are:
Dr. Seckin is highly skilled in treating most cases of fibroids via laparoscopic myomectomy and uterine repair. His preferred method of fibroid removal is via laparoscopic surgery, which can remove the fibroid at its root with less downtime than an invasive surgery. Very, very rarely do we see the need for an open, invasive myomectomy, which requires a longer time to heal and a much larger incision or a hysterectomy.
"I discovered Dr. Seckin online when I was doing some research on laparoscopic fibroid removal. I had a very large uterine fibroid that caused me constant discomfort, and I desperately wanted it removed. Previous doctors I had seen were either dismissive about my fibroid or just wanted to give me a hysterectomy, as it would be “easiest." Then there were the doctors who would be willing to remove my fibroid less invasively but whose costs were so high that I could never afford them despite having good health insurance. I was beginning to feel disheartened and discouraged that I would ever find a solution.
I called Dr. Seckin’s office hoping that this might be my answer and after talking with Kim, who was so very kind and helpful, I made an appointment. Both Kim and Lucy were so warm and welcoming and patient in answering every question I had. Once I met Dr. Seckin I knew right away that I was in good hands. He reassured me that he could take care of my fibroid by removing it laparoscopically, in the least invasive way possible. He also assured me that regardless of my insurance issues and finances, he would take care of me and not to worry. I knew that he genuinely cared and I felt relieved and confident that I was under the right care.
It has since been a couple of months since my surgery, and I couldn’t be happier. I no longer have the discomfort and pressure that I was used to having daily. I cannot thank Dr. Seckin and his staff enough for helping me through this situation and for taking such great care of me. Dr. Seckin is by far one of the most compassionate and caring doctors I have ever met. I am so grateful for having found him, and I am forever grateful to for all his care and kindness."
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