Fibroids

Deer Valley OB/GYN

Victor Kissil, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Phoenix, AZ

Did you know that most women experience uterine fibroids at one point in their lives? If you’re among them, the services of Victor Kissil, DO, of Deer Valley OB/GYN in Phoenix, are a valuable resource. Dr. Kissil is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids and can help relieve symptoms and get you back to your normal routines. Schedule a visit today using the easy online tool, or call to check appointment availability.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that develop within your uterus. They range in size from so tiny you can’t detect them with the human eye, to so large they expand your uterus to reach your rib cage.

For many women, uterine fibroids are asymptomatic, and the only way you become aware of them is after a prenatal ultrasound or pelvic exam. In other cases, fibroids cause painful and disruptive symptoms that prompt a visit to Dr. Kissil for a diagnostic exam.

What are some symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Symptoms range from mild to severe and are steady or intermittent. Some of the more common symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or periods lasting more than a week
  • Constipation
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Pelvic pain or sensation of pressure
  • Backache or leg pain
  • Trouble fully emptying your bladder

If you notice changes in your menstrual cycle or experience these or other symptoms, book a visit with Dr. Kissil to find answers and begin a treatment path.

What causes uterine fibroids?

The exact cause remains unknown, but researchers believe that fibroids develop when a stem cell in the muscular walls of your uterus divides at an abnormal pace. Additional causal factors include:

  • Genetic predisposition to fibroids
  • Race, with African-American women at a higher risk
  • Obesity
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Diet low in vegetables and high in red meat

It’s important to seek treatment if uterine fibroids cause heavy bleeding, as anemia can develop over time. Some fibroids also have a negative impact on your fertility.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

If treatment is needed, there are a number of available options to choose from. Many women respond well to medications that alter their hormonal balance. These drugs often slow or stop menstruation, which also helps improve anemia. Other medications work by shrinking fibroids or providing pain management.

In some cases, minimally invasive surgical procedures destroy fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. These procedures are often done laparoscopically or using robotic-assisted technology. Yet another treatment option uses carefully controlled heat to alter the lining of your uterus, which stops or greatly reduces your menstrual flow.

In rare cases, an open surgical procedure is needed to access your uterus and remove large fibroids. Hysterectomy was once the preferred treatment option but is used only rarely today, as less invasive options are often effective.

To learn more about diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kissil today, online or by phone.