Uterine Fibroid Treatment in Chicago
Heavy menstrual bleeding?
Are your periods lasting more than a week? Pelvic pressure or pain? Backache or leg pain? Frequentl? Constipated?
You may have a common condition called uterine fibroids.
We are here to help, even for second opinions, or if you live outside Chicago.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus. They are also called leiomyomas or myomas. Nearly 35 million women in the United States are affected by them.
Fibroids range in size, undetectable by the human eye, to large masses that can distort the uterus. You can have one single fibroid or multiple.
Many women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives. It is common patients are unaware of their uterine fibroids because they often cause no symptoms.
TYPES OF FIBROIDS:
Submucosal: Inside the womb. These cause more heavy bleeding
Intramural: Inside the muscular portion of the uterus. These can cause bleeding and pain
Subserosal: They grow at the skin of the uterus. These can cause bulk symptoms such as pain and urgency.
What are the symptoms of Uterine Fibroids?
The symptoms are many, and the most common ones are heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual periods lasting more than a week, pelvic pressure or pain, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation, backache or leg pains.
How are Uterine Fibroids detected?
They are often diagnosed with a routine pelvic exam, or pelvic ultrasound, or if the patients have clear symptoms or pain. Other tests include hysteroscopy, using a lighted camera to see inside the uterus, or laparoscopy, using a camera to visualize the pelvic cavity, or MRI in the case of large tumors.
What are the treatment options for Uterine Fibroids?
Medications/diet and lifestyle changes
Transcervical ultrasound treatment
Uterine artery embolization
Radiofrequency ablation (Acessa Procedure)
Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy or hysterectomy
Endometrial ablation and hysteroscopic myomectomy
Dr. Williams is also one of a handful minimally invasive gynecologists who perform the highly specialized Acessa procedure. Simply, our Acessa™ System Targets fibroids effectively while sparing the uterus. 98% of previous patients would recommend the treatment to a friend.
What is the treatment process like?
At your initial visit, we will review any previous labs and scans that you provide. We will also discuss your wants and needs and review all of your options. If necessary, we will order more tests and decide together your best course of action. All this in a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere.
While these surgeries are usually performed in the hospital, our goal is still the same: effective treatment in a healing environment. Many of our fibroid treatments are performed as an outpatient, and you can go home the same day. We will ensure you have your medications and instructions for care at home before you leave the hospital.
Depending on the procedure, recovery can be from 7 days for a laproscopic or ultrasound procedure to 6 weeks for a more complicated surgery. During the first day or two after any procedure, it is best to rest at home to monitor your pain and to keep the bleeding or spotting to a minimum. Make sure to take your prescribed medications. It's also good to keep a symptom or cycle diary to discuss with your provider.
Is Uterine Fibroid treatment right for me?
We treat many patients in all ages, patients who have had children, patients who never had children, and patients who are busy with their careers. Uterine fibroids are common and can be complex.
We are here to listen to your needs and together determine what is best for you.
Performing uterine fibroid treatment with our gynecologist Dr. Williams can make the difference between just having a procedure and empowering your entire well being.
"Jasmine and Trinity are AMAZING practitioners! I have never really felt comfortable with previous gynecologist offices, especially since I've had to experience some fairly rude practitioners in the past-but Jasmine made me feel so comfortable before, during, and after my pap."
"I am absolutely amazed! I hate going to the Dr. because usually I book through a large hospital network and have to wait for 3 months before I can be seen. I called the office to see if they took my insurance on Friday, and went in for my first appointment today.
Dr. Williams, was warm, informative, educational, patient, kind, and gentle. She asked about what I was experiencing, what information I was operating under, then gave me logic, science and facts to back up her recommendations."
"The entire office is warm and welcoming promoting patient confidence in the cutting edge treatments offered. Dr. Williams concern for patient comfort is always a top priority. Every step is explained in such an informative manner that any fear of pain is eliminated. She brought me from feeling miserable to healthy normal. I’ve recommended her to friends and they’ve been extremely grateful. She’s great!"