Blood loss is the most common cause of anemia. Anemia symptoms vary depending on the cause and may include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, a fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, pale skin, chest pain, cognitive problems, cold hands and feet. Around 25% of women of reproductive age have absent iron stores, and any amount of bleeding will result in anemia for them.
Submucosal fibroids (within the uterine lining), even small, can cause severe bleeding. Intramural fibroids (within the uterine muscle) that are larger or close to the cavity can increase blood flow to the uterus and affect the normal systems that control bleeding in the uterus. Increased bleeding in the uterine cavity caused by these types of fibroids can result in the formation of clots. Passage of the clots can cause extreme pelvic pain with the menstrual cycle.
Thorough fibroid removal is essential to relieve symptoms and achieve long-term relief. Minimally invasive fibroid surgery is possible with safe laparoscopic procedures, without the use of a robot or power morcellators. CIGC surgeons use advanced surgical techniques that allow them to feel fibroids that are deep in the muscle, or are very small and can be hard to find. All of the fibroids must be thoroughly removed so they do not continue to grow and cause problems.
Fibroid removal can be performed as a minimally invasive myomectomy, to preserve fertility or minimally invasive hysterectomy, as definitive treatment. CIGC specialists Paul MacKoul MD and Natalya Danilyants MD perform either procedure through advanced laparoscopic techniques, such as LAAM or DualPortGYN.
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