Fibroids Specialist

Elliece S. Smith, MD, PC -  - Gynecologist

Elliece S. Smith, MD, PC

Gynecologist & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Lanham, MD

Uterine fibroids are extremely common and usually cause no symptoms. However, if you have pain or excessive bleeding due to fibroids, gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Elliece Smith, MD, PC, can help. At her practice located in Lanham, Maryland, you receive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and potentially minimally invasive surgery to resolve issues with uterine fibroids. Find lasting relief from pelvic pain and irregular bleeding. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Fibroids Q & A

What are uterine fibroids?

Noncancerous growths can erupt on the walls of your uterus. These uterine fibroids don’t increase your risk of cancer and often cause no symptoms or life disruption. 

Uterine fibroids range in size from tiny seed-like growths to masses the size of a grapefruit. Women can have one or many fibroids.

Most women experience no side effects from fibroids, but in rare cases, fibroids can be disruptive to your life. Treatment helps restore your health and comfort.

What symptoms suggest I have uterine fibroids?

Symptoms of uterine fibroids include:

  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder
  • Constipation
  • Pain in your back or legs
  • Abnormally heavy or long menstrual bleeding
  • Frequent need to urinate

You may feel bloating and distorted as a result of fibroids, too. These symptoms range in severity from mild to disabling.

Why do uterine fibroids develop?

The exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown. Certain factors put you at greater risk, including:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Presence of certain growth factors
  • Genetic abnormalities

Uterine fibroids can be genetic. If your mother or sister has fibroids, you may develop them, too. If you started menstruating at an early age or use (or used) hormonal birth control, you’re also at greater risk.

How are uterine fibroids treated?

When Dr. Smith has determined that a fibroid or fibroids are causing your symptoms, she offers a number of different treatment options. 

In cases where fibroids are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, you may undergo a period of watching and waiting to see if the fibroids grow in size or become more disruptive.

You may benefit from medications that alter your hormone balance, regulate abnormal bleeding, and relieve pelvic pressure. 

Dr. Smith may prescribe other medications to shrink your fibroids. She may recommend iron supplements to prevent anemia if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding.

If these moderate interventions are ineffective, Dr. Smith may recommend a myomectomy. During this minimally invasive surgery, the fibroids are removed without affecting other tissue. 

If you have a great number of fibroids, an exceptionally large fibroid, or are nearing menopause, Dr. Smith may recommend a full hysterectomy to resolve fibroid symptoms. This procedure is performed laparoscopically or with a robotic procedure.

If you have symptoms that suggest uterine fibroids, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool. 

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