There are many different complications with heavy menstrual bleeding that you may not have even thought of. For example, many women who have a condition that causes heavy bleeding could suffer from anemia and iron deficiency, which can be dangerous to their health. If you think you have a problem with heavy bleeding, you will need to contact your doctor and discuss your condition as well as your treatment options. Remember that anytime you are dealing with your health, you should have your questions answered before you decide on any treatment option.
To help you get started, here are important questions you should ask your doctor. You may have more questions that you would like ask, but this is a good place to start.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Is my level of bleeding categorized as abnormally heavy? Not all cases of heavier than normal bleeding would be considered clinically heavy. Your doctor can help you decide if you have a condition.
- How do I know if I have low iron because of my bleeding? A blood test will most likely be conducted and then your doctor will give you suggestions for an iron replacement therapy.
- Can you go over my treatment options and tell me the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of each? In some cases, you will have choices and you will want to understand each of those choices before you make a decision.
- How will you go about diagnosing my condition? Your doctor should discuss testing procedures and what you will need to go through in order to determine the cause of your bleeding.
- In severe cases, like endometriosis, is hysterectomy my only option? Surgery could be the best option for you so that you do not have to continue suffering, but you may wish to explore other options before you choose this measure.
- If I should consider endometrial ablation, can you tell me more about the success rates and complications of this treatment? This surgical procedure has numerous uses and it could be the right one for you, but you need to know more about it.
- Will you be able to treat my condition or will I be referred to a specialist? There are some cases when a specialist will be called in and you may need to determine what specialist you will like to see.
- What are the success rates of the treatment we have chosen for my bleeding? Some treatments may not be as successful and you will want to take this into consideration before choosing one particular treatment over another.
Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common condition that affects many women for various reasons. You will need to go to a doctor in order to determine what condition from which you are suffering. Be sure to get all of your questions answered so that you can choose the best treatment option to suit your needs. Do not be afraid to ask any questions you may have no matter how small they may seem.
The conventional approach to uterine fibroid treatment involves an open surgery through a large abdominal incision. After cutting around and removing each uterine fibroid, the surgeon must carefully repair the uterine wall to minimize potential uterine bleeding, infection and scarring. Proper repair is also critical to reducing the risk of uterine rupture during future pregnancies.
da Vinci ® Myomectomy
Da Vinci ® Myomectomy, combines the best of open and laparoscopic surgery. With the assistance of the da Vinci ® Surgical System, surgeons may remove uterine fibroids through small incisions with unmatched precision and control. Among the potential benefits of da VinciMyomectomy as compared to traditional open abdominal surgery are:
- Opportunity for future pregnancy
- Significantly less pain
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
To learn more, check out our section on [da Vinci Myomectomy].
When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Dr. Alan Noel is specially trained on the robotic assisted, da Vinci Surgical System. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci ® System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
The da Vinci ® System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities – and for the first time – offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. To learn more, read our section on [da Vinci ® Surgery].
A growing percentage of women battle uterine fibroids which are non-cancerous growths of muscle tissue in or on the uterus. Using a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, the fibroid shrinks when the blood supply is cut off to it.
For a more detailed explanation of uterine fibroids, our doctors will be happy to sit down with you and talk about the advancement in medicine that makes this procedure safer than ever before.
For more information, check out our section on [Uterine Fibroid Emoblization].
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