Key-hole surgery for fibroids and ovarian cysts
Fibroids and cysts affect different structures within a women's reproductive system. However, they can both present with similar symptoms.
Helping you to understand
At Gynae Solution, we will use plain language to explain what you have, what the treatment options are and what your prognosis is in terms you can understand.
Understanding the difference between an ovarian cyst and fibroid
Abnormal growths on the uterus and ovaries come in multiple forms.
While these growths may seem similar and even produce some of the same symptoms, the differences between them are important for patients to understand when it comes to their reproductive and overall health.
For both ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids, a lack of treatment may lead to additional health complications that compromise your reproductive health, and result in infections or other serious health concerns. Each type of growth can be managed through monitoring and treatment by a gynaecology specialist.
Listening to you
It's important to find a consultant who will listen to your concerns to help explain and answer any questions you might have.
Causes of ovarian cysts and fibroids
Ovarian cysts are typically a byproduct of a woman’s menstrual cycle. They may also be attributed to the faulty function of an ovarian follicle, or another abnormality of the ovary’s functioning. Hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, endometriosis, and a prior history of ovarian cysts can also increase your likelihood of developing cysts in the future.
The causes of uterine fibroids are less clear, but similarly associated with hormonal changes or imbalances, including the hormone production that occurs during pregnancy. Genetic changes may also be a factor.
What options are there?
More often than not, it will be possible to remove some small fibroids and ovarian cysts by laparoscopy without needing a big cut on your abdomen (tummy). This will only require tiny cuts that will heal quickly without leaving visible scars. This means less pain and quicker recovery from your operation.
There are however instances where your doctor may advice you against having your fibroids or ovarian cysts removed by laparoscopy:
- If the fibroid or ovarian cyst is too large
- Complex ovarian cysts
- Where there is risk or suspicion of cancer
- If you have had multiple operations in the past which may increase the risk of bowel injuries
Your doctor will discuss all of these very thoroughly with you and advise you accordingly.
If you believe you are experiencing health complications or have a history of either ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids, contact Mr Jafaru Abu who can evaluate the growths, monitor their development, and recommend treatments that prioritise your long-term health and quality of life.