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    What are the signs and symptoms of fibroids?

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    Dr David Rosen


    Specialist endoscopic(keyhole) and robotic surgeon with interest in; prolapse and incontinence surgery, endometriosis, menstrual disorders including complicated hysterectomies by keyhole surgery, Essure hysteroscopic sterilization as … View Profile

    Fibroids are composed of the same smooth muscle that makes up the muscle of the uterus. They are a “tumour” ie an abnormal growth, but are usually benign. They present with heavy menstrual bleeding, pressure symptoms such as frequent urination, constipation during menstrual periods or pain especially with menses, depending on their location within the uterus. Sometimes they are associated with fertility issues as well. An ultrasound is often the best way of making the diagnosis after gynaecological examination, and they can be removed surgically if they are causing any of the above symptoms. In our practice they are removed using minimally invasive techniques ie; hysteroscopy, laparoscopy or even robotically, without the need for large abdominal incisions.

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