Fibroid Speciailist in Miramar, FL
Helping women throughout Broward County with Expert Treatment for Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids can be a challenging health issue for women in the Miranar, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood areas in Florida. Dr. Dwight Benjamin is highly trained in myomectomy surgery and has many years of experience in treating uterine fibroids. Using da Vinci technology, the procedure is minimally invasive and can lead to less blood loss than open or laparoscopic surgery. Contact us at (954) 435-4700 to schedule an appointment in Miramar, FL, to discuss uterine fibroid removal.
What are Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that grow inside or on the outside of your uterus. Typically they are benign, meaning they are not cancerous. In additoin, women who have them are not more susceptible to cancer. Fibroids can vary tremendously in location, size, and shape. Many women in Broward County never realize they have them, as fibroids often are asymptomatic.
Fibroids usually show up during your childbearing years, but they can appear at any time. Hormones, race, and heredity seem to be the greatest determining factor, with African American women more susceptible. Estrogen and progesterone seem to affect the growth of fibroids. Some fibroids grow slowly, some quickly, and some can remain the same size for a long period of time. Fibroid cysts can go through growth spurts and some eventually shrink on their own. Uterine fibroid shrinking is not all that uncommon, especially in women with menopause. Uterine fibroids cause pain because they place pressure on the surrounding organs. If they grow large enough to cause a swollen uterus, they can be very uncomfortable for a woman.
On occasion, your fibroids outgrow their blood supply and begin to die, which can also be quite painful. You should see Miramar FL fibroid specialist Dr. Dwight Benjamin if any of the symptoms listed below become suddenly worse or debilitating.
What are the Symptoms of Fibroids?
Uterine fibroids and pregnancy don’t mix well. However, it’s not a direct correlation. The presence of fibroids themselves is not necessarily associated with infertility, but if they’re located along the inner uterine wall, it can make it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach. In rare instances, the fibroids may block a woman's fallopian tubes. Other symptoms of fibroids include:
- Pain during sex
- Miscarriages or infertility
- Back ache or leg pains
- Needing to urinate often or having trouble emptying your bladder
- Heavy flow or pain during periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Pressure, pain, or fullness in your stomach
- Significant changes in your uterus size (normal uterus vs. not)
Among the complications caused by the presence of a uterine fibroid with pregnancy are placental abruption, fetal growth restriction, preterm labor and pelvic pain and heavy bleeding after delivery. These conditions require surgery by Dr. Benjamin near his office in Miramar FL.
da Vinci® Myomectomy (Fibroid Removal)
da Vinci® Myomectomy
If you plan to have surgery to remove fibroids, the operation is called a myomectomy. Your doctor will take out the fibroid(s) and keep your uterus in place.
A myomectomy can be done using open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy), which also includes da Vinci® Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables surgeons to operate through a few small incisions, like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large incision. The da Vinci System is a robotically-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
da Vinci Myomectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:
- Similiar rate of complications1
- Shorter hospital stay1,2,3
- Lower rate of blood transfusions1,3
- Less blood loss1,2,3
- Less chance of a post-operative fever2,3
da Vinci Myomectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Similar rate of complications1,3,4
- Similar hospital stay1,3,4
- Similar conversion rate (switch to open surgery)1,2,4
- Similar or less blood loss1,2,4
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
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Risks & Considerations Related to Myomectomy (removal of fibroid tumors): tear or hole in uterus, split or bursting of the uterus, pre-term (early) birth, spontaneous abortion. Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The cutting or morcellation of uterine or fibroid tissue during surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients.
- Pundir, Jyotsna, Vishal Pundir, Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, Kireki Omanwa, Gillian Lancaster, and Salma Kayani. "Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic vs Abdominal and Laparoscopic Myomectomy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 20.3 (2013): 335-45. Print.
- Reza, M., S. Maeso, J. A. Blasco, and E. Andradas. "Meta-analysis of Observational Studies on the Safety and Effectiveness of Robotic Gynaecological Surgery." British Journal of Surgery 97.12 (2010): 1772-783. Print.
- Gobern, Joseph M., C. J. Rosemeyer, James F. Barter, and Albert J. Steren. "Comparison of Robotic, Laparoscopic, and Abdominal Myomectomy in a Community Hospital." JSLS, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 17.1 (2013): 116-20. Print.
- Pluchino, Nicola, Piero Litta, Letizia Freschi, Marinella Russo, Giovanna Simi, Anna N. Santoro, Stefano Angioni, Angiolo Gadducci, and Vito Cela. "Comparison of the Initial Surgical Experience with Robotic and Laparoscopic Myomectomy." The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (2013): N/a. Web.
Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
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