Pedunculated Fibroids

According to the National Institute of Health, as many as 77% of women are diagnosed with fibroids in their lifetime.

While some fibroids grow inside the uterus, others, like pedunculated fibroids, grow on the outside of the uterus, impacting the functionality of this reproductive organ.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with pedunculated fibroids or is experiencing symptoms consistent with these noncancerous tumors, we can help.

Our team of fibroid specialists is here to provide comprehensive diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment options that help you feel better sooner.

Let’s discuss pedunculated fibroids in more detail, including their symptoms, diagnosis, and the treatment options we offer below. 

What Is a Pedunculated Fibroid?

Pedunculated fibroids are a type of uterine fibroid that grows on a stalk or peduncle attached to the uterus. They can be either submucosal or subserosal and vary in size and shape.

They often appear singularly, but more than one may be found in clusters or locations on the uterus.

Depending on their size and location, pedunculated fibroids can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms.

Pedunculated Fibroid Symptoms

The most common symptoms of pedunculated fibroids include

  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Difficulty with bowel or bladder function
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating
  • Back pain
  • Infertility
  • Difficulty getting or staying pregnant

It’s important to note that not all women with pedunculated fibroids experience symptoms.

How Is a Pedunculated Fibroid Diagnosed?

A pedunculated fibroid is most often diagnosed through a combination of medical history review, a physical examination, and personalized imaging tests as ordered by your doctor.

A lump or mass in the pelvic area may be discovered during a physical exam.

Imaging tests, such as a pedunculated fibroid ultrasound or MRI, can confirm the presence of one or more fibroid tumors and determine their location, size, and shape.

Pedunculated Fibroid Treatment

The treatment for pedunculated fibroids depends on the size, location, and active symptoms.

While some patients with minimal to no symptoms may follow the “wait and watch” approach, most require treatment to mitigate the potential growth of the fibroid and increase in symptom progression over time.

The most common pedunculated fibroid removal process is uterine fibroid embolization. This minimally invasive treatment blocks the blood vessels that supply the fibroids with blood, causing them to shrink and die over time.

In rare cases, pedunculate fibroids may require surgical removal through a myomectomy or hysterectomy.

It is important to remember that everyone’s fibroid journey is different, and the best treatment options for you will be discussed during your comprehensive care plan review.

Effective Pedunculated Uterine Fibroid Treatment in Houston

You don’t have to live with fibroids forever.

If you have been diagnosed with pedunculated fibroids, are struggling with fertility, or are experiencing fibroid-related symptoms regularly, we can help.

We encourage you to visit our Houston-based fibroid clinic for further evaluation and a personalized treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your consultation.

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