Since 1998, Dr. Chad Hill has owned and operated the Siloam Springs Women’s Center in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at the clinic, Dr. Chad Hill has treated numerous cases of uterine fibroids.
More common than any other gynecological tumor, uterine fibroids affect 20 to 77 percent of women in their childbearing years. These numbers are so far apart because approximately 33 percent of fibroids are too small for physicians to detect in routine examinations, and many fibroids never cause symptoms.
Almost all fibroids are benign and do not increase a woman’s risk of developing cancer. Some fibroids, however, do cause significant pain and heavy or lengthy menstrual periods.
Uterine fibroids may also cause bleeding between periods, increased urinary frequency, and painful intercourse. For women whose fibroids are asymptomatic or minimally problematic, a physician may choose to watch the growths carefully and assess whether they will stop growing or shrink at menopause.
If symptoms are occasional, anti-inflammatory medications may be sufficient. If a patient is struggling with severe symptoms, however, the physician may choose to treat the fibroids with hormone-focused treatment or surgery.
Surgery may involve removal of the fibroids or of the uterus itself, depending on whether the patient wishes to have biological children. In some cases, a woman may be eligible for minimally invasive embolization of the fibroid, which interrupts blood supply and impedes tumor growth.