LIVINGSTON – Saint Barnabas Medical Center recently opened a multidisciplinary Fibroid Center to provide women with a team approach to diagnosing this common gynecologic condition. The Fibroid Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers women across New Jersey a wide array of individualized treatment options, including alternatives to hysterectomy.
“The treatment of uterine fibroids is most successful when it is tailored to the patient, her specific symptoms, and needs along with her clinical situation,” explains John Kindzierski, MD, FACOG, director of Fibroid Center at Saint Barnabas.
To that end, each patient will receive a comprehensive consultation at the same time with Dr. Kindzierski and interventional radiologist, Alan J. Garten, MD, Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Saint Barnabas. “Together, Dr. Kindzierski and I will spend time understanding the extent to which a patient’s symptoms are affecting her quality of life and develop a treatment plan specifically designed to treat her unique condition,” says Dr. Garten.
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign muscular tumor affecting the female reproductive system, affecting about 30 to 50 percent of women ages 30-45. Fibroids are growths, which may appear alone or in groups. They typically range from the size of a pea to the size of a melon. They can be confined to the wall of the uterus, grow into the uterine cavity or extend outside the wall of the uterus. Fibroids are rarely cancerous (0.1 percent or less) and tend to shrink after menopause. The causes of fibroids are unknown; there is a genetic link, and estrogen promotes their growth.
Symptoms can include the following:
- Heavy bleeding during periods, possibly resulting in anemia
- Pelvic pain, pressure, or bloating
- Frequency of urination, constipation
- Low back pain
- Painful intercourse
Patients treated at The Fibroid Center at Saint Barnabas have access to the most advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options available. If surgery is determined to be the best option by both the physician and the patient, Saint Barnabas surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to minimize patient discomfort and decrease recovery time. Many procedures for the treatment of fibroids are now completed in as an outpatient or with an overnight stay in the hospital.
To learn more about The Fibroid Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center or to schedule an appointment, call 1-973-322-5666 or visit www.saintbarnabas.com/fibroidsform.
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