Fibroids Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA & Duluth, GA

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) uterine growths that can cause irregular, heavy, or painful bleeding. Many times women undergo hysterectomy or other procedures to remove fibroids only because of excessive bleeding. However, in the majority of cases there is a minimally invasive 90-second procedure, Advanced Endometrial Ablation, that can stop bleeding caused by most fibroids and can be an alternative to major surgery. Dr. Clint Ashford is the leading expert in Advanced Endometrial Ablation and is a trusted specialist, having performed over 4,000 Advanced Endometrial Ablations. Call or schedule online for a consultation with Dr. Ashford to find out if you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art, innovative procedure.

Fibroids

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are benign growths inside the muscle portion of the uterus. Women who have fibroids are usually unaware of them because they experience no symptoms. Fibroids usually don’t affect the ability to conceive or have a successful pregnancy, and they often cause no problems at all.

It’s possible for fibroids to develop at any time until menopause, and they can vary in size from microscopic to being large enough to push the walls of the uterus out of shape. There can be one or many fibroids, and a mixture of different sizes at the same time.

What kinds of symptoms can fibroids cause?

Although some women develop fibroids without experiencing symptoms, other women suffer a range of uncomfortable and inconvenient problems when they have fibroids, including:

  • Heavy periods 
  • Prolonged periods 
  • On-again/off-again periods
  • Pain or pressure in the pelvic region
  • Experiencing the need to urinate more frequently than normal
  • Problems emptying the bladder completely
  • Constipation
  • Backache
  • Leg pain

Symptoms of fibroids can be similar to symptoms of other conditions that affect the female reproductive system. If you are experiencing problems that could be due to fibroids, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before starting any treatment. At the Ashford Center, each patient is given the time and thorough attention necessary to provide a complete diagnosis of her problem, and Dr. Clint or Dr. Rebecca Ashford will be able to determine the best treatment plan, customized for each patient.

How are fibroids diagnosed?

Diagnostic methods that can confirm the presence of fibroids include:

  • Transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound
  • Hysteroscopy
  • CT and MRI scans

It’s not uncommon to find that what a woman thinks are symptoms of fibroids are in fact symptoms of a different condition altogether.

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with fibroids?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation can reduce or eliminate symptoms caused by fibroids by removing the uterine lining (the endometrium) which is the source of bleeding caused by fibroids. The endometrium is linked not just to the symptomatology of fibroids, but many other gynecologic conditions that cause similar symptoms.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is an effective, minimally invasive solution to a range of symptoms, effectively ending periods or other irregular bleeding, and many hormonal imbalance problems as well without the need for a hysterectomy!

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a straightforward, minimally invasive procedure that  Dr. Clint Ashford helped to pioneer over 15 years ago. His experience and expertise have earned the Ashford Center a trusted reputation throughout the Southeast.  

Call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today to find out more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and how it can eliminate bleeding caused by fibroids.