Fibroids Specialist

Tassone Gynecology

Shawn Tassone, MD, PhD

Gynecologist located in Round Rock, TX

Having fibroids can cause heavy bleeding during your periods and they can also be unbearably painful. Getting treatment helps, but sometimes they need to be surgically removed to get rid of all of the uncomfortable side effects you’re experiencing. Dr. Shawn Tassone and his caring team at Tassone Gynecology want to help you get the relief you need. Their office, conveniently located in Austin, Texas, has flexible scheduling to work around your hours.

Fibroids Q & A

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are small muscular tumors that grow inside the wall of your uterus. You may have one fibroid, or multiple fibroids, ranging from the size of an apple seed, all the way up to the size of a grapefruit. Usually, fibroids are benign masses. In some cases, they don’t even cause any symptoms, meaning you’re completely unaware that you have fibroids until you have an exam. But for many women, fibroids cause excessive bleeding during their periods. They can also intensify menstrual cramping, making that time of the month excessively painful.

Is it possible for fibroids to turn into cancer?

It’s very rare for a fibroid to turn into a cancerous growth. Researchers believe that a cancerous growth doesn’t stem from a fibroid itself, but rather from a cancer cell was already developing in the same area.

Should I be concerned if I’m pregnant and have fibroids?

Possibly. Having fibroids increases your risk of having problems with both pregnancy and delivery, but it isn’t a given that you’ll have issues. You can certainly have a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy and delivery if you have fibroids. Some of the issues you could encounter include:

  • Breech baby
  • Slow labor progression
  • Preterm delivery
  • Cesarean section (C-section)
  • Placental abruption

Because Dr. Tassone is highly skilled in both obstetrics and gynecology, he will be with you throughout your entire pregnancy and delivery. He will help you with any possible problems you may encounter.

How are fibroids treated?

If you don’t have any symptoms, you can go on and live a normal life with fibroids. But if they’re causing symptoms and becoming painful, you probably want to seek treatment. With minor symptoms, you might do well with medications to help manage pain. Or if your symptoms are severe and impacting your daily life, you might need to have them removed.

Dr. Tassone specializes in using a minimally invasive fibroid-removal procedure with the Acessa system. This outpatient surgery allows him to use radiofrequency waves to destroy your fibroids one by one. After a few days of recovery, your bleeding and pain associated with fibroids will disappear.