Heavy PeriodsFresno, CA
Women who experience heavy periods each month may have a condition called menorrhagia. This menstrual disorder can be painful, disruptive to daily activities and, in extreme cases, dangerous. Fortunately, we can offer professional treatment for severe cases of heavy periods. Heavy periods are a condition that results in heavier or prolonged bleeding during one's period that can result from hormone imbalances and other factors.
Treatment for heavy periods is available at Gopal Reddy Gade MD FACOG in Fresno and the surrounding area. Under the direction of Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG, our team can provide laparoscopic procedures for treatment. These methods involve minimally invasive procedures in which we make small, half-inch incisions instead of one large cut. Laparoscopic surgeries typically result in less pain and require shorter healing times than traditional operations.
Call us today and schedule an appointment to find out if this treatment is right for you, so heavy periods do not continue to disrupt your life anymore.
A Minimally invasive solution
Laparoscopic surgery involves a method that uses smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. To perform the operation, we insert slender tubes into the openings and then put a camera in place, called a laparoscope. We will then insert specialized instruments through the tubes. Both the camera and tools negate the need for a large opening. The camera provides the "eyes" while the devices work as the "hands."
Initially used for gynecological operations, laparoscopic procedures are highly effective for treating heavy periods. While there are other types of minimally invasive procedures for treating menorrhagia, two of the more popular ones include laparoscopic hysterectomy and endometrial ablation. Regardless of the nature of the procedure a patient undergoes, there are several benefits of laparoscopic surgery:
- Smaller incisions, which means more minor scars
- Quicker healing time
- Less discomfort while the scars heal
- Faster return to life-as-normal
- Possibly less internal scarring
With traditional, open surgeries, patients might spend a week or more in the hospital and another four to eight weeks in recovery. Hospital stays after laparoscopic surgery is typically only two days long, which means less incurred cost and inconvenience for the patient.
Symptoms and causes of menorrhagia
Many women experience some degree of discomfort during their menstrual cycles, but blood loss is typically not severe enough to interfere with everyday life. Women who live with menorrhagia, on the other hand, may experience excessive and prolonged blood loss and cramping. Signs of menorrhagia may include the following:
- Bleeding heavy enough to soak through one or more tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
- The need to wake up in the middle of the night to change a pad or tampon
- The need for double protection to prevent leaks
- Bleeding that lasts for longer than one week
- Inability to perform everyday activities
- Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
- Symptoms of anemia, including fatigue, shortness of breath or excessive sleepiness
In some cases, the cause of heavy periods is unknown. However, research has found that there is a correlation between menorrhagia and other conditions. For instance, hormone imbalance, dysfunctional ovaries, uterine polyps, uterine fibroids, inherited blood disorders and adenomyosis are all associated with the condition. As an OBGYN, we can take other health factors into account when recommending a specific procedure.
Pregnancy complications, cancer and certain medications have also been known to cause the disorder. It is worth noting that menorrhagia is a well-known side effect of intrauterine devices. If we suspect that an IUD is a cause, we help patients plan for alternative management options. Certain risk factors are also associated with heavy flow.
Adolescent girls are particularly prone to menorrhagia, as anovulation is a known cause of the condition. Teenage girls often have anovulatory cycles for up to one year following their first menstrual cycle. Due to uterine pathology, advanced age is also a risk factor since older women tend to develop polyps, fibroids and adenomyosis, all of which perpetuate heavy flows.
The Professional and precise treatment
Laparoscopic surgery for treating heavy periods provides a level of precision that other surgical options do not. While patients may consider other treatment options, they may not provide the same results as laparoscopic surgery. Additional procedures that can help with heavy periods include dilation and curettage. This procedure is done to remove the lining of the uterus.
To manage the pain associated with menorrhagia, we might encourage women to take NSAIDs or other over-the-counter-medications. During an appointment, our OBGYN, Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG, will determine if laparoscopic surgery or another treatment option will be right for you.
Call us today
Contact us at 559-975-1216 to learn more about how laparoscopic procedures can help you stop heavy periods from interfering with your activities and altering the quality of your life.
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