WHAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
ANKOH-African symbol for life
TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of Diagrams and illustrations
CHAPTER ONE – FIBROIDS
Fibroids – definition
Types of fibroids
Factors increasing risk of getting fibroids
Symptoms of fibroids
Causes of fibroids
Fibroids and risk of cancer
Pregnancy and fibroids
CHAPTER TWO – DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Ascertaining the presence of fibroids
Questions doctors should answer
Treatment of fibroids
CHAPTER THREE - HYSTERECTOMY
Types of hysterectomy
Surgical techniques for hysterectomy
What to do after surgery
Treating side effects of hysterectomy
Pelvic floor exercises to do after a hysterectomy
Risks of hysterectomy
What to expect after hysterectomy
Hysterectomy weight gain
How to prevent hysterectomy weight gain
Sex life after hysterectomy
Studies on Sex-life after hysterectomy
List of Diagrams
Diagram 1 Uterine Fibroids
Diagram 2 Cervical fibroids and Uterine Fibroids
Diagram 3 Location on of some fibroids before surgery
Diagram 4 Supra cervical Hysterectomy
Diagram 5 Hysterectomy Surgical Area
Diagram 6 Uterus and Cervix- Remove
Diagram 7 Surgical incision - Open Surgery Hysterectomy
This booklet has been written to provide general information to all persons interested in understanding the nature of Fibroids and the various clinical procedures needed to mange it. The information has been collected from reading and research on the internet and specific first hand information from a few fibroid patients. The booklet is divided into three chapters- the first deals with understanding fibroids; the second explains diagnostic and treatment procedures while the last chapter specifically deals with hysterectomy. The topics trace the possible causes and development of fibroids in patients. It highlights specific questions patients seek answers to from doctors not to mention, the fears that they quietly live with. A few medical doctors have helped in providing medical information and personal assistance during preparation of this information booklet,
July 20, 2012
LIFE, FIBROIDS AND HYSTERECTOMY
“The birth canal is the passage way through which new life is brought into this world. Fibroids are a major threat to this God given avenue for ensuring the smooth facilitation of procreation and the futurity of mankind”
Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. In unusual cases they can become very large. [pic]
Diagram 1 Uterine Fibroids
Diagram 2 Cervical fibroids and Uterine Fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are classified by their location in the uterus. Their location affects the symptoms they may cause and how they can be treated. Although this classification scheme is widely used by clinicians, it suffers from the limitation that few leiomyomas are actually a single "pure" type!
Most fibroids span more than one anatomic location and, therefore, are hybrids (e.g., a predominantly intramural leiomyoma with a submucous component). Other types of fibroids include parasitic myomas, receive their blood supply from structures other than the uterus (e.g., the omentum), and seedling myomas, which have a diameter of less than or equal to 4 millimeters.
If you have fibroids, you may have one or many.
You may also have one type of fibroid or a number of different types.
Tumors in subserosal and intramural locations...