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Gynecologist hosts free program at Silver Cross on May 1

New Lenox, IL (April 23, 2013)— Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus.  They are common and 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.

“The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, said Dr. Amy Abouzied, gynecologist on staff at the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  “However, their growth has been linked to the normal stimulates. As long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will probably continue to grow, usually slowly.”  

Not all women with fibroids experience symptoms such as pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.  But those who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with.  Fibroids can put pressure on the bladder—causing frequent urination, or on the rectum—causing rectal pressure. Should the fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdo­men to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant.  

Innovative Treatments Fix Fibroids 

Treatment for fibroids is different for each individual. Some women may just need pelvic exams or ultrasounds every once in a while to monitor the fibroid's growth. Others may need more aggressive treatment.  

“Some of the ways we can treat the symptoms of fibroids are with birth control pills to help control heavy periods or with intrauterine devices that release the hormone progestin to help reduce heavy bleeding and pain, “said Dr. Abouzied.  “We may also try nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naprosyn for cramps or pain or short-term hormonal therapy injections to help shrink the fibroids.”  

Many women opt for a more permanent solution through surgery.  At Silver Cross Hospital—a designated Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology, specially trained physicians including Dr. Abouzied are removing fibroids using robotic surgery techniques.  The innovative da Vinci surgical robot allows highly-skilled physicians to make tiny incisions and remove the fibroid using delicate instruments that are inserted into the patient.   The enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control of the da Vinci robot allow physicians to perform an excellent surgery even for women with complex cases. 

 “Robotic surgery offers women many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including significantly less pain, minimal scarring, less blood loss, and quicker recovery time,” said Dr. Abouzied. “Most patients go home the same or next day.” 

 Free Facts About Fibroids Program 

To learn more about diagnosis and various treatment options available for fibroids including robotic surgery, join Dr. Dr. Amy Abouzied, gynecologist, on Wednesday, May 1. This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 Amy Abouzied, M.D. received her medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Abouzied continued her training at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mercy Medical Center with a Fellowship in Endoscopy & Pelvic Surgery.  She has a special interest in treating endometriosis, pelvic prolapse, and adolescent care. Her philosophy is to develop a strong and trusting relationship with patients so they feel as comfortable as possible with their gynecology care, options and decisions. It is important to Dr. Abouzied that all of her patients are educated and confident with their decisions and treatment. Her office is located with Suburban Gynecology, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd. Suite 375, New Lenox.  To schedule an appointment, call 815-717-8727.

About Silver Cross Hospital

 Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 

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