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Calcified Fibroids

Updated on Jun 2, 2021 by Dr. George Bolotin (Vein & Vascular Specialist) of Vein & Vascular Medical Care

Fibroids typically are non-cancerous growths in your uterus. Sometimes, when they’re dying, they shrink and harden in place, instead of being reabsorbed by your body. When this happens, they become calcified fibroids. Since they’re composed of dead tissue, the calcification treatment has to involve calcified fibroid removal, usually through a minimally invasive surgical technique. You need the best fibroid specialist you can find, and in Brooklyn, that’s Dr. George Bolotin, the founder of the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists. He has the knowledge and experience to diagnose your condition and perform effective calcified fibroid treatment. Call today for a consultation.

What Are Calcified Fibroids?

Fibroids are abnormal masses of muscle that form on or in your uterine wall, either inside or outside your uterus. While rarely cancerous, fibroid tumors can still cause pain and other problems with your menstrual cycle, your fertility and your other abdominal organs.

Left untreated, fibroids continue to grow and multiply, which is when your symptoms most often appear. At the end of their lifecycle, fibroids may shrink and disappear, or instead, they may calcify and harden. Sometimes, calcified fibroids cause no symptoms, but they may cause enough trouble to warrant some kind of treatment, even calcified fibroid removal.

That’s when you require an expert fibroid expert, like Dr. George Bolotin of the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Bolotin is an accomplished Interventional Radiologist who focuses on fibroid and vein problems. A board certified Diagnostic Radiologist, Dr. Bolotin uses modern medical imaging technology to identify, diagnose and treat abnormal vascular conditions.

What Causes Fibroids to Calcify?

When fibroids degenerate, often due to the lack of or a diminishing blood supply, they may calcify. It’s considered the last phase of degeneration. All types of fibroids can calcify. Calcified fibroids are, in essence, dead tissue that has hardened. As a result, they can no longer grow.

There are a number of reasons why your fibroids calcify instead of just shrinking and disappearing. It’s usually dependent on changes in your uterus or changes to the blood supply that feeds the fibroid. Reasons for calcification include:

  • Larger uterine fibroids tend to calcify when they die.
  • If a fibroid loses its blood supply quickly, either by growing too fast or having its blood supply cut off, it usually calcifies.
  • Since fibroids feed on estrogen, they calcify after menopause, when your estrogen levels plummet.

Do Calcified Fibroids Cause Symptoms?

Fibroids can grow alone or in groups. When they calcify, they’re still either single tumors or a cluster or growths. Most calcified fibroids, however, don’t cause the severe symptoms common to regular fibroids. But they may still produce some milder side effects, such as:

  • Calcified fibroids may put pressure on other abdominal organs, especially if the fibroids are outside the uterus.
  • They can cause some cases of diarrhea or constipation if they’re located on the rear wall of the uterus.
  • They can cause a loss of bladder control or frequent urination if they’re in the front part of your uterus.
  • As hardened tumors in your uterine wall, they can still cause some pain or severe cramping.
  • They still may cause excessive bleeding during your menstrual cycle.
  • Calcified fibroids can still get in the way of conception efforts.

If you’re still experiencing these symptoms, even after menopause, seek calcified fibroid treatment from a fibroid specialist like Dr. Bolotin in Brooklyn. He uses the latest tools, such as a fibroid ultrasound to find and identify calcified fibroids. Depending on how many he finds and where they’re located, he can then develop a treatment plan.

What’s Involved with Calcified Fibroid Removal?

If you have calcified fibroids, but they’re small enough or positioned in a way that they aren’t causing any symptoms, they don’t require calcified fibroid removal. You only need calcified fibroid treatment when those hard tumors are making your life uncomfortable. Since calcified fibroids are already dead, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) doesn’t work. In fact, some fibroids that were previously treated with UFE may have calcified later.

Therefore, while you can try medicine to lessen the symptoms, the only way to get rid of the symptoms completely is to have them removed completely. Dr. Bolotin may recommend calcified fibroid removal through minimally invasive surgery. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning no hospital stay, and Dr. Bolotin and his team have the experience and skills to minimize your risks.

Your Brooklyn fibroid specialist may discover that you have endometrial and not fibroid calcification, which is easier to treat. The endometrium is the uterine lining, and its calcification, like fibroids, reduces your fertility. Treatment of endometrial calcification is a hormone treatment consisting of a progesterone supplement. No matter what calcification treatment you need, contact Dr. Bolotin and his team at the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn for the best treatment.

Dr. George Bolotin has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. Vein & Vascular Medical Care
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