Fibroids | Texas Fertility Center Blog

Kaylen Silverberg, M.D.


by | November 18, 2010

Uterine Fibroids: Diagnosis and Treatment by the Expert Fertility Surgeons at Texas Fertility Center

Uterine fibroids are a type of benign growth that can develop either inside the cavity or inside the wall of the uterus. Depending on their size and location, they can significantly affect fertility as well as cause heavy, irregular, and or painful bleeding.
Whereas uterine polyps are small, grape-like growths of the lining of the uterus. Fibroids differ from polyps in that they are solid tumors made of smooth muscle and are much firmer than the softer polyps. They are rarely cancerous (<0.1%) but still frequently need to be removed due to the symptoms that they can cause.

Common Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

The most common symptoms of fibroids are heavy and/or painful bleeding, but this depends on their size and location. Fibroids can also cause constipation, a frequent urge to urinate, and pain with intercourse. Like polyps, fibroids are commonly diagnosed during an ultrasound or a hysterosalpingogram (HSG a.k.a. x-ray dye test of the uterus and fallopian tubes). Uterine polyps can be removed during a procedure called a hysteroscopy, which involves placing a thin operative telescope into the uterus.
Fibroids can decrease fertility in a variety of ways. They may distort the uterine contour, interfering with embryo implantation. They may also obstruct the fallopian tube openings into the uterus. Certain fibroids may increase the risk of miscarriage or pregnancy complications.

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Kaylen Silverberg, M.D.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, he received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his infertility fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Silverberg is actively involved in infertility research and has published extensively in the infertility literature. He was recently honored by the American Fertility Association with the Family Building Award, and he is recognized annually by the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Silverberg is Board Certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology

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