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How fast can fibroids grow? I had open abdominal surgery

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Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019
Question: How fast can fibroids grow? I had open abdominal surgery in 2013 to remove a 20cm fibroid at age 37. In September 2018 at age 41 I had keyhole surgery to remove 2 12cm fibroids. A third one was located on an mri but was so small it was unable to be removed. 5 months after the keyhole surgery I’ve started having heavy periods and large clots. I’m concerned the one left behind may have suddenly grown and started causing symptoms.
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Answered by Dr. Ramadevi Wani (1 hour later)
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Welcome to healthcare magic. I am Dr Ramadevi Wani. I will be answering your concerns today.

There is a great variation in the growth of different fibroids even within the same individual. While some may regress in size, others may increase in size by 9-138% in a period of 6 months. So get a scan done.
The symptoms you have could be due to increase in size of the fibroid. A submucosal fibroid can also cause such symptoms even if it is small in size.
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How fast can fibroids grow? I had open abdominal surgery

Brief Answer: Details below. Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to healthcare magic. I am Dr Ramadevi Wani. I will be answering your concerns today. There is a great variation in the growth of different fibroids even within the same individual. While some may regress in size, others may increase in size by 9-138% in a period of 6 months. So get a scan done. The symptoms you have could be due to increase in size of the fibroid. A submucosal fibroid can also cause such symptoms even if it is small in size.