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Can “watchful waiting” be used when a patient is anemic?

Is it possible to build up hemoglobin enough to be able to just wait and watch fibroids. My hemoglobin was 6.6 and is now 7.5 from taking iron supplements. My uterus is 6 times normal size with one fibroid the size of a softball, and numerous others. My doctor is strongly recommending a laparoscopic hysterectomy. I just found your website today, and it is the most helpful and informative site I’ve found. Thank you for your help.


You did not say, but I assume the anemia is from heavy menstrual bleeding due to the fibroids. If so, it is unlikely that you will be able to correct the anemia because you will be losing blood every month. However, there are many other ways to help you other than hysterectomy. Depending on the size, number and positions of the fibroids, hysteroscopic myomectomy, laparoscopic/robotic myomectomy, endometrial ablation, abdominal myomectomy, or uterine artery embolization are alternatives. Myomectomy is always possible and should work just fine. You should discuss these options with your doctor, or consider getting a second opinion. Also, take a look at these web pages regarding alternatives;

Bill Parker, MD


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Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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