Myomectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids. This procedure will be recommended to you if your fibroids are causing symptoms that include:
- Pelvic pain
- Irregular bleeding
- Frequent urination
- Heavy periods
For more information about myomectomy, please visit Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center.
Fibroids are abnormal noncancerous growth that develops in a woman’s uterus. These tumors can become large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. Fibroids have a lower risk of developing cancer as they are typically benign.
Fibroids are also known as myomas, uterine myomas, or fibroid myomas and fibromas. Although most women don’t have any symptoms and may never know they have fibroids, about 80% of these women have them by age 50.
A myomectomy is an option for women who still wish to get pregnant in the future. Unlike hysterectomy, a procedure that takes out your entire uterus, myomectomy will only remove your fibroids, leaving your uterus in place.
With myomectomy, periods will return and hopefully be lighter than before the fibroids were removed. But there is also a chance that new fibroids will develop after myomectomy. Hysterectomy is an option for women beyond their child-bearing years and do not want to have any more periods in the future.
A myomectomy can be done in one of three ways, which include:
· Abdominal myomectomy – your surgeon will remove your fibroids through a small surgical cut in your lower belly. This is recommended if you have many or very large fibroids in your uterine wall.
· Laparoscopic myomectomy – this is a less invasive surgical procedure, which allows your surgeon to remove your fibroids through several small incisions. This is recommended if you have smaller and fewer fibroids.
· Hysteroscopic myomectomy – this procedure requires your surgeon to remove your fibroids using a special scope through your vagina and cervix. This is recommended if you have smaller fibroids inside your uterus.
You will surely feel pain after your surgery, but your doctor can provide you with medication to help you manage the pain. You will also have to wait, depending on your required recovery time, before you can go back to your normal activities.
Your recovery time will depend on the type of procedure that you had. Abdominal myomectomy will require four to six weeks, laparoscopic myomectomy will require two to four weeks, while hysteroscopic myomectomy will only require two to three days.
As with all surgical procedures, myomectomy has potential complications. Although rare, you may develop an infection after your myomectomy procedure. You may also develop serious bleeding with a myomectomy. And if you become pregnant after a myomectomy, you may need a cesarean section for your child’s delivery.
New fibroids may come back and grow after your myomectomy especially if you had the procedure during your younger years. Younger women, the ones who had many fibroids, have a higher chance of developing more fibroids than women who are already near the menopausal stage and those who have few fibroids.
If you are looking for a gynecologist that you can trust, you can book your appointment at Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center. At Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center, we provide women with quality health care services. To book an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, or call us at 347-955-3465. You can also visit our website at http://www.gynecologistbrooklyn.com/