When you have symptomatic or large uterine fibroids that fail to respond to conservative treatments, such as hormone intervention, you may need a myomectomy. This surgery removes uterine fibroids and leaves your reproductive organs intact. At The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, the expert OB/GYN surgical team uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize complications and allow for faster recovery. If you’re a woman in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, or Staten Island, New York, who wants more information on how a myomectomy could resolve symptomatic uterine fibroids, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous, muscular tumors that grow on the walls of the uterus. Many women develop fibroids during their childbearing years, and in most cases, the growths cause no symptoms.
But in some women, the fibroids can become large or cause symptoms that include:
If you have symptomatic fibroids, but want to bear children in the future, the myomectomy may be the best course of treatment to resolve your problems and preserve your fertility.
At The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, the team is skilled in laparoscopic and robotic myomectomy procedures.
The doctors make several small incisions near your belly button. Tiny robotic instruments and a camera are inserted into these incisions and the doctors control their activity from a console located in the operating room. The surgeon is in control of the surgery at all times.
The minimally invasive approach allows for shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, and minimal scarring. Your surgeon can perform robotic surgery with more precision than they might with larger, bulkier instruments. You recover faster from a minimally invasive myomectomy than you do from traditional open surgery.
Fibroids vary in size from tiny to large – even the size of a grapefruit. If you have a large uterine fibroid, the surgeon may cut it into pieces so that it can be removed through smaller incisions.
In most women, a myomectomy resolves symptoms caused by uterine fibroids. A myomectomy can also help women whose fertility has been negatively affected by fibroids. You’ll be asked to wait about three months following surgery before trying to conceive so your uterus can heal.
Surgery doesn’t mean fibroids won’t return. Because fibroids range in size, tiny seedlings may not be detected or removed during your myomectomy. These have the potential to grow and may require treatment in the future.
To learn more about myomectomy as a treatment for fibroids, call The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group or book an appointment online.