A myomectomy is surgery to take out fibroids. The uterus is left in place. Uterine fibroids are tumours that grow in the wall or muscle of the uterus. They are not cancer.
Before surgery, you will get medicine to make you sleep.
Laparoscopic surgery is done with only small cuts. These cuts are called incisions. The doctor puts a lighted tube, or scope, and other tools through the cuts in your belly. The doctor is able to see your organs with the scope. The doctor removes the fibroids. The cuts heal quickly, and the scars usually fade over time.
Most women go home on the day of the surgery. After surgery, you will probably have some pain for several days.
This surgery should reduce the pain and heavy bleeding you've had from fibroids. If you have had trouble getting pregnant, this surgery may help after several months of healing. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to have sex without birth control.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: May 15, 2018
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC, FACOG - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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