A myomectomy is
surgery to remove fibroids from the uterus. Uterine fibroids are benign
(non-cancerous) tumours of the uterine wall or muscle.
is done through a cut (incision) the doctor makes in your lower belly. In many
cases, the doctor makes the incision just above the pubic hairline. In other
cases, the incision runs from the belly button to the pubic hairline. Either
incision leaves a scar, which usually fades with time.
go home 1 to 4 days after the surgery. You can expect to feel better each day,
but you will probably need about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
This surgery should decrease the pain and heavy bleeding that are caused by
fibroids. You will still have your uterus after the surgery. Having a
myomectomy, unlike many other treatments for fibroids, means you probably will
be able to have children. But some surgeries for large fibroids may damage the
uterus. This can make a future pregnancy more difficult or risky. Talk to your
doctor about this as you prepare for your surgery.
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 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.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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