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A myomectomy is surgery to remove fibroids from the uterus. Uterine fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the uterine wall or muscle.
The surgery 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.
Most women 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 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.
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 19, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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