Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop within the uterine wall. They occur in up to 1/3 of all women and are currently the leading cause of hysterectomies. Symptoms may include excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility.
An abdominal myomectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids. An abdominal myomectomy is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. During this procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen to reach the uterus. The uterus is then opened and the fibroids are cut up and removed. Recovery time typically takes four to six weeks.
There is also a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to remove uterine fibroids. This procedure is called a hysteroscopic myomectomy. The MyoSure® fibroid removal system enables your doctor to remove fibroid tumors from your uterine wall without making an incision. Instead, an instrument is inserted into your uterus through the vagina. This instrument gently cuts away the fibroids and then removes them. The MyoSure® tissue removal system is designed to allow your doctor to remove uterine fibroids without harming the uterine lining. This is especially important if you think you may want to have children in the future.
The MyoSure® fibroid removal system is an outpatient procedure that enables patients to go home the same day. The average procedure takes ten minutes and the average recovery time is 2 days.
Many advanced Gynecology practices now offer the MyoSure® fibroid removal system. If you are suffering from uterine fibroids, talk to your Gynecologist today about this minimally invasive procedure.