Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to remove uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas. These common noncancerous growths appear in the uterus wall, usually during childbearing years, but can occur at any age. These growths can become large, causing severe pain, problems conceiving, and other gynecologic issues.
Myomectomies have revolutionized the treatment of fibroids. The surgeon's goal is remove the fibroid and leave the uterus intact, allowing women to avoid a complete hysterectomy.
Women who undergo myomectomy report improvement in fibroid symptoms, including menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure.
Myomectomies can often be performed using the minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotically assisted approach. These methods are less stressful for the body and allow patients to return to their normal activities with less need for pain medication. Myomectomies have been vital for many women who are trying to conceive or wishing to live without pain.
Myomectomy surgery is done three ways:
- Traditional (bikini incision to the abdomen)
- Robotic Assisted with the da Vinci
Myomectomies do not actually cure fibroids. It is possible for new fibroids to grow back after the surgery, which may require additional procedures if they become a nuisance.