At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we understand that making the decision to have gynecological surgery before becoming pregnant can be a scary one, especially for women who still desire to have children. A myomectomy is an effective surgical procedure that is performed to remove uterine fibroids, or “myomas”. Unlike a hysterectomy, where the uterus is also removed along with the fibroids, in a myomectomy, the uterus is left intact, minus the fibroids. Ultimately, this allows women to preserve their options.
Surgical Myomectomy Options @Woodlands OBGYN
Myomectomy is the preferred surgical treatment for removing fibroids in women who want to become pregnant. Once the decision is made, most women anticipate how myomectomy surgery will change their quality of life. In most cases, the heavy menstrual flow and painful cramps decrease.
At Woodlands OBGYN, we offer various methods for removing fibroids. Such methods include: robot-assisted laparoscopy, laparoscopy, and laparotomy (abdominal incision). The choice will be dependent on several factors, such as the size of the fibroid(s), location(s), and number.
The newest method available to you for myomectomy is the da Vinci® Robot system. Using robotics-assisted technology, your physician is able to be more precise than ever before. The result is less risk of healthy tissue loss, less bleeding intraoperatively, less pain, and a shorter recovery time in comparison to laparoscopy alone, or a laparotomy.
Although a laparotomy may require a longer recovery time, in some cases it may maximize your chances for future pregnancy. There are multiple factors your physician will consider before recommending a treatment plan.
Consulting with Woodlands OBGYN Associates
If you have questions, and you will, write them down and take the 1st step… Call us for a consultation. During your appointment, be sure to bring your written questions to ask, along with any other tests you’ve already had.