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Removal Of Fibroids (Myomectomy)

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what is a myomectomy

What is a myomectomy?

Removal of fibroids, known as myomectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing noncancerous growths called fibroids from the uterus while preserving the uterus itself. Myomectomy can be performed through various techniques, including open surgery (laparotomy), laparoscopic myomectomy, or hysteroscopic myomectomy.

When do you need a myomectomy?

You may need to undergo a myomectomy if you experience symptoms caused by fibroids, such as heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, or difficulty conceiving. Myomectomy is an appropriate option for individuals who wish to preserve their fertility or maintain their uterus for personal or cultural reasons.

What is the recovery process after myomectomy like?

The recovery process after a myomectomy can vary depending on the surgical technique used and the size and number of fibroids removed.

 

Here are some general aspects to consider:

  1. Hospital Stay: The length of hospital stay can vary from one day for minimally invasive procedures to a few days for open surgery.

  2. Pain Management: You may experience some pain or discomfort after the surgery, which can be managed with pain medications prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  3. Physical Recovery: It may take several weeks for the incisions to heal, and you may need to limit physical activities and avoid heavy lifting during this time. The recovery period varies, but most individuals can resume regular activities within a few weeks to a couple of months.

  4. Menstrual Changes: You might experience changes in your menstrual cycle, such as lighter or more regular periods, after the removal of fibroids.

  5. Fertility and Pregnancy: Myomectomy can improve fertility for those who had difficulty conceiving due to fibroids. However, it's important to discuss fertility options and future pregnancies with your healthcare provider, as the procedure may impact certain aspects of fertility or require additional measures during pregnancy.

  6. Follow-up Care: Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery, discuss any concerns or complications, and provide guidance on resuming normal activities and contraception if needed.

Recovery experiences can vary between individuals, and it's important to follow your doctor's post-operative instructions and seek medical advice if you have any specific concerns or complications during the recovery period.

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