Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes fibroids from the uterus. Some women have fibroids their whole lives with no symptoms, while others have pain, excessive bleeding and prolonged periods, along with a greater challenge in getting pregnant. For those women, a myomectomy is the answer.
The laparoscopic part involves minimally invasive surgery through small incisions in your abdomen: One for a camera to guide the surgery and two more for the surgical instruments.
Using the laparoscopic procedure gets the same results as invasive surgery, without as much injury to abdominal muscles. Additionally, there’s:
Robotic surgery also has all the advantages of manual laparoscopic surgery, plus:
Greater precision also means less damage to organ tissue so the uterus can remain fully functional and the chance of pregnancy remains.
Once general anesthesia has been administered, surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions in the abdomen to gain access to the uterus. With the help of 3-D imaging, the surgeon moves robotic surgical tools to cut the fibroid into small pieces and removes it through one of the small incisions.
Alternatively, the surgeon may remove the fibroid all at once through a larger incision. Less often, the fibroid is removed through an incision in the vaginal wall.
Once the fibroid is removed, the surgeon will close the small incisions, and you’ll stay under observation for at least one night. Recovery time typically takes two to three weeks, and involves exercising vis-a-vis light walks.
Your doctor will tell you when you it’s safe to resume driving and sexual activity. Women trying to conceive should wait three months for the uterus to heal completely.
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