Learn More About a Myomectomy in Williamsport & Wellsboro, PA
A myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. The procedure helps ease pelvic pain and bleeding from fibroids.
Unlike a hysterectomy, the goal of a myomectomy is to preserve fertility. If fertility is no longer a concern and uterine fibroids are recurring, a hysterectomy may be right for you. At UPMC, your provider will take your fertility plans into consideration before proceeding with surgery.
Why a Myomectomy Is Performed
Your doctor may recommend a myomectomy if you have fibroids that put a strain on your day-to-day life.
Other reasons may include:
- Anemia that does not respond to medicine
- Pain or pressure that is not relieved with medicine
What to Expect
Myomectomies are always performed in an operating room. Surgical methods for myomectomy include:
- Hysteroscopy, which involves inserting a lighted viewing instrument through the vagina and into the uterus
- Laparoscopy, which uses a lighted viewing instrument and one or more small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen
- Laparotomy, which uses a larger incision in the abdomen
da Vinci® Myomectomy
A new category of minimally invasive myomectomy, da Vinci® Myomectomy, combines the best of open and laparoscopic surgery. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System — the latest evolution in robotics technology — surgeons can remove uterine fibroids through small incisions with unmatched precision and control.
da Vinci Myomectomy is performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System, which allows your surgeon to perform a minimally invasive, yet remarkably precise, comprehensive reconstruction of the uterine wall, regardless of the size or location of your fibroids. The unique level of control and precision of da Vinci can also help your surgeon provide the most precise and thorough reconstruction possible. That can help to prevent a possible uterine rupture (tearing) during future pregnancies.
Your provider may recommend iron supplements, vitamins or hormonal treatments prior to surgery. Hormonal therapy to reduce fibroids may be recommended as well.
Recovery After a Myomectomy
Patients may go home the same day or spend a few nights in the hospital, depending on which approach is used. A hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure and recovery time takes anywhere from a few days to two weeks. A laparoscopy may be an outpatient procedure or require a stay of one day and recovery lasts one to two weeks. A laparotomy requires a stay between one to four days and recovery can take four to six weeks.
Gynecology providers at UPMC are dedicated to offering excellence in care for procedures such as myomectomy. Find a Provider to learn more.