Laparoscopic Options for Uterine Fibroid Removal
The female reproductive system is a truly multitasking phenomenon. And, as with any such complex system, there are many things that can go wrong. Some doctors may suggest hysterectomy as a treatment option when a female patient exhibits mysterious abdominal pain or abnormal bleeding. However, that can be a difficult option to consider for women who would like to have children in the future or worry about hormonal imbalance. Often, mysterious abdominal pain can be caused by uterine fibroids, and though hysterectomy may be the answer for severe cases, it is not the only option!
Uterine fibroids, also known as myomas, are non-cancerous tumors made of fibrous tissue that can grow along the walls of the uterus. Often, they are so small that they don’t cause any symptoms and don’t require treatment. However, if a fibroid is large enough, or growing in a place that causes discomfort, pain or abnormal bleeding it may need to be removed.
Surgical removal of fibroids is called myomectomy and, in most cases, can be performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic myomectomy does not require removal of the cervix or uterus, and many women retain their ability to have children after this minimally invasive surgery. And, as with other minimally invasive procedures, a laparoscopic myomectomy is less painful and doesn’t require as much recovery time as other myomectomy procedures can. You’ll be back to multitasking in no time!
AIMIS physicians are trained in the latest techniques and technology used to perform laparoscopic myomectomy, and can help you understand the benefits and risks of this kind of procedure. Read more about laparoscopic procedures, including myomectomy here. If you’re ready to talk to a doctor about uterine fibroid removal, you can find an AIMIS physician near you here.