Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids — which are generally noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. The goal during a myomectomy is to take out symptom-causing fibroids and reconstruct the uterus. Unlike hysterectomy, which removes your entire uterus, myomectomy surgery removes only the fibroids and leaves your uterus intact.
Fibroids are usually found in or around the body of the uterus, but sometimes are in the cervix. There are three main types of fibroids based on where they are found:
- Subserosal are in the outer wall of the uterus
- Intramural are found in the muscular layers of the uterine wall
- Submucosal protrude into the uterine cavity
Reasons for Myomectomy
Heavy bleeding is the primary symptom of fibroids. Associated symptoms of fibroids include pelvic pain, pressure, frequent urination infertility, and miscarriage. A myomectomy may be recommended for symptomatic fibroids, which are debilitating or interfere with your normal activities. Other reasons for myomectomy include:
- plans to become pregnant
- possibility of uterine fibroids hindering fertility or contributing to recurrent miscarriage
- intent to retain the uterus
Although fibroids are common, some women with fibroids have no issue becoming pregnant, and continue on to have an uncomplicated pregnancy, while others may face complications. If a woman has fibroids and has been unable to get pregnant or has had repeated miscarriages, treatment for fibroids should be explored — after carefully evaluating for other potential problems.
At Women's Surgery & Aesthetic Center, the preferred surgical choice (for women who are candidates) is robotic-assisted myomectomy. This procedure uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System to help Dr. Furr perform a more precise, minimally invasive procedure. For most women, robotic-assisted myomectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including
- Less post-operative pain and scarring
- Decreased blood loss and lower risk of blood transfusion
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal activities
Women's Surgery & Aesthetics Center Advantage
As a pioneer in gynecologic robotic surgery, Dr. Furr was one the first gynecologists in the State of Tennessee to be certified in robotic surgery proof that Dr. Furr and his team are committed to providing the most advanced technology for minimally invasive surgery such as myomectomy.