Myomectomy: Treating Uterine Fibroids with Minimally Invasive Surgery
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that originate in the muscular wall of the uterus. Fibroids are the most common type of tumor found in female reproductive organs. Franciscan Health offers minimally invasive da Vinci® Myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids for women who find that symptoms are painfully interfering with their daily lives and if they plan to have children in the future.
Should I have myomectomy surgery?
Women should discuss this option with their doctor. Deciding on a particular surgical procedure depends on the location, size and number of fibroids. Certain procedures affect a woman's fertility and are recommended only for women who are past childbearing age or who do not want to become pregnant. In terms of surgical options, myomectomy is generally the only commonly performed procedure that preserves fertility.
Preparing for surgery: pre- and post–op.
Before deciding to have surgery, ask your doctor or nurse what to expect after the procedure. Many women notice changes in their body and in how they feel about themselves. Talk with your doctor, nurse, family or friends about these possible changes before you have surgery.
Always tell your health care team about all the medicines you are taking, including herbs, supplements and other medicines you bought without a prescription.
During the days before the surgery
- You may be asked to stop taking certain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Ask your doctor which drugs you can take on the day of your surgery.
- If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help quitting.
On the day of your surgery
- You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 8 hours before the surgery.
- Take any medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
- Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
After the procedure
- Robotic-assisted, minimally invasive myomectomies typically result in a shorter hospital stay. However, if the uterine fibroid tumors are extensive, an overnight observation may be needed.
- Recovery can take up to a few weeks.