Uterine fibroids are common among women in their reproductive years. At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, the myomectomy procedure removes these non-cancerous growths while keeping your uterus intact. With locations in Rockwell and North Dallas, Texas, you’ll find a caring, committed team of providers who can help you navigate all of your female health concerns. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.
A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to remove uterine fibroids. These benign growths can develop on the uterus and affect women during their reproductive years.
Unlike a hysterectomy, where the doctor removes the entire uterus, a myomectomy leaves your uterus intact. The goal of the myomectomy is to remove the fibroids, which usually results in an improvement of symptoms like heavy periods or pelvic pain.
If you have fibroids and plan on having children, a myomectomy can be an alternative to a hysterectomy.
The nature of your myomectomy procedure depends on the number, location, and size of your uterine fibroids. There are a few different surgical approaches your physician might take to accomplish the myomectomy most effectively:
In this type of surgery, your physician makes an incision along your abdomen to reach your uterus and remove the fibroids. The incision may be horizontal along your bikini line or vertical across your lower stomach.
In a laparoscopic myomectomy, your surgeon makes a much smaller incision — or a series of small incisions — in or near your belly button.
By inserting a laparoscope inside the incisions, which is a thin tube with a camera attached to the end, your surgeon can access and remove the fibroids with tiny surgical tools. With laparoscopic surgery, you’ll have less pain and a faster recovery time.
Depending on the type of myomectomy you get, you might need to rest and recover for a few days. Some women experience light vaginal spotting or bleeding for a few days or weeks. After your body has healed, however, you can expect to have relief from any symptoms you were experiencing before the procedure.
If your physician recommended a myomectomy due to fertility problems, you will have better odds of conception afterward. Most women must wait at least three months before attempting to conceive, however, as the uterus needs time to heal.