09 Oct Myomectomy Procedure
A myomectomy is a procedure done to remove any fibroids in the uterus. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that form in the uterus and can cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. To remove them, a surgical procedure must be done to help alleviate symptoms. If you are looking for a safe, welcoming environment for women’s health in Queens, consider coming to Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our experienced, all-female staff can help you through any obstetrics and gynecological care whether it be a routine checkup or a surgical procedure such as myomectomy, helping to ensure that you are receiving the best care.
What Causes Fibroids?
Fibroids can form at any age, but most often form during your childbearing years. It is currently unclear what causes fibroids to develop in the uterus. There are however some factors that could influence their presence, such as the following:
- Family History – Fibroids have been known to run in the family, so if another woman in your family has had fibroids, it is more likely that you may also develop them.
- Hormones – The hormones produced in the ovaries, estrogen, and progesterone, can influence the growth of fibroids when the uterine lining regenerates during a menstrual cycle.
- Pregnancy – Your production of hormones increases when you become pregnant, and fibroids can form very quickly and suddenly. Make sure to discuss this with your OBGYN that focuses on women’s health in Queens during your pregnancy.
About the Procedure:
The goal of a myomectomy is to remove the fibroids and to then reconstruct the uterus so that it is still functional. After the procedure is complete, symptoms such as abdominal pain and heavy bleeding during your period should improve greatly. A myomectomy is typically recommended over a hysterectomy, a procedure to remove the uterus completely, in case you plan to get pregnant or your fertility is being affected by your fibroids. Based on the location and the sizes of your uterine fibroids, your gynecologist who focuses on women’s health in Queens will suggest which type of myomectomy is the best option for you, such as the following:
- Abdominal Myomectomy – During this procedure, a surgeon, who specializes in women’s health in Queens, will remove your fibroids through an incision that is made in the lower belly area. This procedure is best if you have relatively large fibroids in your uterus.
- Laparoscopic Myomectomy – If this is the case, a surgeon will remove your fibroids through several small incisions, which can even be done robotically. This procedure is best for fewer and smaller fibroids.
- Hysteroscopic Myomectomy – Your surgeon will use a scope that goes through your vagina and cervix to remove your fibroids. This procedure is best if you have a larger amount of very small fibroids.
Recovery After a Myomectomy:
You should expect some pain and discomfort after your procedure. Your women’s health specialist will prescribe you pain medication if needed. It is also likely to experience some spotting after your procedure. The type of procedure you received will affect how long your recovery time will be as well, see below for a few examples of the approximate recovery timeframe:
- Abdominal Myomectomy – Expect a recovery of about four to six weeks.
- Laparoscopic Myomectomy – Expect a recovery of about two to four weeks.
- Hysteroscopic Myomectomy – Expect a recovery of about two to three days.
Make sure you check in with your doctor who focuses on women’s health in Queens when it comes to recovery time. Allow yourself adequate time to recover before returning to your normal activities. Have your physician inspect your incisions to ensure that they have fully healed before you exercise or lift anything heavy. We suggest contacting our off staff should you have any concerns in general. Also, be sure to check with your doctor on when it is safe for you to return to having sex again and when it is safe to try and get pregnant. You may have to wait up to six weeks to have sex again and possibly three to six months before it is safe to consider pregnancy.
How a Center for Women’s Health in Queens Can Help You!
Initially, a myomectomy can seem like an unnerving procedure. But with the help and guidance from Women for Women Obstetrics and Gynecology, we ensure you that you are in good hands. We always strive to provide you with the most comfortable, experienced, and overall best care for women’s health in Queens. Our all-female staff can help provide you with quality care and guide you through a myomectomy and any other obstetrics and gynecological procedure or treatment. Contact us for more information or if you have any questions on how our practice can assist you or a loved one.