Fibroids & Treatment Options
Myomectomy is a uterine-preserving procedure performed to remove uterine fibroids. While hysterectomy is a proven way to resolve fibroids, it may not be the best surgical treatment for every woman. If, for example, you hope to later become pregnant, you may want to consider alternatives to hysterectomy like myomectomy.
Uterine fibroids* are benign (non-cancerous) tumors occurring in at least one quarter of all women.1
They can grow underneath the uterine lining, inside the uterine wall, or outside the uterus.
Many women don't feel any symptoms with uterine tumors or fibroids. But for others, these fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding (also called menorrhagia), abnormal periods, uterine bleeding, pain, discomfort, frequent urination and infertility.2
Treatments include uterine fibroid embolization - which shrinks the tumor - and surgery. Surgical treatment for uterine tumors most often involves the surgeon removing the entire uterus, via hysterectomy.3
Types of Myomectomy
The conventional approach to myomectomy is open surgery, through an abdominal incision.4
After removing each uterine fibroid, the surgeon repairs the uterine wall to minimize potential uterine bleeding, infection and scarring. Proper repair is also critical to reducing the risk of uterine rupture during future pregnancies.
While myomectomy is also performed laparoscopically, this approach can be challenging for the surgeon, and may compromise results compared to open surgery.5
Laparoscopic myomectomies often take longer than open abdominal myomectomies, and up to 28% are converted during surgery to an open abdominal incision.6
da Vinci® Myomectomy is a minimally invasive procedure combining open and laparoscopic surgery. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, our surgeons may remove uterine fibroids through small incisions with precision and control. Among the potential benefits of da Vinci Myomectomy as compared to traditional open abdominal surgery are:
- Opportunity for future pregnancy
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
da Vinci Myomectomy is performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, which allows your surgeon to perform a minimally invasive, precise, comprehensive reconstruction of the uterine wall, regardless of the size or location of your fibroids. The unique level of control and precision provided by da Vinci also can help your surgeon give the most precise and thorough reconstruction possible, helping to prevent possible uterine rupture (tearing) during future pregnancies.
If you would like to explore whether you are a candidate for myomectomy, ask your doctor.
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