Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomas, are non-cancerous growths that appear in the uterus. For most women, fibroids appear during childbearing years, but they can ultimately occur at any age. A laparoscopic myomectomy, unlike a hysterectomy, only removes the fibroids and reconstructs the uterus, as opposed to removing the uterus entirely. An Ogden Clinic OB/GYN may recommend a laparoscopic myomectomy procedure in Utah, if you have any of the following symptoms:
Generally, fibroids only need to be removed if the symptoms are bothersome or inferring with your normal daily activities. An Ogden Clinic specialist will recommend a laparoscopic myomectomy over a hysterectomy if you want to have children, keep your uterus, or fibroids are interfering with your ability to get pregnant.
There are a couple different surgical options to remove fibroids, including an abdominal myomectomy (open surgery), which is either completed through a horizontal or vertical incision, and a laparoscopic myomectomy, which is a minimally invasive procedure. OB/GYNs at Ogden Clinic prefer to use the latter of these surgeries because a laparoscopic myomectomy is performed through a small incision adjacent to the bellybutton, using a narrow tool with a camera. The doctor may make other small incisions on the abdomen to fully excise the fibroids. Often times, the fibroid is cut into little pieces, so it can be removed through these small incisions. In rare cases, the fibroid may be removed through an incision in your vagina, known as a colpotomy. Following your procedure, you will be prescribed an oral pain medication and may notice some vaginal spotting for a few days.
Ogden Clinic OB/GYNs prefer a laparoscopic myomectomy procedure versus an open surgery because the surgery is less invasive, patients lose less blood and have less pain, and they are able to quickly return to their normal daily routine.
Have you been diagnosed with uterine fibroids? Contact Ogden Clinic in Utah to learn more about a laparoscopic myomectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove fibroids.