Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are common benign—non-cancerous—growths that appear in the uterus, also known as the womb, of the female reproductive tract. These fibroids usually occur during childbearing years, but can occur in women at any age.
During myomectomy surgery, the surgeon removes just the uterine fibroids. Unlike a hysterectomy, in which the surgeon removes the entire uterus, in a myomectomy the uterus is left intact. The procedure can often be performed laparoscopically—-minimally invasive surgery in which small incisions are made and used to pass a tiny video device and instruments into the abdomen. The surgeon removes the fibroids using real-time video to guide his hands.
Sometimes robotic tools are used during a laparoscopic myomectomy. During this procedure, surgeons control a robotic system of surgical tools from outside the body. The technology allows the surgeon to use natural wrist movements and view the process on a screen that shows three-dimensional images.
With myomectomy, recovery time is fast and women experience a reduction of fibroid symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding and pressure.
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