Up to 80% of women will develop uterine fibroids by the age of 50 and may not even know they have them. Not all women experience symptoms, and it’s only through annual well-woman visits that fibroids are discovered. At Aventura OB/GYN & Associates in Miami and Hallandale, Florida, the experienced physicians offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for uterine fibroids, including the minimally invasive myomectomy procedure. To find out if this treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the lining of your uterus. Common in women during their childbearing years, fibroids can range in size from microscopic to large masses that change the shape of your uterus.
In many cases, smaller fibroids cause no symptoms and go unnoticed until your doctor discovers them during a routine pelvic exam. When they’re larger, you may experience symptoms like:
You may be at increased risk of developing fibroids if you have a family history of them. You may also be more prone to having fibroids during times when your hormones fluctuate, such as during pregnancy, menopause, and when using birth controls containing estrogen.
If your fibroids or related symptoms aren’t disrupting your life, your doctor may recommend careful monitoring before treating them. For larger fibroids, your doctor may recommend prescription medications that can treat fibroid symptoms and slow fibroid growth.
If fibroids are causing heavy bleeding or fertility issues, your doctor may recommend a myomectomy.
A myomectomy is a minimally invasive surgery where your doctor removes the fibroids and leaves your uterus intact. There are three surgical options available, and your doctor decides the best method for your treatment based on the size and location of your fibroids.
Your doctor inserts a lighted scope into the vaginal canal to remove fibroids that haven’t grown too deeply into the lining of your uterus.
Your doctor inserts precision instruments into small incisions in your abdomen. The instruments have an attached camera that transmits images to a monitor. Your doctor uses the live images as guidance to remove the fibroids or break them up into smaller pieces.
This procedure is more invasive than the other options and only necessary for removing fibroids that are deeply embedded in the uterine lining. This option requires a large abdominal incision to remove fibroids and longer recovery time.
Recovery time for hysteroscopic and laparoscopic myomectomy procedures requires about 1-2 weeks to return to your normal activities. For an abdominal myomectomy, you may need a month or longer of recovery time to allow your abdominal incision time to heal correctly.
To find out if a myomectomy is the right treatment for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
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