Myomectomy for Fibroid Removal
A myomectomy is a procedure that removes fibroids from the uterus while still leaving the uterus intact.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that typically develop during childbearing years. These masses can distort or expand the uterus in such a way that becoming pregnant may be difficult since a fertilized egg may not be able to attach to the uterine wall.
In many cases, you may not experience any symptoms from fibroids. They are discovered through a pelvic exam or ultrasound. When fibroids are symptomatic, common issues include:
- Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding
- Frequent urination
- Pelvic pain
A doctor may recommend removing fibroids if you are planning to bear children or you are having difficulty getting pregnant.
Why Would a Myomectomy be Performed Over a Hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy Advantages & Disadvantages
A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the entire uterus. Since this surgery eliminates the possibility of becoming pregnant, this option is usually only recommended for women who have reached menopause. If this procedure is performed before a woman has reached menopause, the patient may experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other menopause-like symptoms.
Myomectomy Advantages & Disadvantages
Since this surgery does not remove the uterus, a myomectomy is typically performed on younger women with fibroid issues who may want to become pregnant in the future. After a myomectomy, the patient’s chance of getting pregnant is increased, but not guaranteed.
Learn About the TRUST Study in Boston
If you suffer from uterine fibroids, the TRUST Study carried out by Brigham & Women’s hospital utilizes the Myomectomy procedure as one of its treatment options. To find out if you’re a candidate, or to get more information please call our Boston office at (617) 983-7003 or fill out our secure form.