Myomectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove abnormal,
noncancerous growths (uterine fibroids) from the uterus. Myomectomy may be done
through small incisions with the use of a lighted viewing instrument
(laparoscopy or hysteroscopy). Or it may be done with an open abdominal incision (laparotomy). The method depends on the size and location of uterine fibroids and whether urinary or
bowel problems are present.
Myomectomy removes uterine fibroids but preserves the uterus and
fertility. It may be used to treat uterine fibroids when:
Anemia is not relieved by treatment with
Pain or pressure is not relieved by treatment with
Fibroids may be causing infertility or frequent
Myomectomy reduces the menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain caused
by uterine fibroids. Healthy pregnancies are common after myomectomy. But
uterine fibroids may return after surgery.
Risks of myomectomy include infection, scar tissue formation,
injury to the uterus that causes infertility, and injury to the bowel or
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Divya Gupta, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology
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