Uterine fibroids can be treated with medications if your symptoms do not bring discomfort that critically affects your quality of life. In case of pain, bleeding, anemia, etc., fibroid surgery is one of available treatment options.
There are different kinds of fibroid surgery. You should consider the risks and recovery time of uterine fibroid surgery.
Myomectomy will help relieve symptoms or sometimes completely get rid of them. But the fact is that one third of women who have chosen this type of fibroid surgery need to repeat the operation because new fibroids can form overtime. In many cases, myomectomy doesn’t remove all fibroids.
Depending on the characteristics of your fibroid(s), one of three kinds of myomectomy is performed:
This procedure is suitable for women with a small number of fibroids. Also, hysteroscopy removes fibroids that have grown into the inside of your uterus.
The doctor places a long, thin, lighted telescope in the uterus. The uterus expands with fluid, so that the doctor can see your fibroids. Then the doctor removes the fibroids using a special device.
Usually, you can go home the same day after the procedure.
This is a type of a fibroid surgery that removes large fibroids, but it leaves a bigger scar because a surgeon makes a cut in your lower belly area and removes fibroids. You will likely have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days, and a full recovery can take weeks.
The peculiarity of this procedure is that a surgeon makes two small cuts in your belly area. A telescope is placed in one of them to see the fibroids. Another cut is used to place the tool to remove fibroids. You will likely have to stay in the hospital for a night, but the recovery process will take some time.
Any woman undergoing a myomectomy risks losing her uterus if severe bleeding or other complications occur during surgery, and the surgeon is not able to resolve it without removing her uterus.
This type of uterine fibroid surgery can be performed if you have large fibroids and you do not plan to have children. A surgeon removes the uterus partially or completely (with ovaries or without). It is the only surgery that cures uterine fibroids without relapse. Recovery can take 1-2 months, the exact time varies. Hysterectomy, like any surgery, can have complications.
The procedure is done through the vagina. It removes or destroys the lining of your uterus by a laser, boiling water, electric current, freezing, and in other ways. This procedure is an option if you do not want to get pregnant in the future. Recovery usually occurs quickly.
Surgical intervention can cause bleeding, infection, scars, the need for an additional operation, bowel or urinary problems, fertility issues, and various complications. Before deciding on a surgical procedure, make sure that you have evaluated all available types of treatment.
Unlike surgery, UFE is a fully outpatient, non-surgical procedure with 1-2 days of recovery time. It does not require staying in a hospital overnight, cutting into uterus, and allows women to have pregnancies and full term births after the procedure.
If you would like a second opinion before deciding what procedure is best for you, make an appointment with Dr. John Lipman by calling Atlanta Fibroid Center at 770-953-2600 or book an appointment online.