A myomectomy, also known as a fibroidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to remove fibroids from the uterus. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that can develop on the inside of the uterus, within the muscle wall of the uterus, or on the outer surface of the uterus. Myomectomy is the preferred fibroid treatment for women who want to become pregnant, as this procedure allows the uterus to be left in place and, for some women, improves the chances of pregnancy. In fact, myomectomy is the only fibroid treatment that may increase a woman’s chances of having children in the future.

laparoscopic_myomectomyThere are a number of available methods for performing a myomectomy, and depending on the size, location and number of uterine fibroids, patients may be eligible for a laparoscopic myomectomy, an abdominal myomectomy or a hysteroscopic myomectomy. Although many women who have uterine fibroids do not exhibit symptoms, possible signs of these growths include urinary problems, lower back pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. Removing uterine fibroids is important because they can sometimes cause more serious problems like anemia, infertility or blockage of the bowels or urinary tract.

Around 40% of women develop uterine fibroids, most often between the ages of 30 and 50, and a myomectomy may be a viable option for women who wish to have the fibroids removed but who do not want to undergo a hysterectomy. If you are considering a fibroid removal procedure and you wish to have children in the future, our team of specialists at GREFI in Puerto Rico can discuss with you your possible treatment options, which may include a myomectomy.

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