Laparoscopic Myomectomy Recovery & What to Expect

January 10, 2018
Fibroids

Myomectomy recovery

Choosing an experienced laparoscopic GYN surgeon, like a surgeon at The Center for Innovative GYN Care, directly impacts your laparoscopic myomectomy recovery.

A myomectomy is a fertility-sparing procedure to remove fibroids while leaving the uterus intact.

 

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that affect up to 80% of women by age 50. They affect African American women at higher rates, and often, the fibroids are larger, or there are a higher number of them. 

The location of fibroids can affect fertility. Symptoms include: 

 

When having a fibroid removal procedure, it is vital to choose a specialist who can remove all of the tumors—large and small. This can only be accomplished by touching the fibroids, which is impossible with standard laparoscopic or robotic procedures.

Can You Remove All Fibroids?

Thorough removal of the fibroids is possible for many patients. However, they can still return. The only cure for fibroids is a hysterectomy.

Once a patient recovers from a myomectomy, menstrual cycles should normalize, and there should be a noticeable difference in the pain level. After at least 3 months, women can pursue fertility options. The uterus needs to be completely healed before trying to conceive. 

If the uterus is not completely healed or not completely repaired during the surgery, placental abruption can occur, creating a dangerous situation for the infant and mother.

 

My OBGYN Recommended a Hysterectomy. Is a Myomectomy Still An Option?

If a hysterectomy for fibroids is indicated, it is important to get a second opinion

Age and fertility are the most critical factors for these procedures. For some patients, laparoscopic myomectomy may still be an option. 

The advanced minimally invasive techniques used at CIGC can remove very large fibroids via myomectomy if the patient is not past fertility. It is not recommended for women who are past fertility to undergo a myomectomy, as it is a more invasive procedure than a hysterectomy.

Therefore, your surgeon must have the skill and experience to protect the delicate organs in the pelvic cavity for your safety.

 

Why Can’t My OB GYN or GP Perform My Laparoscopic Myomectomy?

The skills required to perform a laparoscopic myomectomy procedure are not practiced by generalists, including OBGYNs. An OB GYN practice is primarily focused on obstetrics. 

Many of these procedures are performed as open surgeries, especially if the patient suffers from an enlarged uterus or large fibroids.

In 2016, the CIGC specialists performed over 2,000 laparoscopic GYN procedures. To understand the importance of experience with complex conditions, CIGC specialists have:

 

CIGC specializes in high-volume laparoscopic surgery for complex GYN conditions that may require open procedures with expert care.

 

How Long Does a Laparoscopic Myomectomy Procedure Take?

The average laparoscopic myomectomy procedure at CIGC is just over an hour. However, some procedures may take longer. 

The advanced-trained CIGC specialists have developed techniques that ensure efficiency in every surgical procedure, including fibroid removal. 

These techniques control for blood loss and map the pelvic cavity so that visibility is high and time can be spent removing and repairing.

 

How Long Will I Be in the Hospital Recovering?

All procedures performed by CIGC specialists are outpatient. That means patients go home from surgery the same day. There is no hospital stay, which means you can focus on your laparoscopic myomectomy recovery at home.

 

How Long Does Laparoscopic Myomectomy Recovery Take?

Fibroid removal with LAAM® is performed using just two small incisions that avoid the abdominal muscle, so the pain from surgery is significantly less than if it were performed as a standard laparoscopic or robotic procedure.

Most women are back to their normal activities within 10-14 days.

 

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