Myomectomy is a procedure performed by our office to surgically remove leiomyomas, or uterine fibroids.
What Are Leiomyomas?
Leiomyomas, also known as uterine fibroids, are non-cancerous tumors found in the wall of the uterus or in the uterine cavity. In rare instances, they will develop outside of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are made up of muscle tissue.
Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids
Many women don’t notice any symptoms with leiomyomas. Occasionally, uterine fibroids can worsen menstrual symptoms, causing heavy periods and painful cramping. You may also experience pelvic or abdominal pain, urinary frequency and pain with intercourse.
In some cases, uterine fibroids may cause infertility by inhibiting sperm movement, reducing blood flow to the uterine cavity, obstructing sperm access to the ovum or blocking the fallopian tubes. If you are experiencing symptoms or having difficulty getting pregnant, your OBGYN can check for the presence of uterine fibroids.
Treating with Myomectomy
Myomectomy is a surgical option, in which your gynecologic surgeon removes the leiomyomas and reconstructs the uterine cavity while leaving the uterus intact. This treatment is for women who wish to preserve their ability to have children.
Risks Associated with Myomectomy
While myomectomy has a low rate of complications, there are some risks associated with the surgical procedure. Heavy menstrual periods may leave you anemic, which can increase your risk of excessive blood loss during surgery. In the event you’re anemic, your gynecologic surgeon may work with you to improve your blood count prior to surgery.
Myomectomy may also leave you with scar tissue. In rare cases, the scar tissue can block the fallopian tubes and contribute to infertility. Scar tissue may also lead to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Following surgery, your OBGYN may recommend delivering via C- section to reduce the risk of rupturing the uterus.
Call our office to speak discuss questions you may have about uterine fibroids or myomectomy.