What are My Options for Fibroid and Polyp Removal?
Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Abdominal, laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies are all surgical procedures that eliminate any possibility of getting pregnant. They may require hospitalization and recovery is typically 2 to 6 weeks.
Myomectomy is the removal of fibroids without removing the uterus. This surgical procedure preserves the possibility of getting pregnant.1 It can be done in several ways and may require hospitalization:
- Open surgery requires an abdominal incision to remove large or numerous fibroids that have grown deep into or outside the uterine wall. Recovery is typically 4 to 6 weeks.
- Laparoscopic myomectomy calls for one or more small incisions near your belly button. A lighted viewing instrument is used to remove the uterus. Recovery is typically 2 to 4 weeks.
- Hysteroscopic myomectomy involves placing a thin, lighted instrument through the vagina and cervix into the uterus to locate and remove fibroids or polyps on the inner wall of the uterine cavity. No incisions are needed and recovery is short. The Symphion™ System is used to perform these hysteroscopic procedures.
1. Varasteh NN, Neuwirth RS, Levin B, et al. Pregnancy rates after hysteroscopic polypectomy andmyomectomy in infertile women. Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Aug;94(2):168-71.