Myomectomy -- Open Surgery
This surgery involves removing fibroids from the wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the muscle of the uterus.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Excessive vaginal bleeding (soaking more than one pad per hour) after the procedure
- Excessive vaginal discharge that continues beyond one month after the procedure
- Vaginal discharge has a foul odor
- Severe abdominal pain
Headaches, muscle aches,
, or general ill feeling
, or abdominal swelling
- Pain and/or swelling in one or both legs
- Fibroid symptoms return after the procedure
, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent blood in the urine
- New, unexplained symptoms
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
This surgery involves removing
from the wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the muscle of the uterus.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Myomectomy is done to relieve problems caused by fibroids without doing a
(removal of the uterus). These problems can include:
- Pelvic pain
- Back pain
- Pressure on the bladder
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Difficulty becoming pregnant
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
The symptoms caused by fibroids are often successfully controlled with this procedure. This may include a return to a normal menstrual cycle and the ability to become pregnant.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a myomectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Surgical wound infection
- Recurrence of fibroids
- Damage to other organs
- Wall of the uterus may be weakened if a large fibroid is removed
- Reactions to anesthesia
Need for special precautions in pregnancy (such as, need to deliver by
- Pelvic adhesions that can cause pain and/or bowel blockage
- Problems found during surgery that make removal of the uterus necessary
Severe scarring, resulting in
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Alcohol abuse
- Chronic or recent illness
- Use of certain prescription medicines
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.