Short or Long Recovery

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Short or Long Recovery

When it comes to procedures to remove fibroids, some result in shorter recovery periods than others.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which we specialize in here at MidAtlantic Vascular and Interventional, has a recovery period of about 1-2 weeks, with most women finding they can resume their normal activities after a few days. This is remarkable considering that most fibroid removal procedures are done surgically with a post-operation recovery period of several weeks or even months.

Not only that, but these surgeries such as a hysterectomy or a myomectomy, often require a few nights in the hospital following the procedure. This is not the case with Uterine Fibroid Embolization.

In order to get a better understanding of how groundbreaking UFE is as an outpatient fibroid removal procedure with a much shorter recovery period, we’re going to take a look at what can be expected following another common fibroid removal procedure: a myomectomy.

When it comes to the recovery period after electing to remove uterine fibroids through a major surgery such as a myomectomy, the recovery timeline varies. Unlike a hysterectomy, which can take weeks and even months to recover from and requires a hospital stay following the procedure, a myomectomy recovery depends on the severity of the fibroids and the approach taken to remove them while keeping the uterus intact.

As we’ve covered in previous articles about the surgical removal of fibroids, a myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes uterine fibroids while keeping the uterus intact and is a treatment option for women who wish to have children after the fibroids are removed, or who wish to keep their uterus for other reasons.

As a quick recap- let’s take a look at the three main types of myomectomies, which are: laparoscopic myomectomy, abdominal myomectomy, and hysteroscopic myomectomy.

Abdominal Myomectomy

This is the most invasive method of performing a myomectomy and involved the administration of general anesthesia. During this procedure, the doctor will make an incision that starts at the lower abdomen and reaches the uterus. Then, using this incision, the doctor will remove the fibroids and then proceed to close the wound with stitches.

Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Similar to an abdominal myomectomy, though less invasive, this procedure also requires the use of general anesthesia. After making several small cuts in the lower abdomen, the stomach is filled with carbon dioxide gas in order to provide the doctor with a better look inside the abdomen. The doctor will then insert a thin lighted tube with a camera on top, called a laparoscope. Then, using special tools, the fibroids are removed, the gas is released, and the incisions are stitched up.

Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

This is the least invasive of the myomectomies and may use general or local anesthesia. It begins with the doctor putting a liquid inside of the uterus in order to make it widen, and therefore make the fibroids more visible. Then, using a lighted scope and a wire loop, which are entered through the vagina and cervix, the fibroids are shaved off of the uterus. Once finished removing the fibroids, the liquid is also removed, which gets rid of any fibroid fragments that remain.

Since a hysteroscopic myomectomy doesn’t involve any external incisions, the recovery time is much shorter than the other types of myomectomies.  And in general, women who have a hysteroscopic myomectomy generally experience fewer complications, while also experiencing a shorter recovery time than that of the other types of myomectomies. However, regardless of the type of myomectomy, it will still take a few weeks for the body to heal.

In our next article, we are going to look at exactly what is to be expected following a myomectomy in regards to the recovery time, so as to compare it to the recovery time that is to be expected following the non-invasive fibroid removal procedure, Uterine Fibroid Embolization. 

To learn more about Uterine Fibroid Embolization as a treatment for uterine fibroids, please call us today to set up a consultation. A myomectomy or a hysterectomy is not the only option. So call us today to find out more.


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