Uterine fibroids can be detected during a routine pelvic exam. Your doctor may feel irregularities that suggest the presence of fibroids. If you have symptoms of uterine fibroids, your doctor might also order an ultrasound or other imaging or lab tests. Symptoms of uterine fibroids can include heavy or painful periods, a full feeling in the pelvic area, enlargement of the lower abdomen, frequent urination, lower back pain, or pain during intercourse.
Myomectomy removes fibroids while preserving healthy tissue of the uterus. With this option, a woman can still get pregnant later.
Types of myomectomy include:
- Hysteroscopic Myomectomy — Removes fibroids through the vagina without an incision
- Laparoscopic Myomectomy — Your doctor views and accesses the pelvis through a few small incisions
- Robotic-Assisted Myomectomy — An enhanced form of laparoscopic myomectomy, uses specialized instruments connected to robotic arms guided by the surgeon to remove thyroids
- Abdominal Myomectomy — Removal of fibroids through an incision on the abdomen
If you need this procedure, your Desert West doctor will discuss the best option for you.