Women with moderate or severe symptoms may need surgery to treat their uterine fibroids
After you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Dr. J. Kyle Mathews will discuss treatment options with you. He makes his decision based on the size, the type and the location of your fibroids. He will also take your health, your age, your pregnancy plans and the severity of your condition into account. After assessing these factors, Dr. Mathews may decide that one of the surgical options below is the best option for you.
A myomectomy allows Dr. Mathews to remove the uterine fibroids while leaving the uterus in place
There are different methods for performing a myomectomy, a procedure that is a particularly good option for women who want to leave their uterus intact for future pregnancies.
Fibroid vaporization, or hysteroscopic myomectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Mathews uses for women who have submucosal uterine fibroids, which means they are located inside the uterine cavity.
During this outpatient procedure, Dr. Mathews uses an instrument that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina to provide electrical current to cut uterine fibroids from the uterine wall. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia at a surgery center or hospital.
Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy is a procedure in which Dr. Mathews uses instruments to remove uterine fibroids. During this procedure, Dr. Mathews makes small incisions in your abdominal area through which he inserts his instruments. This allows him to view your uterine fibroids and remove them without a traditional abdominal incision, helping you recover more quickly with fewer complications.
A partial or total radical hysterectomy may be the best solution for some patients
There are times when a hysterectomy may be the best option for your health, particularly if you are experiencing severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding, or if you have several fibroids or large-size growths. One advantage of a hysterectomy over other procedures is that it’s the only way to completely get rid of uterine fibroids.
Dr. Mathews uses his surgical skill to perform most hysterectomies either laparoscopically or robotically, which are minimally invasive procedures; however, there are cases requiring a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.
If you need a partial hysterectomy, the upper portion of your uterus is removed. During a total hysterectomy, Dr. Mathews removes your cervix, uterus and, if necessary, your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Another surgical option is an endometrial ablation, a procedure that is helpful in stopping heavy bleeding. The drawback is that women cannot get pregnant after having this procedure.
You can rely on Dr. Mathews for the expertise and knowledge needed to provide you with excellent surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. Contact us to make an appointment.