Laparoscopic Surgery for Fibroids: What to Expect

Fibroids are tumors that grow in muscle cells in your uterus. They range in size, with some as small as apple seeds and others growing as large as a grapefruit, and they’re extremely common.

In fact, up to 80% of women will develop a fibroid by the time they turn 50. Fibroids are rarely cancerous, but they can cause a range of symptoms depending on their size and placement.

If you have large fibroids, or symptoms like pelvic pain or heavy menstrual bleeding, you could benefit from fibroid removal. Our team at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta specializes in laparoscopic surgery for fibroids to treat symptoms and improve your health.

Preparing for fibroid surgery

Not every woman with fibroids needs surgery to remove them. However, there are some common signs that could indicate complications, including:

If you’re bothered by fibroid symptoms, our team provides comprehensive exams, and we can recommend treatment options for you. In some cases, surgery for fibroids is a good option to prevent pain and other symptoms.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive option to remove fibroids. Other options may include hysterectomy or endometrial ablation. Depending on your condition, our team helps you choose the best surgical procedure for you.

After your surgery is scheduled, we give you specific instructions to prepare for your procedure. This often includes fasting or stopping certain medications for a period of time before undergoing surgery.

We perform laparoscopic fibroid surgery on an outpatient basis. You can go home the same day, but plan to bring a friend or family member with you to drive you home after the procedure is over.

What happens during laparoscopy for fibroids

On the day of your surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Our team prepares you for surgery and administers anesthesia so you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, and your surgeon begins by making small incisions in your abdomen. They guide a small, lighted camera in the surgical site, and images are projected onto a screen.

Our team uses small, specialized tools to access, assess, and remove fibroids in your uterus. Depending on the number of fibroids being removed, your procedure may take 2-4 hours.

After we remove your fibroids, the surgeon closes your incisions and you’re moved to a recovery room. We monitor your vital signs as the anesthesia wears off, and you’re free to go home shortly afterward.

Recovering from laparoscopic fibroid surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is very safe and effective, and you can expect to recover faster than if you undergo traditional open surgery. Among the benefits of minimally invasive surgery are:

It’s important to follow our instructions for recovery after fibroid surgery. You may have abdominal swelling for a few days after your procedure, and vaginal bleeding may last up to one month. Full recovery may take several weeks.

You don’t have to live with pelvic discomfort and other symptoms of uterine fibroids. Contact OB-GYN Associates of Marietta to schedule a well-woman exam today.

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