Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that originate in the smooth muscle layers (myometrium) of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women and are usually discovered in patients during the middle to later reproductive years. Available treatment options for this condition include:
Evaluating these options will depend on unique circumstances, especially the unique needs and goals of patients. Women who wish to have children in the future, for example, should voice this concern to their doctors so that treatment options can be tailored accordingly.
Women who wish to preserve future fertility often have more pressing concerns when seeking treatment for uterine fibroids and other female reproductive conditions. In many of these cases, doctors and experts prefer the option of myomectomy. Sometimes referred to as fibroidectomy, myomectomy is a procedure that involves the surgical removal of uterine fibroids. In contrast to hysterectomy surgery, myomectomy preserves the uterus and allows the patient to retain her reproductive potential. Today, there are a number of ways in which myomectomy can be performed, including:
As the size of the fibroids and other considerations can dictate which option is best, comprehensive assessments – including early and accurate diagnoses – are essential. Women should also speak with their doctors – as well as seek a second opinion – about minimally invasive options that pose fewer risks and often result in shorter recoveries than traditional surgery. Laparoscopic myomectomy, for example, is a commonly used minimally invasive procedure in which fibroids are removed via several small incisions on the abdomen.
Dr. Tamer Seckin is one of the world's leading figures on female reproductive conditions and treatments, including laparoscopic surgery. If you would to learn more about laparoscopic myomectomy, uterine fibroids, or your available treatment options, feel free to complete a contact form today.