Myomectomy Melbourne

Dr Hugo Fernandes

A minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids and ease pelvic pain.
Myomectomy Melbourne

Treating and Removing Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids can cause pain, discomfort, and symptoms that affect the whole body. Many women experiencing uterine fibroids or myomas may be experiencing prolonged menstrual bleeding, extreme pelvic pain and pressure, bowel and bladder problems, aches, and pains. 

The side effects can be severe, but many people are hesitant to even address the treatment or removal of their fibroids. Fortunately, these procedures don’t need to be daunting. A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that is minimally invasive, able to remove fibroids and mitigate the significant symptoms making life difficult. 

What is a Myomectomy?

Simply put, a myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids or myomas. This minimally invasive surgery removes fibroids from the uterine cavity through small incisions. There are two main ways of performing a myomectomy on a patient, though both involve the same general process. 

Once an incision is made on the uterus, a surgeon can dissect around the fibroid, remove it, and suture the wound on the uterus wall with dissolvable sutures. In cases where there are multiple fibroids or myomas, often they may all be removed through the same incision, though a different cut may be necessary depending on the positioning of the separate fibroids.

The two myomectomy options are laparotomy and laparoscopy. The difference is relatively simple – a laparotomy is a caesarean type of cut, making it an open surgery, while laparoscopy is a keyhole surgery.  

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Myomectomy Procedure Melbourne

When is a Myomectomy Performed?

A myomectomy is a surgical removal procedure designed to remove and treat fibroids. Having even one or two fibroids can bring about significant health issues, yet many women don’t even realise they have one.

Fibroids are essentially noncancerous growths and tumours that develop on the uterine wall. By removing only the fibroids and keeping the uterus intact, you can find relief from the severe symptoms commonly associated with these growths. 

There are several areas of your health that can be affected by fibroids, which may lead to a myomectomy being required. Symptoms can include pressure symptoms impacting your bowel and even difficulty emptying your bladder, excessive bleeding during menstruation, reproductive problems, and significant pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing any of these issues, a myomectomy may be an option. 

The Benefits of Undergoing a Myomectomy

Undergoing a myomectomy procedure isn’t the only option for women struggling with fibroids. A hysterectomy is also a common treatment option for fibroids. Deciding which pathway is best for you is easiest when you work with an experienced gynaecologist and surgeon who can offer crucial advice to guide your treatment.

Unlike a myomectomy, which removes only the fibroids, a hysterectomy removes the entire uterus – this is a less invasive surgery. For women of reproductive age, keeping the uterus intact may be a top priority, and a myomectomy can provide just that. Women who opt to undergo myomectomy still report significant improvement in their fibroid symptoms, including decreased heavy bleeding during menstruation and less pelvic pressure.

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Potential Risks and Side Effects

Every surgery, even procedures as common and minimally invasive as a myomectomy, comes with associated risks. It is essential to be aware of the risks and to discuss any concerns with your surgeon, who will be able to provide greater insight as to what you can expect. The most important surgical risks involved with a myomectomy are:

  • Bleeding – at times excessive when multiple incisions are required
  • Infection – which can be mitigated with the use of antibiotics
  • Damage to other organs – though serious complications are extremely rare
  • Hysterectomy – sometimes further surgery may be required after a myomectomy, and this could lead to a hysterectomy being required. This is a very rare event, happening in about 1 out of 300 procedures
  • Adhesions – surgeries lead to scars, and at times internal scars may lead to fertility issues
  • Uterine wall weakness – incisions can lead to thinning of the uterine wall tissue

Why choose Dr Hugo?

20 Years Experience

When you work with Dr Hugo Fernandes, you will benefit from unparalleled experience and expertise. Having spent over twenty years working within this industry, you can trust that you’re in safe hands with Dr Hugo

Compassionate Care

At the very core of Dr Hugo’s work is a dedication to compassion, honesty, and integrity. These treatment solutions are tailored entirely to your needs and delivered with patience in a welcoming environment.

Women’s Health Advocate

Across twenty years in this field, Dr Hugo has positioned himself as an advocate for women’s health. These services are essential for so many women, and when you work with Dr Hugo you can rest assured that you will be listened to and treated carefully.

Your Myomectomy Questions Answered

Is myomectomy major or minor surgery?

A myomectomy, especially one involving an ‘open’ incision, is typically classified as a major surgery.

Is a myomectomy painful?

A myomectomy may cause pain for the patient. Fortunately, there are various options during and post-surgery to minimise pain and discomfort, which Dr Hugo will be able to supply and recommend.

Can fibroids grow back after a myomectomy?

Myomectomy procedures are often very effective, but it is still possible for fibroids to regrow after removal. When you are young or have multiple fibroids, you are more likely to grow back into fibroids in the future.

Can I get pregnant after a myomectomy?

In the vast majority of cases, pregnancy after a myomectomy is possible. This is precisely why so many women choose myomectomy over hysterectomy.

How long do I need to stay in the hospital after a myomectomy?

Usually, you will be required to stay in the hospital for one to two days after a laparoscopic myomectomy and two to three days after an open myomectomy.

How long is the recovery period after a myomectomy?

For a laparoscopic myomectomy, you will typically be able to return to work and regular activities after two to three weeks. For an open myomectomy, it should take about four to six weeks.

Book an Appointment With Dr Hugo

When it comes to any fertility support, it is crucial to find a fertility clinic that makes you feel safe and comfortable. Approaching a myomectomy can feel daunting, but the process doesn’t have to be frightening. Make everything easier by working with a gynaecologist who will listen to your needs and deliver a treatment solution suited to your unique health needs. Contact Dr Hugo today to speak with a friendly team member, or book your appointment now.   

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