Desert Hills Care Center
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Southwest Las Vegas, NV
If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, infertility, or other unpleasant symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, simple surgical solutions are within reach at Desert Hills Care Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Board-certified OB/GYN Helard Ballon-Hennings, MD, FACOG, and his experienced team offer myomectomy (fibroid removal) to reduce unpleasant symptoms and your risk of complications. Book an appointment by phone or online today.
Myomectomy Q & A
What is a myomectomy?
Myomectomy, also referred to as uterine fibroid removal, is a common procedure in which Dr. Ballon-Hennings removes noncancerous growths that appear on your uterus. He might recommend you undergo myomectomy if you experience unpleasant symptoms associated with fibroids or the fibroids interfere with your ability to get pregnant.
Why would I need a myomectomy?
If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms of uterine fibroids and desire relief, Dr. Ballon-Hennings may recommend you undergo a myomectomy:
- Menstrual periods lasting more than a week
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urination
- Leg pain
Fibroids can also cause problems during pregnancy, increasing your risk of miscarriage, placental abruption, preterm delivery, and fetal growth restriction.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
To get ready for a myomectomy, Dr. Ballon-Hennings might recommend you stop taking certain medications. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and don’t eat or drink anything the morning of your appointment.
What happens during a myomectomy?
Dr. Ballon-Hennings uses minimally invasive procedures to remove fibroids, including:
With a robotic myomectomy, Dr. Ballon-Hennings employs state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic technology to make tiny incisions and remove fibroids, resulting in minimal bleeding, reduced recovery times, and a lower risk of complications. There are also cosmetic benefits, as the tiny incisions lead to smaller and fewer scars.
If you have submucosal fibroids, which are smaller fibroids that can bulge into your uterus, Dr. Ballon-Hennings may complete a hysteroscopic myomectomy. He can access and remove fibroids by inserting a tiny, lighted instrument through your vagina and cervix.
What should I expect after the procedure?
After a myomectomy, you might go home the same day or stay a night or two at a surgery center. Have someone drive you home and assist you during your recovery. Get plenty of rest, take medications as directed, and avoid strenuous physical activity and sexual intercourse until Dr. Ballon-Hennings gives you the OK.
You might experience light bleeding for several days or weeks. After a period of healing, expect symptom relief and fertility improvement. If you develop fibroids in the future, Dr. Ballon-Hennings can discuss treatment options with you.
Don’t live with uterine fibroids that cause unpleasant symptoms or prevent you from getting pregnant. Schedule an appointment with Desert Hills Care Center by phone or online to find out if a myomectomy is right for you.