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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a myomectomy?

A myomectomy is surgery to remove one or more myomas from your uterus. Myomas are also called fibroids or leiomyomas. A myomectomy can be done in several ways. Your surgeon will talk to you about the best way for you. This may depend on your age, health, how many fibroids you have, and where they are located.

Uterine Fibroid

How do I prepare for a myomectomy?

What will happen during a myomectomy?

What should I expect after a myomectomy?

You may be able to go home the same day, or you may need to stay in the hospital. Depending on the type of procedure of surgery you had, you may have mild cramping or pain. You may have 1 large scar or a few small scars if you had a laparoscopic or open procedure. Scars should fade over time. You may also have some spotting. This usually lasts a few days, but it is normal for spotting to last up to 6 weeks.

What are the risks of a myomectomy?

You may get an infection in your wound. Your bowel, blood vessels, or uterus may be damaged. You may bleed more than expected and need a blood transfusion or a hysterectomy (surgery to remove your uterus). If you have a hysterectomy, you cannot get pregnant. After surgery, you may have trouble urinating or having a bowel movement. You may get fibroids again, even if your surgery is successful. You may have scar tissue that causes pain or makes it harder for you to get pregnant. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. This may become life-threatening.

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