Myomectomy and Hysterectomy
Fibroids or other gynaecological conditions in some cases can cause patients to consider undergoing a myomectomy (removal of fibroids) or hysterectomy (removal of the womb) as part of their treatment. Both are considered major surgery and it is essential you understand what each procedure involves.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a gynaecological surgery which removes the uterus (womb). Following this operation you will no longer be able to conceive. Also, unless you have already been through the menopause then you will stop having periods too.
A hysterectomy can be performed to treat a number of conditions discussed below and is usually performed after a number of other options have been tried but this will depend upon your individual circumstances. We recognise that every patient has their own unique needs and therefore every treatment plan is specifically devised to address your situation.
Watch Mr Masood talking about the procedure
Conditions Treated with a Hysterectomy
Women have hysterectomies to combat conditions that affect their reproductive system, including:
- pelvic pain or prolapse
- heavy periods
- cancers of the fallopian tubes as well as ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer
Hysterectomies are a major surgery, with a lengthy recover time therefore in a lot of cases less invasive treatments are usually performed before this operation takes place.
With hysterectomies at MAS Gynaecology, we aim to use a laparoscopic approach in order to reduce the stress to the body when undergoing major surgery. This helps to reduce recovery time and pain due to its less invasive nature.
What is a myomectomy?
A myomectomy involves the surgical removal of fibroids or uterine growths from the uterus. Thus relieving discomfort and increasing the chances of conception. It can be considered as an alternate form of treatment to hysterectomy in the case that you may want to conceive after your treatment.
Together with your gynaecologist at MAS you will decide if a myomectomy is suitable for you based on a number of factors. These include the number of fibroids as well as their shape, size and how many there are. Myomectomies are performed under a general anaesthetic and keyhole surgery may be carried out depending on the position of the fibroids.
Like a hysterectomy, following a myomectomy, the recovery time is considered to be quite lengthy. Rest is advised for up to 6 weeks depending upon the specific of your procedure.
MAS Gynaecology offers both hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures privately, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about either. Our professional team will be more than happy to discuss the matter in further detail.