While hysterectomy is a proven way to resolve fibroids, it may not be the best surgical treatment for every woman. If, for example, you hope to later become pregnant, you may want to consider alternatives to hysterectomy such as myomectomy. Myomectomy is a uterine-preserving procedure performed to remove uterine fibroids.
The conventional approach to myomectomy is open surgery through a large abdominal incision. After cutting around and removing each uterine fibroid, the surgeon must carefully repair the uterine wall to minimize potential uterine bleeding, infection and scarring. Proper repair is also critical to reducing the risk of uterine rupture during future pregnancies.
While myomectomy is also performed laparoscopically, this approach can be challenging for the surgeon, and it may compromise results compared to open surgery. Laparoscopic myomectomies often take longer than open abdominal myomectomies, and up to 28% are converted to an open abdominal incision during surgery.
A new category of minimally invasive myomectomy, da Vinci® myomectomy, combines the best of open and laparoscopic surgeries. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System - the latest evolution in robotics technology— surgeons may remove uterine fibroids through small incisions with unmatched precision and control.
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