Uterine fibroids cause uncomfortable symptoms that make it difficult to participate in daily life. Unfortunately, almost every woman in the United States will deal with fibroids at some point in her lifetime. In fact, it’s estimated that between 70-80% of all women in the United States will develop fibroids by age 50.
If the pain of uterine fibroids has you searching for solutions, Dr. Tajzoy can help. He and his associates use a procedure called a robot-assisted myomectomy to alleviate the symptoms from uterine fibroids and restore balance to your body. Before we discuss how this procedure is done, here are some essentials you need to know about fibroids.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are a kind of tumor that grows in or on a woman’s uterus. They’re usually noncancerous, and the exact reason they form isn’t understood. Fibroids grow as one large tumor or several smaller ones, and can range from the size of an apple seed up to the size of a grapefruit.
Risk factors explained
Anyone can get fibroids. However, there are a few factors that can increase your of developing this type of tumor. Your risk may be higher if:
- You’re over the age of 30, but haven’t experienced menopause
- You’re overweight or obese
- You’re African American
- Your mother struggled with fibroids
- You eat large amounts of ham or red meat
Symptoms of uterine fibroids
Every woman with fibroids will experience a unique set of symptoms depending on the number and location of the tumors. Common symptoms include:
- Pain in your low back or pelvis
- Heavy bleeding that can happen between or during your periods
- Noticeable blood clots
- More severe menstrual cramping than usual
- Feeling like you need to urinate more often
- Pain with intercourse
- Sensation of heaviness or pressure in your low abdomen
- Swelling of your low abdomen
What is a robot-assisted myomectomy?
Sometimes the tumors in your abdomen must be removed. It used to be that having fibroids meant you might need to have a hysterectomy. However, with the advancement of surgical techniques, we can now perform a robot-assisted myomectomy which simply removes only the tumors. This surgical procedure is minimally invasive, which means that the cuts are smaller than with most standard surgeries.
During the surgery, you’ll receive a medication that puts you to sleep. Several small incisions are made on your lower belly. Our doctor places small tools and a tiny camera through cuts to get a good view of the inside of your body. Using a robotic controller, our doctor moves the instruments, making small movements to cut the fibroids from your uterus and remove them. After all of the tumors are removed, the tools are withdrawn, and the incisions are closed.
Do I have to stay in the hospital?
Because this procedure is done with several small incisions, you won’t need to spend the night in the hospital. We’ll send you home with instructions for home care and medications to control your pain.
Full recovery takes about two weeks. During this time you’ll come back to our office for a postoperative check-up to make sure that you’re healing as you should.
Are you ready to learn more about this procedure and find out if you might be a good candidate? Call our Dallas office or book an appointment online to schedule your consultation.