Published: Jan. 3, 2012
Updated: Jan. 3, 2012
Filip: No. Several minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures are now available, enabling many women with uterine fibroids to forego the traditional surgical treatments -- hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and myomectomy (excision of individual fibroids) -- and reduce their recovery time, risk of complications, and pain.
These leading-edge procedures include:
Sobolewski: It doesn’t have to be. Nowadays, hysterectomies can be performed laparoscopically in many cases.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are done with a tiny camera and slender surgical instruments inserted through an approximately three-fourths-inch incision made inside or very near the patient’s belly button.
This minimally invasive approach reduces the pain, complication risk, and downtime associated with traditional open surgery, and the miniscule scar is virtually invisible.