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What is a Laparoscopic Myomectomy?

Myomectomy is the removal of fibroids. This procedure can be performed either Laparoscopically or by an open abdominal incision depending on the position, location and size of the fibroids. This procedure offers a quick recovery time with little stay required following on from the procedure.

Prior to the procedure you will have a consultation, ultrasound scan and a possible MRI scan depending on the clinical circumstances.

What happens following a Laparoscopic Myomectomy?

You will be in hospital for up to 48 hours depending on your recovery rate, before being discharged. There may be discomfort, but your clinical carers will be reducing as much as possible. You may feel tired and experience slight vaginal bleeding.

Rest and general care is required following on from your procedure, and you have a follow up appointment usually around a week after your stay in hospital. If applicable, you should be back in work within 4 weeks.

What is an Abnormal Smear?

Abnormal smears are more than often nothing serious and relate to viruses around the cervix. Most women will pick up a virus during their lifetime with the majority eradicating the virus through natural immunity, if the virus is not defeated then an abnormal smear may be presented.

What happens after an abnormal smear?

If you receive an abnormal smear, then you will either be required to have a repeat smear or come in to see a Gynaecologist to offer a very simple Colposcopy. For treatment, most women require a Large Loop Excision of Transformation Zone under local anaesthesia to the cervix. This is a swift procedure with no pain but some mild discomfort, which involves removing abnormal cells with a wired loop.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is reasonably common however can make pregnancy all the more difficult to obtain. It is when your endometrium is located outside the uterus. There can be swelling and bleeding, along with period pain. This can be detected by examination and treated via Laparoscopy or strategic use of the contraceptive pill creating longer gaps between periods.

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are noncancerous lumps that are found in the uterus and detected by ultrasound scans. They are very common affecting almost half of all women. They can cause heavy periods, bleeding and can be painful if left to grow.

How do you treat Fibroids?

There are a variety of treatments including keyhole surgery, general management, or Uterine Artery Embolisation (the shrinkage of fibroids by blood deprivation)

What are Heavy periods?

Heavy periods are very common, and the definition can differ for everyone depending on their normal circumstance, however generally speaking if you experience clots and more regularly change your protection than usual, then this may relate to heavy periods.

Heavy periods can be caused by Fibroids, Endometriosis or Polycystic ovaries.

Several tests are required before treatment, which can involve the Contraceptive Pill, Medication or the Mirena Coil.




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