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Uterine fibroids* are benign (non-cancerous) tumors occurring in at
least one quarter of all women.1 They
can grow underneath the uterine lining, inside the uterine wall, or
outside the uterus.
Many women don’t feel any symptoms with uterine tumors or fibroids.
But for others, these fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding
(also called menorrhagia), abnormal periods, uterine bleeding, pain,
discomfort, frequent urination and infertility.2
Treatments include uterine fibroid embolization – which shrinks
the tumor – and surgery. Surgical treatment for uterine tumors
most often involves the surgeon removing the entire uterus, via hysterectomy.3
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 like myomectomy. Myomectomy is a uterine-preserving
procedure performed to remove uterine fibroids.
Each year, roughly 65,000 myomectomies are performed in the U.S.4 The
conventional approach to myomectomy is open surgery, through a large
abdominal incision.5 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. Menorrhagia is extensive
While myomectomy is also performed laparoscopically, this approach
can be challenging for the surgeon, and may compromise results compared
to open surgery.6 Laparoscopic myomectomies
often take longer than open abdominal myomectomies, and up to 28% are
converted during surgery to an open abdominal incision.7
A new category of minimally invasive myomectomy, da Vinci® Myomectomy,
combines the best of open and laparoscopic surgery. 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.
If you would like to explore whether you are a candidate for myomectomy, ask your doctor.
* Uterine fibroids are also called fibroids, uterine tumors, leiomyomata
(singular – leiomyoma) and myomas or myomata (singular – myoma)