A hysterectomy requires the complete removal of the uterus,This is the most common treatment for uterine fibroids is as it guarantees fibroids will not come back.
You may consider this option if you:
- Have very large fibroids
- Aren't a candidate for myomectomy, MR-guided focused ultrasound therapy or uterine artery embolization
- No longer wish to have children
Hysterectomy may be done through:
- Traditional laparoscopic surgery: one to four weeks of recovery time
- Abdominal surgery: four to eight weeks of recovery time
- Vaginal surgery: three to for weeks of recovery time
Hysterectomy is a major surgery, and you can expect a one to three days stay in the hospital, depending on the type of surgery.
A hysterectomy prior to menopause may include side effects, such as:
- Early menopausal symptoms
- Urinary disorders
- Earlier onset of osteoporosis
Women with fibroids in hard-to-reach locations within the uterus may also benefit from laparoscopic surgery performed with the da Vinci robot. This is an innovative tool that provides surgeons with enhanced dexterity.