Laparoscopic fibroid removal is a minimally invasive procedure to remove uterine fibroids, benign (not cancerous) growths in a woman’s uterus. The procedure can help relieve uterine fibroid symptoms such as abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region, and pressure on the bladder or bowel.
Laparoscopic fibroid removal uses small, specialized surgical instruments inserted through one or more tiny incisions in the abdomen, eliminating the need for traditional open surgery. Patients benefit from shorter hospital stays, if any, less pain, less scarring, fewer complications, faster recovery and faster return to normal activities.
Laparoscopic fibroid removal options include:
Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy – a minimally invasive procedure in which the fibroids are removed but the uterus is left intact, making it an attractive option for women who want to become pregnant. This approach is often used for removing fibroids growing on the outside of the uterus. In some cases, robotic surgical equipment can be used, allowing women with complex conditions – who might otherwise have required open surgery – to have a minimally invasive procedure instead.
Laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomy – a minimally invasive procedure in which the uterus is removed. Fibroids are the most common reason for having a laparoscopic hysterectomy. This fibroid treatment is not for women who want children or who want to preserve their uterus. In some cases, robotic surgical equipment can be used, a procedure known as a da Vinci hysterectomy, allowing women who might otherwise have required open surgery to have a minimally invasive procedure instead.