For many women, fibroids are not a huge problem. However, for some uterine fibroids are associated with painful and distressing symptoms. Even though medical treatments are available, they only control some of the symptoms and don't get rid of the fibroids completely.

For permanent relief, surgical removal of the fibroids should be considered.

A number of different surgical procedures are available. Our consultants will be able to discuss all the options with you, including their benefits and associated risks.

The surgical procedures for fibroids are outlined below (click on each for more information):

Laparoscopic myomectomy

A laparoscopic myomectomy is an operation to remove fibroids from the wall of the uterus (womb). A laparoscopic myomectomy involves making small incisions (cuts) in the stomach, through which the fibroids are removed. This type of surgery is known as keyhole surgery.

Myomectomy is particularly attractive to women who still wish to have children.

A laparoscopic myomectomy may not always be possible, as it will depends on individual circumstances, such as the size, number and position of the fibroids.

Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids

A hysteroscopic resection of fibroids  is a procedure of removing sumucosal fibroids (fibroids that grow inside of the uterus) through vagina using an instrument called a hysteroscope.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb. It may be considered in women with large fibroids or severe bleeding who completed their family. A hysterectomy is the best way of preventing fibroids re-occuring.

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Large fibroid on the back wall of the uterus