By Dr. Jayashree Todkar, Laparoscopic Surgeon
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that occur in the reproductive systems of women. The age and the medical history of the woman are factors that influence the cause of these tumors. The chances increase with an increase in age and they are more prevalent in women who are in the later stages of their reproductive life. Uterine fibroids have been linked in recent research to a delay in pregnancy and infertility amongst women. It causes one’s menstrual cycles to become increasingly irregular and painful. It can cause excessive bleeding, bloating and extreme pelvic pain. Treatment for uterine fibroids has been found to enhance fertility.
Laparoscopic fibroid surgery is a common surgical procedure that involves the removal of these uterine fibroids. And physicians’ advice that it be administered before the symptoms become more troublesome and cause complications during pregnancy. Since fibroids grow fast they can deform the uterus making it difficult to carry a baby full term.
A laparoscopic removal of uterine fibroids is a surgical technique by which the benign tumors are removed from the uterus. It is minimally invasive where tiny incisions are made and laparoscopic sutures are used to remove tissue. It allows the surgeon to rule out any malignant tumors and conditions.
Other advantages of Laparoscopy for the treatment of uterine fibroids are-
- The recovery period for a laparoscopic procedure is significantly lower than that of an open surgery. One need spend only a night or two in the hospital for medical attention. One can return to one’s daily activities within a month.
- The surgery is minimally invasive, thereby reducing the chances of both scarring and infections drastically. It also reduces the chances of bleeding and loss of blood.
- A laparoscopy also allows the surgeon to make sure that the fibroids are removed with precision and that there are no chances of a reoccurrence of the tumors. The larger fibroids are divided into smaller pieces and then removed.
- In order to prevent adhesions in the future, laparoscopic procedures involve minimal handling of tissues. This reduces the possibilities of blood clots.
- The removal of uterine fibroids enhances the chances of a successful pregnancy. It is the preferred option for fibroid treatment amongst women who are hoping for a pregnancy. It improves the chances though it cannot guarantee a pregnancy.
The aim of a laparoscopic fibroid surgery is to remove the symptomatic fibroids and preserve the uterine structure. It relives the heavy bleeding and pelvic pressure associated with the menstrual cycle and enhances your fertility and chances of pregnancy.