Pain from fibroids in the female reproductive system does not have to plague you for life.
At Marina OB/GYN, our doctors may suggest uterine fibroid removal with myomectomy for women that are eligible for the procedure. We specialize in the least invasive treatment methods, such as the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System, to promote better patient outcomes and minimize myomectomy scarring with the latest technology.
A myomectomy, also known as a uterine myomectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes fibroids while ensuring that the uterus is kept intact. It is unlike fibroid removal with a more extensive partial or full hysterectomy since a hysterectomy procedure involves the removal of the uterus and potentially other female reproductive organs as well.
A myomectomy, by comparison, only removes the fibroids, while leaving the organs intact. Therefore, it is possible to give birth after having myomectomy fibroid removal — something that is not possible after a hysterectomy.
Because it is a less invasive treatment option, the providers at Marina OB/GYN favor a conservative approach when medically appropriate. We do not want patients to undergo extensive medical procedures that might prove unnecessary when the fibroids may be successfully treated without resorting to uterus removal or hindering a woman’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
Few West Los Angeles gynecologists have the same skill or experience with the da Vinci robot-assisted myomectomy as the physicians at Marina OB/GYN. In fact, our own Dr. Jamie Lipeles trains other surgeons on how to perform robotic surgery.
He performs several da Vinci surgeries each week, so you can rest assured that you are in the best hands when you come in for uterine fibroid surgery. Marina OB/GYN is conveniently located in Marina Del Rey, California. We also serve women in surrounding areas such as Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Culver City, Hawthorne, and the greater South Bay area that are considering myomectomy.
Uterine fibroids, which are medically known as leiomyomas or myomas, are tumors that grow in the uterine wall, also called the womb. While that may sound alarming, it puts many women at ease to know that uterine fibroids are generally benign (noncancerous). They tend to be small in size; however, some women develop multiple uterine fibroids or large fibroids that can be similar in size to an apple or orange in rare cases.
Uterine fibroids may develop as a result of aging, genetics, ethnic background, being overweight (obesity), and a family history of women with uterine fibroids. For example, patients with a mother that had uterine fibroids are said to be nearly 3 times as likely to develop them at some point in life.
The incidence of uterine fibroids is also more common in African American women. While there are many underlying factors at play in the development of fibroids, some women get them even in the absence of the aforementioned risk factors.
Not all uterine fibroids need to be treated. Fibroids are often harmless and in some cases, go away on their own. Many women have no symptoms at all, and thus, do not require treatment.
For a percentage of women, however, fibroids can lead to symptoms that can disrupt their quality of life. Uterine fibroid symptoms can result in heavy bleeding, feeling full, the onset of anemia, pain, or fullness in the lower abdomen, lower back pain, and/or bladder stress that causes frequent urination. These symptoms often lead women to make a gynecologist visit, which may use imaging to detect uterine fibroids.
If the fibroids require treatment, then your provider may recommend a myomectomy to surgically remove them. Alternative procedures include a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Our doctors will discuss each treatment with you so that you can make an informed decision about the best way to treat your particular uterine fibroids.
At Marina OB/GYN, our women’s health providers are among a small number of physicians that can perform myomectomy with robot-assisted surgery.
Controlling the tiny robotic device from a nearby computer, the da Vinci Robotic myomectomy procedure allows our surgeons to remove uterine fibroids with tiny incisions. Doing so reduces greatly the size of myomectomy scars, lowers the risk of infection and blood loss, speeds myomectomy recovery time, and reduces post-op myomectomy pain compared to open surgical methods.
Using the da Vinci System, our highly trained West Los Angeles myomectomy surgeons reduce nearby tissue damage substantially during the removal of uterine fibroids. Once the fibroids are removed, our patients can go on to live healthier lives without persistent pain from uterine fibroids.
To learn more about your uterine fibroid removal options with a provider at Marina OB/GYN, please call our office or book an appointment using the easy online booking system.