Questions To Ask Before Fibroid Surgery
9 Questions to Ask About Fibroids To Your Doctor
A recent fibroid diagnosis can be overwhelming. Women often feel rushed into surgery with very little consideration given to alternative treatment options. We’re here to tell you that you do have options when it comes to your fibroid treatment, but you also have trade offs to consider. Know the common questions to ask about fibroid surgery. How invasive is the procedure? How long will I need to recover before I can go back to work? Will I be able to get pregnant afterwards? Can fibroids come back after being removed? The answers to these questions will vary depending on the treatment approach that you choose.
Before you go under the knife you should make sure that you understand the full impact of the fibroid surgery being offered to you. It’s also critical that you communicate your expectations with your doctor so that they can help you get to the treatment that makes the most sense for you. To help you navigate your options, our Fibroid Specialists have prepared this list of 9 questions to ask your doctor before you undergo fibroid removal surgery.
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(1) How is a Fibroid Removed in the Fibroid Surgery?
The exact technique that your surgeon is going to use is important because different techniques have different outcomes. How long your recovery will take, whether or not you’ll be able to get pregnant afterwards, and post-operative scarring are just a few of the outcomes that vary depending on the approach used by your surgeon.
Fibroid removal surgery could mean the complete removal of the uterus. This approach is called a hysterectomy. Fibroid removal surgery could also mean the targeted removal of the fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. This approach is called a myomectomy. Hysterectomies and myomectomies can be done through one large incision across the abdomen, through multiple small incisions laparoscopically, or entirely through the vagina. Even within these very different techniques, there’s a great deal of variation in how your surgery can go, so it’s critical to understand exactly what procedure you’re getting.
(2) Will I have a Fibroid Surgery Scar?
Post-operative scars are a very real concern for many women undergoing fibroid surgery. Depending on the surgical technique used, women may end up with no scars (vaginal approach), multiple small scars (laparoscopic approach), or one large scar (abdominal approach). Scars can be permanent, so it’s important to be comfortable with the incisions you’ll get before you decide that fibroid surgery is right for you.
(3) Will I Be Hospitalized After Fibroid Surgery?
(4) How Long Is Fibroid Surgery Recovery Time?
Like other outcomes, fibroid surgery recovery time varies by technique. Most women that undergo fibroid removal surgery can expect a minimum recovery period of about 2 weeks before they’re able to fully resume normal strenuous activities like work and exercise. But a full recovery for some can take as long as 6 weeks. It’s important to get a more specific estimate from your surgeon, as you’ll likely want to plan your busy life around your recovery and understand when everything will get back to normal.
(5) Are There Any Side Effects of Fibroid Surgery?
(6) Can Fibroids Come Back After Being Removed?
Some women are surprised to learn that fibroids can ‘come back’ after myomectomy. Fibroids that are incompletely excised can regrow, or brand new fibroids can develop into sizes that cause symptoms to return. In medicine, this phenomenon is often called ‘recurrence.’ With hysterectomy, however, recurrence is not possible because the entire uterus is removed, so you’ll be fibroid free for the rest of your life.
(7) Will I Need Another Fibroid Surgery Operation Later?
(8) Will I Be Able To Get Pregnant After Fibroid Surgery?
(9) What Other Fibroid Treatment Options Are There?
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When it comes to fibroid treatment, we believe that less is more. A less invasive procedure means less trauma, less risk, and shorter recovery time. Learn more about why we opt for UFE, the least invasive treatment for uterine fibroids.
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