Uterine fibroids aren’t uncommon among women, but when they become too large or too painful, they can wreak havoc on your life, making removal your best option. In these cases, David Martin, MD, at Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists, offers a procedure called a myomectomy. Using the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Martin provides women in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a fertility-preserving alternative for uterine fibroid removal. Simply call the office or use the online scheduling tool to learn more.
Uterine fibroids, which are also called leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus. Many women develop these benign tumors during their lives, but they’re often so small that they don’t cause any problems.
For some women, however, these fibroids can grow to a size where they become problematic, causing symptoms that include:
Through advanced imaging, namely ultrasound, Dr. Martin is able to diagnose the extent of your fibroids in order to determine your next steps.
In the simplest of terms, a myomectomy is a procedure in which Dr. Martin removes the problematic fibroids. Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, including robot-assisted laparoscopy, Dr. Martin is able to remove the fibroid(s), leaving your uterus intact. This ability to selectively remove only what’s necessary can help preserve your fertility.
During your myomectomy, Dr. Martin makes a small incision in your abdomen, through which he threads a camera that gives him a real-time, 3D view of your uterus. Using other small incisions, Dr. Martin uses specialized, robot-assisted tools to break apart and remove your fibroids. By combining his expertise with the precision and accuracy of the robotic arm, which he controls, he’s able to remove the fibroids that are causing your problems, without disrupting the entire area.
And thanks to these minimally invasive techniques, your recovery time and risk of infection are greatly reduced because he only needs to make small incisions instead of the large ones that are necessary for open surgery.
If preserving your fertility is a goal, Dr. Martin does everything possible to avoid a hysterectomy, and with these advanced surgical tools, he’s often successful. In fact, Dr. Martin is able to tackle large leiomyomas more easily through robot-assisted myomectomies.
There are times, however, when this approach may not work. For example, if your fibroids are too large and/or too numerous, blood loss may be a concern, making a hysterectomy the better avenue.
If you’d like to explore whether you’re a candidate for a myomectomy, call Knoxville Gynecologic Cancer Specialists or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.