Frequently Asked Questions - Surgical Services
Fibroid tumors grow in the uterus. Most are benign, but very rarely they can be malignant. Symptoms can include pelvic pain, increased menstrual flow, infertility, constipation and bloating.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. It ranges from hysteroscopic removal to laparoscopic procedures where the fibroid is destroyed, to a more traditional surgical approach where an incision is made and the fibroid is removed.
Hysterectomies are performed to treat a variety of conditions including symptomatic fibroids, heavy menses, prolapse, various cancers of the reproductive organs, severe endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. It is sometimes recommended for patients as a preventive measure if they have a strong family history of reproductive organ cancers.
A hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure used to evaluate and possibly treat the cause of abnormal bleeding or possible abnormalities in your uterus. Your doctor inserts a very thin sterile telescopic device attached to a camera through the cervix and into the uterus so she can see if there are any growths or abnormalities. It is performed along with a D&C.
Known as a "D&C", this procedure is used to obtain a sample of the lining of the uterus for examination. The cervix is dilated and the lining of the uterus is gently scraped with an instrument known as a curette. This is sometimes done to complete a miscarriage.