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A myomectomy is a procedure that removes uterine fibroids but does not remove the uterus. This is a good option for women who wish to become pregnant later on.

There are three ways to do a myomectomy.

  • Laparotomy, which removes fibroids through an abdominal incision
  • Laparoscopy, which takes the fibroids out through the instrument that also is used to view them
  • Hysteroscopy, a procedure done with an instrument inserted through the vagina

There is a small risk that the procedure can cause internal scarring that may lead to infertility. Fibroids may reappear after surgery, and further surgery is required in 20 to 40 percent of all cases.

Read more about uterine fibroids.

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