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A myomectomy, or removal of an abnormal muscular growth, is a procedure commonly used to remove fibroids from the uterus. This is a major surgery, with risks similar to a hysterectomy. Following this procedure, most women experience some improvement in their symptoms. However, because pelvic pain and discomfort can be symptoms of other gynecologic disorders, this relief may be limited and symptoms may return at a future date.

What Is Myomectomy?

An abdominal myomectomy is a procedure that is used to remove abnormal muscular growths, called uterine fibroids, from the uterus and improve fibroid symptoms. Although the results of a myomectomy can vary, most women experience some improvement in their symptoms after the surgery.

Preparing for the Procedure

Myomectomy is usually performed on an inpatient basis, which means that you will stay in the hospital after the procedure. For your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your myomectomy, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
(Click Preparing for a Myomectomy for more information.)

Types of Anesthesia Used for a Myomectomy

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a myomectomy. The two most common types of myomectomy anesthesia used are spinal and general anesthesia.
(For a closer look at the types of anesthesia that may be used, click Myomectomy Anesthesia.) 
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