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Infection After a Myomectomy

Despite the current sterile techniques that are used for all surgeries, infections can occur. The seriousness and subsequent treatment options will vary, depending upon the location.
Infections after a myomectomy can range from very minor, which only need to be treated with antibiotics, to very major, requiring surgery. For example, skin infections occur in about 1 out of 100 procedures and usually take a few days to occur. Internal infections, which are rare, are more serious.
In most cases, internal infections require hospitalization and IV antibiotics and, in rare cases, a repeat surgery. Infection after a myomectomy can increase your likelihood of developing adhesions, which can cause pain and increase your risk for a bowel obstruction.
Life-threatening complications are a very rare occurrence. If an infection does develop, your doctor will discuss the treatment options and expected outcomes with you.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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