Fibroids can be removed through a form of minimally invasive, laparoscopic outpatient surgery that uses radiofrequency ablation. Laparoscopic surgery is often called “band aid surgery” because it consists of only two tiny incisions. This fibroid treatment destroys fibroids using a small needle through a technology known as radio frequency ablation. The surrounding tissue is unaffected while the destroyed tissue is reabsorbed. This minimally invasive procedure is performed under general anesthesia. This specific fibroid treatment targets only the fibroids, preserving the uterus.
Allows for rapid recovery
Once they have recovered from the anesthesia, patients typically go home on the same day as their surgery. They typically take mild anti-inflammatories after the procedure and can return to work within three to five days.
Has a low rate of recurrence
By treating all of the fibroids, there is little chance that the symptoms will recur again. Once the fibroid is eliminated, it is not likely that it will grow back. In fact, there have been a very low number of patients that have required further treatment following this procedure.
Alternative to a hysterectomy
Physicians often recommend that women with fibroids get hysterectomies, which is a complete removal of the uterus. But hysterectomies aren’t always necessary. Hysterectomies remove the uterus and often lead to complications, which include increased pain and long recovery times. Outpatient surgery removes the individual fibroids without having to remove the uterus.
Undergoing surgery can be a frightening experience. To prepare one’s body for outpatient surgery, it’s a good idea to stop smoking and/or drinking, exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced diet. Whichever method a woman chooses to treat fibroids, it should be one that is safe, effective and improves the quality of life.