Is It Right for Me?
- May reduce heavy bleeding associated with fibroids or polyps
- Only removes targeted tissue in your uterus
- May be a treatment option for patients with infertility associated with unwanted tissue in the uterus
- A minimally invasive procedure with a quick recovery time
Here's why you can feel comfortable if your doctor has recommended the MyoSure procedure:
- You're in good company: One study shows that over 97% of women who have had the MyoSure procedure performed are likely to recommend the procedure to a friend.1
- Quick procedure: It is typically an outpatient procedure - you can go home the same day.
- Preserve what matters most: fibroids and polyps can be removed while preserving uterine form and function
Talk to Your Doctor About the MyoSure Procedure
If you have heavy periods, then you should discuss treatment options with your doctor.
Once your doctor has diagnosed your heavy bleeding or other symptoms—and fibroids or polyps are the culprit—it's time to get specific. Here are some questions you can ask your physician to learn more about your individual case:
- How many fibroids or polyps do I have?
- What size are my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)? Where are they located?
- How quickly have they grown? (Ask this if you have already been diagnosed and are returning for another appointment.)
- Can I tell if the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) are growing larger? If so, how?
- What problems can they cause?
- What tests or imaging studies do you recommend for tracking the growth of my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)?
- If they become a problem, what treatment options do you suggest?
Treatment Options and Recovery Time
Just learned that you have fibroids or polyps? Rest assured; there are many treatment options available.
Like many women, you may not need any treatment—at least for now. Instead, your doctor may suggest monitoring the size of your fibroids or polyps, while you track to see if your symptoms change. Do you notice that your period is becoming unusually heavy? Are you having increased pelvic pain? Looking to get pregnant, but no success? If you are experiencing these or other symptoms, you may want to talk to your doctor about moving onto a more aggressive course of action.
There are certain types of hormonal medications, such as progestins and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, that can shrink a fibroid or polyp and lessen your symptoms. But keep in mind that taking such medications is usually a short-term solution. You may find that your symptoms come back when you stop taking the medicine. Taking a birth control pill may help lessen your heavy bleeding.
Removing uterine fibroids is called a myomectomy, while removing polyps is called a polypectomy. Depending on where the fibroids or polyps are located, your doctor may choose one of the following:
Hysteroscopic myomectomy or polypectomy—less invasive: These simple procedures can remove unwanted tissue without any incisions—and without having to remove your uterus altogether (a hysterectomy)—for example, the MyoSure procedure.
Recovery time: One of the biggest advantages of having the MyoSure procedure is its short recovery time—you can usually resume normal activity in a few days. Plus the procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis; you can return home the same day.
Laparoscopic myomectomy—more invasive: The surgeon makes a small incision by the belly button and uses surgical instruments to remove the fibroid.
Recovery time: After laparoscopic myomectomy, women usually return to normal activity within 10 to 14 days.2
1. McIlwaine P, McElhinney B, Karthigasu KA, Hart R, A Prospective Study of the Use of the MyoSure Resectoscope to Manage Endometrial Polyps in an Outpatient Setting. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. October 2015 2. http://www.uterine-fibroids.org/laparoscopic-myomectomy.html