MyoSure Q & A
Did you know that July is Fibroid Awareness Month? If you have intrauterine fibroids, you know the drill – they can cause anything from minor discomfort to painful, heavy periods that can really interfere with your life. Most women with fibroids require no treatment at all, you may just need to wait, always keeping your doctor informed of any increase in symptoms.
First of all, what is MyoSure?
MyoSure is a three step outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes and because there are no cuts or incisions in the skin, your uterus form and function are retained. The first step involves the doctor opening the cervix slightly by passing through your vagina to insert a slender camera through your cervix and into your uterus, allowing him or her to see inside. Next, your doctor passes a slender wand through your vagina into your uterus. The side of the wand cuts the fibroid into tiny pieces and suctions the removed tissue through a small open window into the wand and out of your body. Finally, once the fibroid is removed, the wand and camera are also removed. Nothing is left behind in your body.
How do I know if the procedure is a good fit for me?
Talking to your doctor is always the first step in deciding on treatment paths for any condition. If your doctor rules out more serious causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, you may be a good candidate for the MyoSure procedure. If you’re pregnant, have pelvic inflammation, previously diagnosed endometrial cancer, are exhibiting pelvic infection or have cervical malignancies, the procedure is not appropriate for you.
What kind of recovery can I expect?
After the procedure, some women may experience cramping, mild pain, nausea and/or vomiting. Most women can resume normal activities within a few days. Be sure to follow any instructions from your doctor, no matter how good you’re feeling and to always contact your doctor if you have concerns. For more information on symptoms to keep an eye out for, visit the FAQ page.
How will I know if the procedure is effective in helping with my heavy periods?
In myomectomy procedures, the overall effectiveness for reducing heavy bleeding caused by pathology is greater than 90% and has a recurrence rate of less than 10% at 2 years.(1)
However, every woman is different. Plan to give your body about three months to fully heal on the inside and resume its normal cycle. Then, you and your doctor should be able to tell what your cycle and your periods will be like.
What are the risks and benefits of the MyoSure procedure?
All treatment options for intrauterine pathologies have benefits, warnings, precautions, and risks. Before making a final decision, you should discuss these with your doctor.
The MyoSure hysteroscopic tissue removal system is intended for hysteroscopic intrauterine procedures by trained gynecologists to resect and remove tissue including submucous myomas, endometrial polyps and retained products of conception. It is not appropriate for patients who are or may be pregnant, or are exhibiting pelvic infection, cervical malignancies or previously diagnosed endometrial cancer.
Now more than ever, there’s help available for heavy periods caused by polyps and fibroids. Are you ready to make a change or to chat about the issues you’re experiencing? Find resources and even a team of women ready and willing to answer your questions at Change the Cycle.
The MyoSure hysteroscopic tissue removal system is intended for hysteroscopic intrauterine procedures by trained gynecologists to resect and remove tissue including submucous myomas, endometrial polyps and retained products of conception. It is not appropriate for patients who are or may be pregnant, or are exhibiting pelvic infection, cervical malignancies or previously diagnosed uterine cancer.
Emanuel MH, Wamsteker K, Hart AA, Metz G, Lammes FB, Long-term results of hysteroscopic myomectomy for abnormal uterine Obstet Gynecol. 1999;93:743-748 (II-2).
- Posted by holx-admin
- On June 29, 2016