Got Pelvic Pain? The MyoSure Procedure May Help
Posted bySarah Handzel, BSN, RN
If you’ve been to your doctor because of pelvic pain, he or she may have diagnosed you with fibroids, polyps or other tissue abnormalities in your uterus. These conditions might lead to a variety of symptoms that increase your pain and cause heavy or abnormal periods. If the next step in your treatment involves removing your fibroids or polyps, the MyoSure procedure is an option that may help. Be sure to discuss it with your doctor, who can help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
What’s the Procedure Like?
The MyoSure system is a way for doctors to remove unwanted tissue from your uterus safely and quickly. There aren’t any cuts made into your skin, and you don’t have to worry about general anesthesia. The procedure is pretty quick — it’s usually over in about 30 minutes — and it doesn’t have to be performed in a hospital. Patients who undergo the MyoSure procedure also usually recover quickly.
The risk of complications is extremely low, only about 2 percent.1 The MyoSure procedure may be a good choice if you still want to have children. Your uterus remains intact—all that’s gone is that unwanted fibroid or polyp.
How Does It Work?
The procedure itself involves three simple steps. First, your doctor will open your cervix in order to pass a small, slender camera into your uterus. This allows your doctor to see inside your uterus and locate any fibroids or polyps. After the camera is inserted, your doctor will pass an additional wand through your cervix that will allow him/her to cut the unwanted tissue into small, easily removable pieces. The wand then suctions these pieces out of your uterus. Once all the tissue has been removed, your doctor will take the wand and camera out of your uterus. There is nothing left in your body once the MyoSure procedure is finished.2
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Many women with pelvic pain caused by fibroids or polyps can benefit from this procedure. Also, if heavy or long-lasting periods are a result of these growths, the procedure might be a good choice when discussing treatment options with your doctor. You’re also a good candidate if your pain and bleeding aren’t caused by more serious medical conditions, like a pelvic infection or cancer. If you’re not pregnant, and if you don’t have other medical conditions that might prevent the MyoSure device from operating properly, like a narrow cervix, you could be a good candidate for the procedure. Ultimately only you and your doctor can decide if the procedure is right for you after discussing all the benefits and risks.
You don’t have to suffer with pelvic pain and bleeding caused by uterine fibroids or polyps. Talk to your doctor about options like the MyoSure procedure that may reduce your menstrual bleeding, and preserve your options for becoming pregnant in the future.
1 Emanuel MH, Wamsteker K, Hart AA, Metz G, Lammes FB, Long-term results of hysteroscopic myomectomy for abnormal uterine bleeding. Obstet Gynecol. 1999;93:743-748 (II-2).
2Steps of the MyoSure procedure. Hologic, Inc. http://www.myosure.com/patients/what-myosure-system
- Posted by Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN
- On January 18, 2017