Minimally invasive surgery for removal of uterine fibroids
Surgical options for a fresh start
If you are suffering from uterine fibroids — also known as myomas, leiomyomas or fibromas — and your doctor has recommended surgery, we may be able to help.
At Sharp, we offer minimally invasive surgeries for the removal of uterine fibroids. Performed without incisions, or through a few small incisions, these procedures result in less pain and scarring and can swiftly give you renewed strength and vitality.
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Benefits of minimally invasive surgery
Compared to traditional "open" surgery, the benefits of minimally invasive surgery may include:
Significantly less pain
Less blood loss
Less risk of infection
Shorter recovery time
Quicker return to normal activities
Symptoms of uterine fibroids
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Prolonged menstrual periods lasting seven days or more
Our minimally invasive procedures for fibroid removal
Hysteroscopy is a technique used to examine the inside of the uterus. The hysteroscope is a thin instrument with a lens, light source and camera attached to one end that is inserted into the vagina and through the cervix. This allows for very careful and thorough examination of the uterus.
A laparoscope, used in laparoscopy procedures, consists of a long, slender lens with a miniature camera attached to it. The laparoscope is most often inserted through the bellybutton since it provides the shortest distance from the skin to the inside of the abdomen and will easily hide the scar. Two to three additional small incisions allow for insertion of other delicate surgical instruments, which provide the surgeon with dexterity, precision and control.
Robotic-assisted surgery for fibroids is especially promising for women who would like to have children in the future. Robotic surgery uses state-of-the-art technology that allows the surgeon's hand movements to translate into extremely precise movements within the operative site. The magnified, three-dimensional view and tiny robotic instruments enhance the surgeon's ability to perform complex procedures through small incisions.
Vaginal-approach surgery allow for surgical intervention without incisions in the abdomen by performing the procedure directly through the vagina.
We love what we do and it shows
Our women's services change lives every single day. We've seen active lifestyles reborn after gynecologic surgery — and tough female health conditions treated quickly with fast recoveries. We offer the very best in nationally recognized procedures, technology and care teams, ensuring the personalized, exceptional experience you've come to expect from Sharp.
You don't have far to go
We offer minimally invasive surgery close to home at the following Sharp hospitals:
Learn more about minimally invasive women's surgery at Sharp
For more information about Sharp's women's surgery services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego OBGYN or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm.