After you meet with your Mayo Clinic doctor, you may have additional physical exams and imaging tests. If you need to have uterine fibroids removed but want to remain fertile and limit visible scarring, the exams and tests can help you and your treatment team determine whether robotic myomectomy is a good choice for you.
If you have surgical scars or an anatomical irregularity or if you need more complicated surgery for some other reason, your doctor may recommend robotic myomectomy. The robotic system gives your surgeon a magnified, 3-D view of your uterus. This view helps your doctor to remove your uterine fibroids and repair your uterine muscle with more precision, flexibility and dexterity than is possible using some other techniques.
If your uterine fibroids cause chronic pain or heavy bleeding, robotic myomectomy may be a safe, effective way to get relief. The procedure won't prevent new fibroids from developing, though, so your doctor will probably recommend follow-up exams to see whether you have developed new fibroids.
After a robotic myomectomy, you may stay in the hospital for one or more nights. Your treatment team will observe your condition while you're in the hospital, control your pain and make sure you're comfortable. You may also get medicine to prevent infection. You can expect some vaginal bleeding for several days after the procedure.
During your recovery, which typically lasts about six weeks, you'll need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Your doctor may encourage walking or other light exercise. Your doctor will tell you when driving a car, resuming sexual intercourse and trying to get pregnant are appropriate.