Robotic myomectomy is a minimally invasive way for surgeons to remove your uterine fibroids. You and your doctor can discuss your treatment options. Possible advantages of robotic myomectomy are that you'll likely have less pain, lose less blood and return to normal activities more quickly than you might after traditional open surgery. Mayo Clinic surgeons also conduct many other robot-assisted procedures.

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After you meet with your Mayo Clinic doctor, you may have additional 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 determine whether robotic myomectomy is a good choice for you.

Your doctor may recommend robotic myomectomy if you have:

  • Surgical scars or an anatomical irregularity, or you need more complicated surgery for another reason. The robotic system gives your surgeon a magnified, 3-D view of your uterus. This 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.
  • Uterine fibroids that 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 two to three weeks, you'll need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Your doctor may encourage walking or other light exercise. Your doctor can tell you when it's all right to start driving a car, resuming sexual intercourse and trying to get pregnant.

May 23, 2013