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.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors are skilled in the use of the robotic system for performing surgery to correct problems of women's reproductive (gynecologic) organs.
  • Expertise. Doctors at Mayo Clinic use the latest research results to provide the best treatments for women's reproductive organ disorders.
  • Team approach. Integrated teams of doctors who treat uterine fibroids include gynecologists, gynecologic surgeons and other specialists who can recommend the most appropriate treatment for you.

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Doctors trained in the treatment of women's reproductive organs (gynecologists and gynecologic surgeons), and other professionals as necessary, oversee and perform robotic myomectomies at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in the treatment of women's reproductive organs (gynecologists and gynecologic surgeons), and other professionals as necessary, oversee and perform robotic myomectomies at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in the treatment of women's reproductive organs (gynecologists and gynecologic surgeons), and other professionals as necessary, oversee and perform robotic myomectomies at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

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Mayo Clinic researchers work to improve and develop new treatments for many types of gynecologic conditions.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on myomectomy on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

May 23, 2013