Uterine Fibroid Tumors
Fibroids or myomas are noncancerous tumors of muscle tissue in the uterus. These growths can range in location such as the outer uterine surface (subserosal), within the wall of the uterus (intramural), or in the inner uterine lining (submucosal). Myomas can be asymptomatic, but can also cause menstrual bleeding irregularities and pelvic pain.
Hysteroscopy can be used to advance a small camera and instruments into the uterine cavity to remove submucosal fibroids on the inner uterine lining. This method is done vaginally and avoids making any incisions.
Laparoscopic and Robotic Myomectomy
Laparoscopy, and robotically-assisted laparoscopy, can be used to treat many cases of uterine fibroids, sometimes utilizing a small additional incision at the hairline for cases of some larger fibroids.
Laparoscopic and Robotic Hysterectomy
For women who have completed their families, and who wish a definitive and permanent solution to uterine fibroids and their symptoms, laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy is becoming easier for both surgeon and patient.