Do you have uterine fibroids that are diminishing your fertility potential or causing pain or excessive bleeding? An easy and affordable treatment option would be to go for myomectomy in India.
Fibroids, also known as myomas, are tumors that are made of muscle and connective tissue and 99 percent of the times they are benign (non-cancerous) growths.
According to the UCLA Health Center, 20-50 percent women in their reproductive years develop fibroid growths.
Your fibroid may be as small as the size of a pea or it could be the size of a softball; usually they are nothing to worry about. A lot of times fibroids go undetected but they cause problems at times and may have to be removed in some cases.
The surgery to remove fibroids from the uterus wall is known as myomectomy. Fibroids sometimes affect blood flow to the uterus and can also block passage through the fallopian tubes. Myomectomy can help to relieve your unwanted symptoms and also to treat your associated fertility problems.
According to Africa Health News, fibroids are more common in African and African American women that in women of other racial backgrounds.
Myomectomy procedure details
There are three difference surgical techniques that may be used to perform myomectomy. The technique that your doctor chooses to use will depend upon the size of your fibroids, where they are located, and the number of fibroids present.
The procedures for each of these techniques are briefly discussed below.
This is classed as a major surgical operation and is performed under general anesthesia.
- A four- to six-inch incision will be made just beneath the pubic hairline
- Your surgeon will then remove the fibroids from your uterus
- The cut will be closed up using several layers of stitches and a sterile wound dressing will be placed over the area
- It takes longer to recover after abdominal myomectomy, and you may need 4-6 weeks for complete recovery
This is a much less invasive surgical procedure than an abdominal myomectomy. It is also performed under general anesthesia.
- Keyhole incisions will be made near to your belly button and a laparoscope will be inserted using these incisions so that the surgeon can see what he is doing
- Instruments to remove the fibroids will then be inserted through the other small incisions
- The fibroids will usually be cut into smaller pieces so that they may be removed through these small incisions.
As this procedure is less invasive, you should have less pain following surgery and recover more quickly.
This technique is used if fibroids are present inside the uterine cavity. It may be performed under general or local anesthesia and is a minimally invasive procedure.
- A thin camera, complete with cutting instruments, will be inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix
- A clear fluid will be passed into the uterus so that the uterus expands and the surgeon has a clearer view
- Your surgeon will then cut the fibroids out in small pieces
- The pieces of fibroids are washed out with the removal of the clear fluid
- Patients experience least discomfort in hysteroscopic myomectomy and the recovery also happens quickly.
Cost of myomectomy in India
Myomectomy is in India costs only a fraction of what is costs in the West. The average cost for the procedure is approximately around $15,000 – $18,000 in the US, €5,000 in Europe, £6,000 in the UK (when performed as a private treatment).
Many people from Africa and middle eastern countries travel to India for fibroid removal surgery.
Myomectomy in India costs between $3,000 and $4,500, at one of our top accredited hospitals. The final cost of your treatment will be decided by the doctor upon reviewing your reports.
To get yourself treated for fibroids and plan an affordable myomectomy in India, get in touch via the form on this page.
Tests required before myomectomy
Fibroids that cause no symptoms may be discovered during a routine pelvic examination or your doctors may order specific tests if they suspect these growths in your uterus.
In addition to your period symptoms and history, and a physical examination, the surgeon will probably ask you get a pelvic ultrasound or a hysterosonogram (HSG).
HSG is done by filling your uterus with saline water and performing a transvaginal ultrasound.
If you have had a difficult period history and heavy, painful menstrual bleeding because of fibroids, you may need a complete blood count (CBC) to check for anaemia.
Hospital stay and recovery after myomectomy
If you need an abdominal myomectomy, this will require you to stay in hospital for around 2-3 days, given that it is a major operation. You will also require 4-6 weeks of recovery time.
If you are able to have either a laparoscopic or hysteroscopic myomectomy, this can often be performed as day surgery. This means that you may be able to go home the same day as the operation, or may stay overnight under observation. The recovery time for these procedures is around 2-3 weeks.
Selecting a hospital for myomectomy in India
Choosing the right clinic and an experienced doctor for myomectomy is very important, which is where we assist you. Infertility Aide is committed to helping patients find the most reliable medical services.
Going to a foreign location for a medical procedure could be unnerving, but you will feel confident once you discuss your case with the surgeon.
It is advisable to carefully check the skills and experience of the surgeon, as well as get some reviews from his previous patients.
What are my chances of a successful pregnancy after myomectomy?
Your chances of having a successful pregnancy should be significantly improved after your myomectomy. However, this surgery does not provide any guarantee that you will successfully conceive.
Following myomectomy, many patients are able to conceive naturally, whilst other patients are able to have a successful pregnancy following IVF treatment.
One research study in particular showed that, following an abdominal myomectomy, 38% of women with primary infertility and 50% with secondary infertility went on to have successful pregnancies.
Depending on the size and location of the myomectomy incisions, you may require a Caesarean section at the end of your pregnancy.
To know more about myomectomy in India and get your surgery plan and quote, get in touch via the form on this page.
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