Myomectomy simply means having fibroids removed. Fibroids are bundles of muscle fibres that grow in the womb. They are virtually always benign (non-cancerous).
If ever possible this operation is done through keyhole surgery. Often due to the size of the fibroids more major surgery is required where, an abdominal (tummy) cut is made, usually along the ‘bikini-line’. The incision may be made vertically if the fibroids are very large. Stitches are often dissolvable and will disappear in about 10 - 14 days. Other types of stitches need to be removed 5 - 7 days after your operation.
Your operation takes up to one hour and immediately afterwards you will be taken to the recovery unit to recover from the anaesthetic, until you are comfortable enough to return to the ward.
Day 1 – First day after your operation
You will still feel sleepy, and may need help with a wash and change of nightwear. If you feel well enough, you will be allowed out of bed for a short time during the day. You will often be taking sips of fluid within a few hours of surgery but may be able to drink freely and even have a light meal by the end of the day as soon as you are well enough. We encourage you to be mobile as soon as possible.
You will be able to walk to the bathroom and you will be encouraged to mobilize. You will be eating and drinking normally. You will usually be seen by the physiotherapist. Most drips / drains will have been removed and we will be planning for home as soon as you are well. With a varied recovery people go home from day 2 onwards.