Myosure Fibroid and Polyp Removal Procedure

Uterine fibroids and polyps can form on the tissue of your uterine. If left untreated, they can cause infertility, abdominal pain, irregular bleeding and lengthy, heavy periods. In the past, treatment included hysterectomy, but today, there are better, faster and cheaper alternatives, including the Hologic Myosure tissue removal system.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009, the Myosure procedure safely removes fibroids and polyps without cutting your skin or subjecting you to general anesthesia. Best of all, the procedure can be performed in your Port St. Lucie gynecologist’s office, usually within a half hour. The result leaves your uterus intact while resolving the causes of your symptoms.

Symptoms of Polyps vs Fibroids

Most women know what a polyp is if they know anyone who’s been through a colonoscopy. Polyps are excess tissue that sprouts from the inner lining of your uterus. Like polyps in your colon, these polyps form small oval or round balloons, attached to the uterine lining by a thin stem. They don’t get bigger than a golf ball and are usually much smaller. Most often, they appear in older women who have reached a postmenopausal or perimenopausal age.

Fibroids, on the other hand, are composed of hard muscle that grows from your uterine muscular layer. If you’re feeling abdominal pain and heavy periods, you may have uterine fibroids, since polyps aren’t known to cause much pain. And while fibroids can stay small, they can become much bigger than polyps — as large as a watermelon.

Both fibroids and polyps form from hormonal imbalances. Both interfere with conception, similar to an intrauterine device. Fibroids often cause pain while polyps often lead to bleeding and spotting. But both can be removed using the Hologic Myosure procedure.

Removing Uterine Growths

The Myosure tissue removal system represents a leap forward for removing polyps and fibroids from your uterus. It’s a smaller tool, which requires less dilation, increases precision, and eliminates the need for general anesthesia. Your gynecologist or gynecology Port St. Lucie surgeon can perform the procedure in the office without a hospital visit. The entire process can take as little as 30 minutes.

Using the Hologic Myosure system, your gynecologist removes the tissue that has been causing you pain and bleeding. Your doctor doesn’t need to cut through your skin anywhere, and a local anesthetic suffices for controlling any pain. The procedure leaves your uterus intact and doesn’t disrupt your menstrual cycle or your hormone production. It’s safe, fast and usually successful at removing uterine growths.

WHS Gynecologist in Port St. Lucie follows three steps to complete the procedure:

  • Doctor inserts a tiny camera through your vagina, past your cervix and into your uterus.
  • Using the images from the camera, your gynecologist then inserts a thin tool into your uterus that cuts away the polyps and fibroids found there. The cut tissue is suctioned away.
  • Doctor inspects your uterus to ensure that there are no polyps or fibroids remaining. Then the performing surgeon withdraws the tool and camera.

Candidates for the Myosure Procedure

The starting point is getting an accurate diagnosis. If your gynecologist can rule out other causes of your abnormal bleeding or abdominal pain, a Myosure procedure could be right for you. Before you commit to it, though, consider these factors:

1. Don’t have the procedure if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have or have had any type of uterine cancer
  • Currently have a pelvic infection
  • Are allergic or intolerant to the anesthesia
  • Suffer from cervical stenosis

2. You must be able to distend your uterus.
3. If you’ve perforated your uterus, don’t undergo this procedure.

Benefits of the Hologic Myosure System

The Myosure tissue removal system lets your gynecologist perform a myomectomy to remove fibroids and/or a polypectomy to remove polyps from your uterus. The procedure boasts many benefits, such as:

  • It’s a half-hour procedure your Port St. Lucie gynecologist can do in the comfort of his office.
  • The Myosure excises hysteroscopic tissues (polyps and fibroids) that have caused you pain, bleeding or infertility without a surgical incision.
  • Your recovery time is greatly diminished.
  • The procedure leaves your uterus intact, so it doesn’t interfere with your ability to bear children in the future.

What to Expect During Your Recovery

After the anesthetic wears off following your Myosure procedure, you may feel lightheaded to the point of nausea, and you may feel some cramping. These are normal reactions and aren’t dangerous. It’s rare that a woman suffers side effects or complications from this procedure.

In general, you’ll need a day or two before you can return to your normal schedule. Keep in mind that everyone recovers at a slightly different rate. You may bounce back quickly or need a few extra days. Your ability to recover depends on your condition before the procedure, as well as how closely you follow your gynecologist’s post-procedural instructions.

Give your body about three months to fully heal. You can and should monitor your menstrual cycle, but be aware that you may need those three months to get back to your normal rhythm. You should not experience any severe pain during this period.

Risks from the Myosure Procedure

Even minimally invasive procedures carry some risk. If you have the procedure done, contact your gynecologist, if you experience any of the following after the first day of recovery:

  • Continued nausea and vomiting
  • A fever of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A dizzy, breathless feeling
  • Bowel issues (such as diarrhea or constipation)
  • Bladder issues (such as painful urination or blood in your urine)
  • Worsening pain in your pelvis or lower abdomen
  • Green-colored discharge (other colors are considered normal)

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Safe, Effective Treatment

The Hologic Myosure tissue removal system has proven to be a safe and successful treatment for removing polyps and fibroids from your uterus. The procedure is fast, and the recovery time a lot quicker than other alternatives, including a full-fledged hysterectomy. The size of the hysteroscopic tool means your gynecologist can find and remove polyps as small as 2.5 millimeters.

But the first step is an accurate diagnosis into what’s causing your pain, infertility or irregular bleeding. Contact your Port St. Lucie gynecologist today.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Important Reminder:
This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult ob/gyn doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified gynecologist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.