Abdominal Myomectomy

Abdominal Myomectomy (Removal of Uterine Fibroids)


   Heavy menstrual flow

   Pelvic or abdominal mass

   Pressure symptoms

The Procedure

   General anaesthesia

   Peritoneal cavity entered

   Incision over the fibroid(s)

   Fibroid(s) removed

   Suturing of uterine wound(s)

   Abdominal wound closed

   Tissues removed will be sent for pathological examination or disposed of as appropriate unless otherwise specified

   Other associated procedures which may be necessary, such as blood transfusion, hysterectomy

Photographic and / or video images may be recorded during the operation for education / research / documentation purpose. Please inform the staff if you have any objection.

Risk and Complication

   Anaesthetic complications

   Bleeding, may need blood transfusion

   Injury to neighbouring organs especially the bladder, ureters and bowels, may require repair

   May need to perform hysterectomy

   Procedure may not be feasible in case of adenomyosis or fibroid not identifiable because of small size / too deep seated

   Pelvic infection

   Wound complications including infection and hernia

   Deep vein thrombosis

   Possible adverse effect on future fertility because of adhesion

   Up to 30% of patients may require another surgery for recurrence in 10 years

Risk of Not Having the Procedure

   Persistent or worsening of symptoms (heavy menstrual flow, pelvic or abdominal mass, pressure symptoms)

   Exact diagnosis cannot be ascertained

After the Procedure

   Can get pregnant but there is a risk of uterine rupture

   Future fertility may be affected

   May need Caesarean section in future pregnancy

Alternative Treatment

   Non-surgical treatment including observation or medical treatment


   Uterine fibroid embolisation

   Laparoscopic/vaginal/hysteroscopic approach

Follow Up

   No special follow up


The information contained is very general. The list of complications is not exhaustive and other unforeseen complications may occasionally occur. In special patient groups, the actual risk may be different. For further information, please contact your doctor.

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