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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Myomectomy?

Myomectomy performed by the highly skilled surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital can be the relief you are searching for. This is the best treatment for you in order to preserve your fertility.

Our nationally regarded medical staff specialized in gynecologic care will use only the latest technology and techniques for you to have a fast return to the life you love. At our Minimally Invasive Surgery Institute myomectomy will be done assisted by the state-of-the-art robotic platform, assuring you of the fastest recovery rate possible.

A myomectomy is an operation that removes non-cancerous growths, or fibroids, from the muscular wall of the uterus, while preserving the uterus.

Myomectomy is the best treatment option for women with fibroid symptoms who want to have children in the future.

This procedure is very effective, but fibroids can reappear. The younger a patient is, and the more fibroids they have at the time of myomectomy, the more likely they are to have fibroids again in the future.

Women nearing menopause have lower risk of recurring problems after a myomectomy.

The principal benefit of myomectomy is the relief of the symptoms of fibroids, which can include anemia, pain, discomfort, irregular menstruation, and other issues — while preserving the uterus, so as not to affect fertility.

With minimally invasive surgery, the biggest difference that the patient will notice is in recovery.

A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires a few tiny incisions in comparison to a traditional abdominal myomectomy which is done through a 3-6 inch incision. The surgeon then removes the fibroids through one of these small incisions.

Laparoscopic myomectomy is the procedure we prefer, but only certain fibroids can be removed with laparoscopic myomectomy.

If the fibroids are numerous, large, or deeply embedded in the uterus, your doctor may recommend you an abdominal myomectomy. Also, sometimes during the operation it is necessary to switch from a laparoscopic myomectomy to an abdominal myomectomy.

With robotic surgery the da Vinci Si surgical robot enhances the surgeon's natural steadiness and precision, resulting in incisions that are more precise than is possible with the human hand alone.

Other advantages of minimally invasive surgical treatment are:

  • The risk for negative side effects is very low
  • Less scars
  • Less pain from surgery
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a new, sophisticated robotic platform specially designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive facilities for major surgery.

Rather than operating by hand, the surgeon controls a set of robotic arms outfitted with the necessary instruments. The surgeon monitors the operation through the system’s scope, which transmits a high-resolution, 3D image that is the gold standard in modern surgical monitoring. The surgeon controls the system via ergonomic, sensitive, intuitive controls, and the computer governing the arms corrects for any kind of tremor or shake, meaning that the instruments move with a precision impossible to achieve with traditional techniques.

Marina Women's Health's surgeons have extended experience in operating with the da Vinci® Surgical System. The key components of this system include:

  • 4 interactive robotic arms
  • A high-definition 3D vision system
  • A patient-side cart, serving as a base for the robotic scope and arm
  • An ergonomic console for the surgeon to sit at during the surgery
  • Proprietary EndoWrist® tools

If you require treatment for uterine fibroids, robot-assisted myomectomy might be for you. Please give us a call at 844-MISI-4-YOU for a consultation about how myomectomy can improve your symptoms while leaving reproductive organs intact.

Frequently Asked Questions About Myomectomy

Yes, there are minimally invasive — and even non-invasive (i.e., non-surgical) — treatments for uterine fibroids.

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