Fibroid removal surgery doesn’t have to be a painful experience. It shouldn’t mean taking up to 2 months off to recover from open surgery either. With new minimally invasive techniques, fibroid symptoms can be relieved with a safe and thorough surgery, in outpatient settings, with patients recovering faster, and with less pain.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO MYOMECTOMY
LAAM is Laparoscopically Assisted Abdominal Myomectomy and it is a fibroid removal procedure that leaves the uterus intact to maintain fertility. What makes it different from other myomectomies is the minimally invasive approach (only 2 small incisions) and the use of special techniques to avoid excessive bleeding and potential hysterectomy. Blood loss is controlled through either permanent blockage of the uterine arteries for removal of very large fibroids laparoscopically, or through the laparoscopic placement of a tourniquet or removable clips for temporary blockage of the arteries.
With the LAAM procedure any size or number of fibroids can be removed, even fibroids deep in the muscle and in the cavity of the uterus. Fibroid removal is accomplished through a small incision in the bikini line, usually no more than 1.5 inches in length, and an additional incision at the umbilicus at one quarter of an inch. The minimally invasive approach allows for a very fast recovery, of 10-14 days after surgery.
THE SENSE OF TOUCH
Using the sense of touch, LAAM provides an innovative approach to laparoscopic myomectomy. It allows the surgeon to feel all of the fibroids at any location in or around the uterus, and allows for their safe and effective removal regardless of the size. Success in some surgical procedures requires the ability to feel in order to create the best possible result. Some fibroids that are located deep in the muscle of the uterus cannot be easily seen. If smaller fibroids are missed, this can allow continued fibroid growth and increase the need for additional surgery.
You can learn about the risks of letting fibroids grow in these articles:
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NO POWER MORCELLATORS
The LAAM approach has been very successful for the removal of fibroids of all sizes and number in thousands of patients. CIGC surgeons never use power morcellators, these devices have been discouraged by the FDA due to the potential risk to spread cancer cells when cancer is present. There is no need for power morcellator with advanced laparoscopic surgery. LAAM allows for a safe and thorough fibroid removal, resulting in less pain and complications, and overall better patient outcomes.
See how CIGC patients describe their experience with the LAAM procedure:
Women Talk About LAAM: A Safer & Better Myomectomy
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Women travel from around the world for minimally invasive fibroid removal with the LAAM procedure.
To discuss laparoscopic myomectomy with a CIGC physician Natalya Danilyants MD or Paul MacKoul MD, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. CIGC has offices in Rockville, MD, Annapolis, MD and Reston, VA. Patients who reside outside the Washington DC area can look into CIGC’s travel program.
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