Uterine fibroid surgery

Heavy menstrual bleeding caused by uterine fibroids is among the most common reasons for performing a hysterectomy. 

If the problems are not caused by a malignant disease, a hysterectomy can nearly always be performed vaginally or by using keyhole surgery. Uterine fibroids can grow very large, and in such cases, the safest strategy may sometimes be to perform the procedure the traditional way, through the abdominal wall. Women who have given birth can usually have their uterus removed vaginally regardless of its size, and women who have not given birth can usually have it removed using keyhole surgery.

Most can be discharged from care the following day and return to work a week or two later. Even small fibroids bulging into the uterine cavity can cause menstrual problems. They can usually be removed through keyhole surgery (hysteroscopy) without removing the uterus.