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Women who have a small number of subserous fibroids may be eligible for treatment with laparoscopy. In a laparoscopic myomectomy, thin scopes are used that contain surgical and viewing instruments. Laparoscopy requires only tiny incisions, and has a much faster recovery time than abdominal myomectomy.
Only certain fibroids can be removed by laparoscopy. If the fibroids are large, numerous or deeply embedded in the uterus, then an abdominal myomectomy may be necessary. Small scars remain on the patient's abdomen. The typical recovery involves 0-1 nights in the hospital and 4 weeks reduced activity. Therefore, women planning to become pregnant in the future may be better candidates for open, abdominal myomectomy.
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