While uterine fibroids do not usually cause troublesome symptoms, some women experience adverse effects. If you are one of them, your doctor can offer you treatment options and outline the recovery time to expect.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop within the uterus. They can cause symptoms like painful heavy menstrual cycles and pressure in your pelvic area.
Uterine fibroids are most common in women between the ages of 30 and 40. (See ACOG: UF) According to the Mayo Clinic, as many as three out of four women will develop them at some point in their lives.
Surgical options to treat uterine fibroids include myomectomy to remove the fibroids, endometrial ablation to destroy the lining of the uterus and the fibroids, and uterine artery embolization to destroy the fibroid by blocking its access to a blood supply.
Myomectomy Recovery Time
The recovery time from a myomectomy depends on how your surgeon accesses the fibroids. If she makes an incision in your abdomen, recovery will take between four and six weeks. If she accesses them Laparoscopically or through the vagina, then recovery time will be between a few days and two weeks.
Other Recovery Times
You should be able to resume normal activities two days after undergoing endometrial ablation, although you could experience discharge for a few weeks after the procedure, says the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Most women leave the hospital the day after undergoing uterine artery embolization. Pain usually fades within a couple days to a few weeks.