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A 42-year-old female asked:

removal of large fibroid. what are the options if hysterectomy recommended and quick recovery time is needed ?

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Dr. Peter Liehr
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hysterectomy : The safest option is the method your surgeon is well experienced in. Vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic hysterectomy all have about the same rapid recovery rate. If your uterus is very large and your surgeon comfortable, a robotic approach may have some advantages. Discuss with your GYN what surgery they are proposing.
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Some radiologists: can block the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it shrink. Interventional Radiology are the ones that can do this procedure. Outpatient, very quick recovery.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I get pregnant after a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Unlikely: Theoretically possible if the ovaries are still in place, ovulation is occurirng, and a passage is present that allows sperm to meet with the egg. The result would be an abdominal pregnancy or possibly a cervical pregnancy if the cervix still remains. This would be exceedingly unlikely and contraception is not recommended after a hysterectomy.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How will my physician tell if I have fibroids?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Exam or ultrasound: Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus that can cause enlargement of the uterus, heavy or painful periods or pelvic pain. They can be diagnosed with pelvic exam in some cases. An ultrasound can almost always diagnosis them. Fibroids don't need to be treated just because they are there, only if they cause problems. Treatments range from birth control pills to removal of fibroids to hysterectomy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is the treatment for fibroids covered by insurance?

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Dr. Susan Johnson
Gynecology 34 years experience
Yes: If you are having symptoms from your fibroids that require treatment than the condition is medically necessary and your insurance will cover it. Just how much coverage you have depends upon the type of insurance plan you have and factors such as how much of your deductible you have already met for the year. You can probably check the details of coverage through your insurance company's website.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have endometriosis, must I have a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
No: Many women with endometriosis do have a hysterectomy at some point but that is a very individual decision. Most women do not need that. But surgical intervention can be needed for pain, for cysts, and for scar tissue at some point.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
For women with chronic and severe pain due to endometriosis, the hysterectomy offers about a 90% to 95% chance for pain relief.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I know for sure that I have fibroids?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Pelvic ultrasound: If you are thin, and your fibroids are large enough, then your physician may be fairly sure after an exam that a woman has fibroids. However, the best test to confirm that fibroids are present is a pelvic ultrasound. Sometimes MRI is performed to determine the exact number, size and position of fibroids if uterine surgery is planned. Fibroids can also be diagnosed during surgery.

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