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Is it possible for fibroids to recur even after surgery to remove them?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, it's common

Unfortunately it is more common to have multiple fibroids than a single solitary one.
The fibroids are often in different stages of growth, such that at the time of a myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroid[s]) every fibroid may not be visible or palpable to the surgeon, especially if they remove the fibroids laparoscopically as opposed to an open procedure where they can feel the tumors by hand.

In brief: Yes, it's common

Unfortunately it is more common to have multiple fibroids than a single solitary one.
The fibroids are often in different stages of growth, such that at the time of a myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroid[s]) every fibroid may not be visible or palpable to the surgeon, especially if they remove the fibroids laparoscopically as opposed to an open procedure where they can feel the tumors by hand.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
Dr. Hugo Ribot
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Dr. Richard Nguyen
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Even after removal fibroids can return either in the same place or other locations.

In brief: Yes

Even after removal fibroids can return either in the same place or other locations.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
Dr. Richard Nguyen
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The more fibroids a woman has the more likely she will grow new ones in the future.
Women of african, african-american or caribbean background are more likely to have new fibroids grow as well. But it can be difficult to predict.

In brief: Yes

The more fibroids a woman has the more likely she will grow new ones in the future.
Women of african, african-american or caribbean background are more likely to have new fibroids grow as well. But it can be difficult to predict.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Fibroids are very common. Up to 70%of women have fibroids.

In brief: Absolutely

Fibroids are very common. Up to 70%of women have fibroids.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Dr. Bryan Treacy
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David Miller
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Even after surgery, fibroid can recur on average about 25% of the time.
Rarely, they come back quickly, but more commonly they can slowly grow back over an average of about 5 years.

In brief: Yes

Even after surgery, fibroid can recur on average about 25% of the time.
Rarely, they come back quickly, but more commonly they can slowly grow back over an average of about 5 years.
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