There are three simple steps to the MyoSure fibroid and polyp removal procedure.MyoSure is an outpatient procedure that allows you to go home the same day. On average, a 3 cm fibroid (about the size of a grape) can be removed in approximately 10 minutes. Recovery time from this type of myomectomy is typically two days. Listed below are recovery times for other uterine surgical treatments:

- Laparoscopic myomectomy - A small incision is made by the belly button and surgical instruments are used to remove the fibroid. Recovery time is typically two to seven days.

- Uterine artery embolization - This is a procedure done by a radiologist. He or she injects particles into the blood vessels of the uterus, which stop the blood vessels from supplying the fibroids with blood flow. This causes the fibroids to shrink. Patients are typically in pain for several days after this procedure.

- Hysterectomy - This refers to the surgical removal of the uterus. If you do not wish to have children in the future and your symptoms from your fibroids are severe, this may be an option for you. Recovery time is typically two to six weeks.

Dr. Discussion Guide

What questions should I ask my doctor if I have uterine fibroids and polyps? Take this list with you to your next appointment:

How many fibroids or polyps do I have?

What size are my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)?

Where are my fibroid(s) or polyp(s) located?

How rapidly have the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) grown (if you already knew about the fibroid(s))?

How will I know if the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) are growing larger?

What problems can the fibroid(s) or polyp(s) cause?

What tests or imaging studies are best for keeping track of the growth of my fibroid(s) or polyp(s)?

What are my treatment options if my fibroid(s) or polyp(s) becomes a problem?

Treatment Options

Other treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding

Already had the MyoSure® procedure? Sometimes there are other causes of your heavy bleeding.

There can be many other causes of heavy menstrual bleeding, including uterine fibroids and thickening of the endometrial lining.

NovaSure® endometrial ablation is an endometrial ablation (EA) procedure that can reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding. It works by permanently removing the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus (the part that causes the bleeding), with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy.

NovaSure endometrial ablation is one such type of procedure. It is a one-time, five-minute procedure that can lighten or end heavy periods, without pills or hormonal side effects.

For 90 percent of women, menstrual bleeding and heavy periods is dramatically reduced or stopped with NovaSure. It's a simple procedure that can be done in your doctor's office, usually for the cost of a copay.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: NovaSure is for premenopausal women with heavy periods due to benign causes who are finished childbearing. Pregnancy following NovaSure can be dangerous. NovaSure is not for those who have or suspect uterine cancer, have an active genital, urinary or pelvic infection or an IUD. NovaSure is not a sterilization procedure. Rare but serious risks include, but are not limited to, thermal injury, perforation and infection. Temporary side effects may include cramping, nausea, vomiting, discharge and spotting.

Additional Information

Online patient resources for more information about fibroids, polyps and other unwanted tissue

This page contains links to other sources of information that you may find helpful.

This information is not meant to take the place of your doctor's advice; only your doctor can provide information and advice about your own specific healthcare needs.

NovaSure endometrial ablation is one such type of procedure. It is a one-time, five-minute procedure that can lighten or end heavy periods, without pills or hormonal side effects.