Uterine polyps are protrusions of tissue that grow on the uterine lining (endometrium). Polyps form when the same kind of cells as the lining itself start growing abnormally. They can range in size from a few centimeters (the size of a small seed) up to the size of a golf ball. Over time, they can become fragile and bleed.
If your doctor determines that you have polyps located inside your uterus (endometrial polyps), you may be a good candidate for the MyoSure procedure. Your doctor will evaluate your specific requirements based on the size and location of your polyp(s).
What are fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are almost always benign growths made of the same smooth muscular tissue of the uterus (the myometrium).
When those muscle cells grow abnormally, they can form into a firm rubbery mass that protrudes from surrounding tissue. You can have single or multiple fibroids. They can grow slowly, quickly or remain the same size.
Fibroids can even shrink on their own. They can also range in size, from a tiny seed to a large mass the size of a grapefruit! And they can grow in different places in your uterus; hence their various names, like pedunculated, submucosal, intramural and subserosal fibroids. Fortunately, uterine fibroids rarely, if ever, develop into cancer1—and in many cases, they can be easily removed by your doctor.
How do we remove polyps and fibroids?
First and foremost, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The entire procedure can take about 30 minutes. After administering an anesthetic, your doctor inserts an instrument—the MyoSure hysteroscope—through your vagina, allowing him or her to see inside your uterus to locate the abnormal tissue.
A tool—the MyoSure tissue removal device—is inserted through the hysteroscope, then used to remove the tissue causing your abnormal bleeding. It’s simple, effective and quick. And once the tissue is removed, your period may go back to normal.