Fibroid Removal Surgery in Singapore

Fibroid removal surgery, also known as myomectomy, is a procedure used to surgically excise noncancerous growth called fibroids from the uterus of the woman. Fibroid removal is a common procedure conducted across all general and specialized hospitals by a gynecologist specializing in minimally invasive surgery. 

Fibroid removal surgery can be conducted in various ways, including the following: 

  • Hysteroscopic myomectomy
  • Laparoscopic myomectomy
  • Open surgery

Factors affecting the cost of Fibroid Removal Surgery

The  following factors affect myomectomy cost:

  • Approach used to remove the fibroid
  • Fee of the gynecologist
  • Experience of the gynecologist
  • Hospital fee and other charges
  • Medicines and consumables
  • Duration of hospital stay
  • Nursing charges
  • Any unforeseen complications

Fibroid removal surgery cost also depends on your selection of the hospital, it’s location, and the type of setting.

Candidates for Fibroid Removal Surgery

Not all women with fibroids require surgery. Women with the following complaints are considered to be the best fit for myomectomy: 

  • Painful periods
  • Excessive bleeding during periods
  • Infertility 
  • Miscarriage 
  • Low back pain 
  • Bowel issues

Additionally, women who plan to conceive in the future may choose to get myomectomy done to preserve the uterus and prevent any complications in the future.

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About the Fibroid Removal Surgery

Uterine fibroids are one of the most common causes of infertility and may cause pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation. They have also been linked to infertility in women.

Genetic changes, hormonal imbalance, extracellular matrix, and other growth factors are responsible for the presence of fibroids. The growth rate and size of the fibroids may vary from one woman to the other. There are times when fibroids may even shrink on their own.

Depending on the location of the fibroid in the uterus, they may be categorized into subserosal, mucosal, pedunculated, or fundal fibroids.

However, it is possible to get rid of troubling uterine fibroids with the help of a surgery. Fibroid removal surgery is of different types and is most commonly known as myomectomy.

Depending on the size, location, and shape of fibroid, fibroid removal surgery could be performed using any of the following two techniques:

  • Laparoscopic fibroid removal surgery
  • Open fibroid removal surgery
  • Hysteroscopic fibroid removal surgery

If there is a single, small fibroid, the specialist may choose non-surgical fibroid removal (uterine fibroid embolization or radiofrequency ablation) to remove the growth. However, if the size of the fibroid is large or if there are multiple uterine fibroids, surgery is often considered to be the best solution.

Minimally invasive myomectomy or fibroid removal surgery is nowadays most common and can be performed with much ease and success.

Who needs to undergo Fibroid Removal Surgery?

Not all of the women need to undergo a surgery to get rid of the fibroids. It is only when there are certain issues that need to be taken care of when the surgery is recommended.

The following are the appropriate candidates for fibroid removal surgery:

  • Women who experience painful periods and heavy bleeding
  • Women who wish to get pregnant in the future
  • Women suffering from infertility due to fibroids
  • Women for which alternative treatments such as drugs and non-invasive treatment has not worked before
  • Women suffering from other health issues due to fibroid such as low back pain and urinary tract or bowel issues

How is Fibroid Removal Surgery performed?

Myomectomy or fibroid removal surgery can be done through the following approaches:

  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy: Through the vagina and into the uterus using a lighted scope called a hysteroscope
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy: Through small incisions in the abdomen using a lighted scope called laparoscopy
  • Open Surgery: Through a cut in the abdomen to access the uterus

The patient is asked to fast for about 12 hours before the surgery and also given laxatives to clear the bowel a night before.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure itself takes anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the approach for the surgery.

The fibroids are excised with the help of tools and the stitches are closed back up. The hospital stay for the candidate is about 1 to 2 days.

Laparoscopic myomectomy is more common as compared to hysteroscopic myomectomy because the latter is riskier and requires special expertise. Open surgery, on the other hand, though common, is preferred only in the case of large fibroids in a location that is difficult to be accessed through the laparoscope.

Recovery from Fibroid Removal Surgery

Recovery after fibroid removal surgery is rather quick. The patient is usually discharged after one or two days of the surgery. They are advised to bed rest for about 10 days and not to lift any heavy objects.

The stitches removal takes place 10 days after the surgery. However, precautions in terms of not lifting heavy objects and avoiding heavy exercising and workout must be followed for at least a month of the surgery.

Gradually, the candidate can return to a normal routine. They are usually allowed to return to their jobs within 2 weeks of the surgery.

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What is the health care infrastructure of Singapore / Why should opt for Singapore as a destination for your medical treatment?
Singapore is generally known for its well-managed health care infrastructure and has an efficient and widespread system of healthcare. Singapore was ranked 6th in the World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems in the year 2000. Bloomberg ranked Singapore's healthcare system the most efficient in the world in 2014. Three main healthcare groups exist in Singapore:
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The 10 public hospitals in Singapore comprise 8 general hospitals (AH, SGH, NUH, CGH, TTSH, KTPH, NTFGH & SKH), and 2 specialized hospitals (KKH & IMH). In addition, there are 9 national specialty centres for cancer (NCCS & NCIS), cardiac (NHCS & NUHCS), eye (SNEC), skin (NSC), neuroscience (NNI) and dental care (NDCS & NUCOHS). The private healthcare infrastructure in Singapore is also well established. The payment methods include private payment gateways or private insurance companies. You can expect better technology to be used in private hospitals in Singapore. Various procedures like stem cell therapy and cancer research are conducted in Singapore.
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The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are some of the JCI certified hospitals in Singapore :
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  • Raffles Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Changi General Hospital
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  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
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