Fibroid Removal Surgery in South Africa

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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