Do Fibroids Grow Back After Surgery? It Depends

fibroids growing back after surgeryVarious surgical procedures are available to women who are tormented by uterine fibroids as well as the various uterine fibroids symptoms. If you are contemplating surgery and are wondering about fibroids growing back after surgery, the following should be helpful.

Types of Surgical Procedures or Uterine Fibroids

There are many types of surgical procedures that are usually recommended for women with fibroid tumors namely hysterectomy, myomectomy and uterine artery embolization. There are many other surgical procedures besides these three and more being researched and developed every day.

1. Hysterectomy

The most common type of hysterectomy performed today is the total hysterectomy that removes the entire uterus and cervix. Although not required, additional procedures performed during a hysterectomy include removal of ovaries and/or fallopian tubes.

2. Myomectomy

Unlike the hysterectomy, this surgical procedure removes the fibroid tumors while leaving every other reproductive organ intact. Because of this, this is a much more difficult procedure than a hysterectomy. Also compared to a hysterectomy, this may not be able to stop heavy bleeding.

3. Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)

Also known as uterine fibroid embolization (UAE), this procedure attempts to shrink the tumors by cutting off its blood supply since fibroid tumors require a robust blood supply in order to grow. This procedure also leaves the uterus intact.

Do Fibroids Grow Back After Surgery?

When you have surgery to remove symptomatic or large tumors, you hope that you will not have to deal with fibroids ever again. However, unless you opt for a hysterectomy, tumors will grow back.

A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and without a uterus fibroids cannot grow back. This surgical procedure is the ONLY surgical permanent solution for fibroid tumors and the various symptoms.

All other surgical procedures only seek to remove or shrink the tumors while leaving the uterus intact. With an intact uterus, the tumors may grow back requiring a second, third, fourth, etc, procedure. Usually about one third of women will need to have an additional procedure due to recurrence.

Will You Need a Second Procedure?

If you are worried about fibroids growing back after surgery unless you opt for a hysterectomy, some of the findings have discovered that the risk of a second procedure was affected by the following.

  1. If you suffer from endometriosis, your risk of a second procedure is increased.
  2. The larger the tumor removed, the less risk you have of requiring a second procedure due to recurrence.
  3. If you gain more than 30 pounds after the age of 18, you will be at an increased of a second procedure due to weight gain affecting hormones which may be a factor in the development of fibroid tumors.

No one want to have a second procedure and a hysterectomy especially which is a permanent solution to tumors also has its own risks and complications. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to look at various alternatives to deal with uterine fibroids such as natural fibroid treatment methods such as the bestselling Fibroids Miracle holistic guide.

6 Replies to “Do Fibroids Grow Back After Surgery? It Depends”

  1. I read fibroids can not come back if u had a hysterectomy, I want to know if it still possible for fibroids to grow else even if u have uterus&acerbic removed

    1. Marie, if you still have a uterus, fibroids may grow back because they grow in the uterus. A hysterectomy removes the uterus so fibroids can’t grow back because they have no place to grow.

  2. I have twice had to have fibroids removed AFTER hysterectomy. The first time was after just the uterus was removed, and the second time was after both the uterus and the ovaries had been removed. I don’t know why I’m the exception to the rule, but here I am.

    1. That’s bizarre. Where did the fibroids grow if you don’t have a uterus? I am very curious to know. I know that certain hysterectomies leave a portion (the top part) of the uterus intact and don’t remove the uterus entirely. Is that what happened with you?

  3. 10 months after a partial hysterectomy I had yet another fibroid removed and now I have a calcified fibroid in my ovary. Going in for 4th procedure to remove it.

    1. That’s terrible and yes with a partial hysterectomy, fibroids can grow back since part of the uterus is still intact. But I certainly hope that this 4th procedure will be the last.

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