What are Uterine Polyps
Uterine Polyps are growths that occur in the uterine wall or lining. Normally these growths are benign and don’t cause any medical problems. Uterine polyps’ size can range from a few millimeters to beyond 5 centimeters in length. Polyps larger than 1 cm are considered to be “large polyps,” and those that are greater than 4 cm, which are exceedingly rare, are called “giant polyps”. If you have been diagnosed with having uterine polyps and are experiencing symptoms like infertility, you may want to talk to NYC Ob/Gyns at Viva Eve to see if uterine polyps removal procedure is the right course of treatment that will help manage your symptoms and increase your chances for conception if you would like to get pregnant.
What happens during uterine polyps removal
Our NYC Ob/Gyn specialists tend to favor minimally invasive procedures like Hysteroscopic polypectomy (uterine polyps removal) that removes the uterine polyps and keeps the uterus intact. During the procedure your specialist might remove a small sample of tissue to be tested in the lab. This type of uterine polyps removal has a quick recovery period with low risk of complications. Before scheduling a removal, your NYC Ob/Gyn specialist may want to use ultrasound images to determine which specific procedure is best for you.
How can I prepare for a uterine polyps removal procedure?
While a hysteroscopic polypectomy doesn’t require making any incisions and is minimally invasive, our specialists might request that you do a few things to prepare for a hysteroscopy.
They may want to know if you are taking any medications, blood thinners, or even vitamins and they may ask you to stop taking them beforehand. It’s a good idea to find someone to bring you home after a uterine polyps removal because you may still feel groggy after the anesthesia. You can take a shower or a bath before you come in, but please avoid any lotions or perfumes. If you have any questions about how you can best prepare for your specific uterine polyps removal procedure you can always reach out to our specialists.
Symptoms of uterine polyps
Small, benign polyps are common and don’t usually cause any symptoms. If you or your fibroid specialists do find that the uterine polyps are causing complications or discomfort, then you may decide it’s best to follow through with a uterine polyps removal to treat the symptoms.
Benefits and risks of uterine polyps removal
The benefits of uterine polyps removal is the relief of any symptoms they may cause. If you have been living with symptoms from uterine polyps, you may be ready for relief from severe cramps, bleeding, and pain. If you have been dealing with infertility caused by uterine polyps, then removal might be necessary to improve your chances of getting pregnant. The side effects of uterine polyps removal normally show up after the procedure. It is common to feel some cramping afterward but this discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications; ask your specialist which pain medication they recommend.
It’s also common to experience soreness and light bleeding for a couple of days after uterine polyps removal which can be managed with a liner or menstrual pad. If bleeding continues after a couple of days then reach out to your specialist to follow up and ask for next steps.
The risks of this procedure are minimal and as with any procedure may include infection. Please contact your doctor immediately if there is any unusual smell or if you have a fever.
Viva Eve’s NYC Ob/Gyns advise the patients not to use tampons for at least two weeks after the procedure. You should also avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. You’ll also need to wait until you have fully healed to have sexual intercourse. This may take two weeks or longer after a polypectomy.
Your NYC Ob/Gyn will most likely schedule a follow-up appointment about a week after your procedure to make sure you’re healing well. Your doctor may also let you know the lab results for the polyp.
A successful uterine removal surgery includes completely removing the polyp and an improvement in symptoms with a full recovery.