Considering Fibroid Surgery? Read This First

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Minimally invasive fibroid removal can pose big risks.

A growing body of evidence suggests that many women should steer clear of these minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgeries. A surgical instrument called a power morcellator, central to many laparoscopic surgeries to remove fibroids or the uterus, can spread an aggressive form of uterine cancer, called leiomyosarcoma, or LMS, that doctors can rarely detect until they are in the middle of surgery or when they are examining the removed tissue afterward.

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