Cost of fibroid surgery in Ghana. What you should know about the cost of myomectomy or fibroid removal surgery or fibroid operation in Ghana.
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors/growths called leiomyomas that grow in or on the uterus. It is very rare for these growths to become cancerous, but it does happen (1 in 1000). The only way to know if a fibroid has become a cancer is to surgically remove them for a test called histology.
Few facts about uterine fibroids you should know.
They are abnormal growths of the muscles of the womb
The exact cause is unknown
They are not cancers
They are common, in 50-70% of women
Less than half of women with fibroids have symptoms
Can be huge
For women with symptoms, it can be stressful & sometimes devastating
Symptoms of uterine fibroid
Heavy menses; some use adult diapers,some sit on bowls just to bleed into it, some need to be transfused with blood after each period
Painful menses so severe some can’t move/ work.
Tummy and back pain
Painful sex, in some sex is impossible.
Big tummy(may look like pregnancy)
Can contribute to infertility in some women
depending on location of fibroids
Can affect kidneys.
Disturbs pregnancy with risk of miscarriage or premature delivery of babies
Repeated hospital admissions from degeneration of the fibroid in pregnancy. This can be painful
Abnormal position of baby necessitating CS
Risk of bleeding after delivery
If you have no symptoms or it’s not affecting you in any way, treatment may be unnecessary.
You should do an annual pelvic ultrasound to monitor the fibroids
Treatment depends on size & severity of symptoms, age, desire for babies, available specialist/ expertise.
Treatment can be MEDICAL(non-hormonal/hormonal). SURGICAL (minimally invasive or open surgeries)
Medications treat the symptoms and shrink fibroids but it may grows back
Some have to do surgeries to get better
Myomectomy involves removal of fibroids with the womb intact.
Hysterectomy: surgical removal of the womb.
There are newer and more advanced method of treatment now(discuss with your specialist on what they can offer)
PREPARING FOR FIBROID SURGERY
Some women with fibroid have no other choice; they MUST have surgery to improve their quality of life, relief their symptoms, or achieve fertility.
Here are some few tips if you are preparing for Fibroid removal surgery( Myomectomy).
1. Seek a second and third opinion (it is your body and health)
2. Ensure you are talking to a Gynaecologist
3. Ask about all forms of surgeries available & discuss which is best for YOU
4. Do all relevant tests before surgery as recommended
5. Get blood donors ready before surgery
(you may need blood)
6. Be optimistic (a positive attitude goes a long way)
7. Use your support system
8. READ READ, let your information be from reliable sources and not from “one of my aunty brother’s friends/ neigbhours’. Your situations aren’t necessarily the same
If the fibroids are already affecting your quality of life negatively, pressing on surrounding organs, please go ahead with your surgery if that is your only/best option (with/without a partner in view).
Cost of fibroid surgery in Ghana
The cost of uterine fibroid surgery in Ghana is around is around GHC 100,000 – GHC 150,000 Ghana Cedis. In cities like Kumasi, Accra and Tamale, the cost of fibroid operation may be as high is GHC 200,000 Ghana Cedis. Hospital stay, blood transfusion, anasthesia, drugs, and surgery cost are usually factored into the cost of fibroid surgery. This cost of myomectomy in Ghana can be drastically reduced by health insurance (NHIS).
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Please ensure you are receiving care with a Gynaecologist
Don’t fall a victim to scammers who dupe women promising them the impossible treatments