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Laparoscopy for Large Fibroids

Dear Dr. Parker,

Thank you very much for the information you provide on your website. It is the single most useful resource I have come across.

The surgeon I have seen has suggested laparoscopic removal of a 12cm fibroid. I am preparing for a second appointment and my question is: why is there a ‘cut-off point’ for how large a fidroid a surgeon will remove laparoscopically?

Yours sincerely,




Each surgeon will have his/her level of expertise and experience which will determine the largest size and the number of fibroids they are comfortable removing.  You might consider asking the doctor: how many women have you operated on with fibroids as large as mine?  How many times have you needed to change to abdominal surgery in those cases?  How many of the women have required blood transfusion?  How many times have you had to perform a hysterectomy for those cases?

You should be able to get an idea of experience and expertise with these questions.

I hope this is helpful,

Bill Parker, MD


Disclaimer: The ideas, procedures and suggestions contained on this web site are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision.

Fibroid Doctor William H. Parker

Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in San Diego, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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