Hope for those who suffer from uterine fibroids

Learn about care for non-cancerous tumors in the uterus.


Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors in the uterus, an organ where babies grow during pregnancy. About 25% to 50% of women have them during their child-bearing years. They are the most common reason that U.S. women have operations to remove their uterus.


What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Symptoms may include:

  • Heavy periods
  • Stomach or pelvic pain or pressure
  • Having to pee often
  • Having few or no bowel movements
  •  Bloating

If you have symptoms, talk to your ob/gyn about your choices for care.


How do you care for uterine fibroids?

We often do uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This is a non-surgical way to reduce the size of uterine fibroids.

Our specialists make a tiny cut in the waist or groin. Then, they use a small tube to inject tiny particles into the blood vessels that feed the fibroids. This makes the fibroids shrink. This therapy has a 98% success rate for reducing pain from fibroids.

Is this treatment right for me?

There are several benefits to this treatment:

  • You aren’t put to sleep.
  • You don’t have to stay in a hospital and can go home the same day.
  • It can be done without an operation (or breaking through the skin).
  • It takes less time to heal compared to a hysterectomy (operation to remove the uterus) or myomectomy (operation to remove fibroid tumors).
  • There is little to no blood loss.
  • If, after this treatment, you still need an operation to remove the uterus or fibroid tumors, there won’t be as much blood loss.
  • Most insurance companies pay for this treatment. But if you have questions about coverage or payment, talk to your insurance company or our team.

Next steps

If you want to learn more about UFE, talk to our interventional radiology team or your ob/gyn. They can do tests or imaging needed before the treatment. Our teams will also work with your other providers to make sure you get high-quality care.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.