The most common treatment for symptomatic fibroids (benign growths inside the uterus), which can result in excessive menstrual bleeding, pain and frequent urination, is hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

Now: Magnetic resonance-guided, focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) allows radiologists to precisely target fibroids without hysterectomy. The new outpatient procedure uses high-intensity ultrasound waves to heat and destroy uterine fibroid tissue. Side effects include slight cramping. The procedure is FDA-approved for premenopausal women who do not plan to become pregnant.

To locate an MRgFUS treatment center in your area, go to the Center for Uterine Fibroids web site at

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