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 www.fibroids.net.
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