Minimally Invasive Treatments for Fibroids in the Uterus

UCSF Medical Center offers the most advanced, minimally invasive options for treating fibroids in the uterus.

Fibroids in the uterus

Interventional radiology physician specialists at UCSF are performing the world’s most advanced techniques to treat uterine fibroids without surgery. These are minimally invasive procedures which may help women avoid invasive surgeries such as hysterectomy or myomectomy.

UCSF is the only fibroid treatment center in Northern California to have completed a research study of the latest, most advanced, FDA approved procedure with excellent results. A new study is currently in progress.

The minimally invasive treatment options are:

MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS):

MR-guided Focused Ultrasound is the newest, most innovative technique for uterine fibroid treatment, and it uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound waves to destroy fibroids without impacting the surrounding healthy tissue. This procedure is also called HIFU, which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.

Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE):

Uterine artery embolization is a procedure that cuts off the blood supply for example by using embospheres as blockage causing them to shrink.  It is sometimes referred to as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This procedure is an alternative to open surgery or laparoscopic surgery for fibroids.  More detailed information about UAE is available.

Nonsurgical treatments for uterine fibroids offer less risk and recovery time than open surgery.