Understanding Fibroid Treatment Options
At the University of Chicago Medicine, we want to help you choose the best possible treatment option based on your symptoms and personal preferences. Discuss important considerations with your doctor, including the number, size and location of your fibroid tumors, in addition to your age, your symptoms, any questions you have and other factors that may affect your treatment options.
We also understand that women may have significant personal considerations, such as preserving fertility after treatment or choosing an alternative to hysterectomy.
Uterine Fibroid Treatments & Procedures
If you are not experiencing symptoms or your symptoms are mild, treatment may not be necessary. Instead, your doctor may recommend regular pelvic exams and ultrasounds to watch for new or growing fibroid tumors.
In some cases, medication — such as intrauterine devices (IUD) or birth control pills — may be prescribed to treat fibroid symptoms. When fibroids cause moderate to severe pain, heavy bleeding or infertility, surgery is frequently the best option. UChicago Medicine gynecologic surgeons perform minimally invasive techniques — or traditional (abdominal) surgeries, when necessary — with expert precision.
Our highly skilled team specializes in:
- Hysterectomy, performed as vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic or traditional open (abdominal) procedures
- Myomectomy, performed hysteroscopically, robotically or laparoscopically
- Radiofrequency ablation (Acessa procedure)
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical treatment that may also be considered. This alternative procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist.