Focused ultrasound surgery:

  • Can ease bothersome symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, including heavy bleeding and pelvic pain and pressure
  • Provides a noninvasive alternative to surgical treatment of fibroids
  • Is done on an outpatient basis
  • Typically allows a rapid return to normal activities after the procedure

Although focused ultrasound surgery offers many advantages over other fibroid treatment options, it's not the best option for everyone. It may not be a good choice for you if:

  • You have multiple abdominal scars that make it difficult to find a safe path between the transducer and the fibroid
  • You have many fibroids or very large fibroids
  • You want to optimize your chance of a future pregnancy

A number of women have had successful pregnancies after treatment. However, long-term effects on a woman's ability to become pregnant and carry a baby to term have not been studied adequately yet.

Jun. 01, 2013