Uterine fibroids are tumors that grow within and around the wall of the uterus. They are the most common non-cancerous (benign) tumor in women with an incidence of 40-70%. Fibroids come in all sizes. Most women with fibroids have more than one. The ones most likely to cause symptoms tend to be larger (grapefruit size) and close to the lining of the uterus (submucosal).
The following women are at most risk for developing symptomatic fibroids:
Fibroids may be diagnosed in a variety of ways including a physical examination of the pelvis, pelvic ultrasound or pelvic MRI.
As part of the UCLA Fibroid Treatment Program, we offer a variety of treatments for uterine fibroids based on a woman's individual case and preferences. Therapeutic options include surgery, hormonal therapy or newer minimally invasive techniques such as Uterine Artery Embolization (pioneered at UCLA) and non invasive techniques such as MR guided Focused Ultrasound therapy. Prior to any therapy, women undergo a pelvic MRI and are individually seen by both a gynecologist and a radiologist.
To schedule a consultation call (310) 481-7545 or fax (310) 794-9070.
Feel free to email us with any questions, concerns, and requests for more information. UterineFibroidInfo@mednet.ucla.edu.