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Is surgery the only way to treat uterine fibroid tumors?

No. There are a number of non-surgical treatments for fibroids; most notably Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS). UFE is performed by an Interventional Radiologist (see sirweb.org) who is a physician trained in minimally invasive targeted treatments performed for medical conditions that occur throughout the body using image guidance (ex. x-ray). MRgFUS is typically performed by a Radiologist, but in some cases is performed by a Gynecologist. UFE treats all of the fibroids in the uterus, while the MRgFUS is a local procedure targeted to typically from 1-3 fibroids. UFE has proven long-term (>10 years) success, while MRgFUS is an innovative technology with acceptable short-term results. UFE is covered by all insurance carriers, whereas MRgFUS is largely not covered, and most patients desiring this treatment would have to pay for this entirely out of pocket.

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