About the Fibroid Care Center
Mount Sinai is one of the few health systems nationwide with a dedicated Fibroid Care Center. Our goals are to provide women with the information they need to determine the optimal fibroid treatment and offer the safest and most effective therapies available. Our team of Gynecologists and Interventional Radiologists offer the full range of treatment options including medical, minimally invasive procedure-based, and surgical.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors which can cause symptoms such as excessive bleeding, pain, and disfigurement. If left untreated, the symptoms can persist until menopause, severely impacting a woman’s quality of life. Uterine Fibroids affect approximately 25 million women in the U.S. annually, with approximately six million women seeking medical treatment for severe symptoms each year. It is estimated that of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the U.S. each year, almost half are performed to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids.
Approximately 80 percent of women with uterine fibroids do not require treatment. Often monitoring and medications that alleviate symptoms or inhibit growth are sufficient. However, uterine fibroids should be treated if they are cause abnormal heavy bleeding or present other complications due to their size. At the Fibroid Care Center, our highly skilled team of dedicated gynecologists and interventional radiologists offer the latest minimally invasive procedures including myomectomy, hysteroscopy, and Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. Our physicians place great emphasis on educating patients and will answer all of your questions about treatment alternatives.
If surgery is determined to be the best option by both the physician and the patient, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to minimize patient discomfort and hasten recovery. Many procedures for the treatment of fibroids are now completed in an outpatient manner or simply with an overnight stay in the hospital. Our operating rooms and equipment are constantly improved to maintain our standing as a health system on the cutting edge of medical technology.
The Mount Sinai Health System is the world’s leader in radial artery access for uterine fibroid embolization with over 200 cases performed over the past 3 years. Radial access allows for early ambulation and decreased complications compared to the traditional femoral artery approach. This novel technique has been published and highlighted as a true innovation in the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids to minimize the risks of treatment and improve patient satisfaction. Mount Sinai Interventional Radiologists have also pioneered the use of “ultra low dose” radiation exposure during uterine fibroid embolization to improve the safety of the procedure for symptomatic women. Our procedures can now be performed with a 65 percent reduction in the x-ray exposure to the patient as compared to procedures performed in 2013.
The following is a list of web sites offering a general understanding of myomas and the possibilities for treatment may be obtained. Questions not answered on these pages should be addressed at consultation with one of our physicians. Simple questions on Fibroids: http://www.womens-health.co.uk/fibroids.htm
Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/uterinefibroids.html
National Uterine Fibroid Foundation: http://www.nuff.org
All about myomectomy: http://www.myomectomy.net/index.htm
Hysterectomy and Alternatives: http://www.gynalternatives.com/hysterec.htm
Fibroid Advocate site with alternative therapies: http://www.uterinefibroids.com/
Uterine Fibroid Embolization: https://ask4ufe.com/what-is-ufe/