About the Fibroid Care Center
Mount Sinai is one of the few hospitals nationwide with a dedicated Fibroid Care Center. Founded by Harold Mitty, MD, FSIR, emeritus Division Chief, the Division of Interventional Radiology at Mount Sinai was one of the first in the country to employ non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. 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. The Director of the Fibroid Care Center at Mount Sinai, Dr. Scott Nowakowski is a vascular and interventional radiologist who specializes in treating patients with uterine fibroids.
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, which severely impacts the patient's quality of life. Uterine Fibroids affect approximately 25 million women in the U.S. each year, and approximately six million of them are symptomatic enough to see their doctor. Additionally, it is estimated that of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the U.S. each year, 200,000 - 300,000 are due to 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 removed 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 interventional radiologists (board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted therapies) and gynecologists offers the full range of minimally invasive treatments to women suffering from symptomatic uterine fibroids. These options include:
• Medical Therapy: oral contraceptives and/or hormonal therapy
• Uterine Fibroid Embolization: minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids
• Endometrial Ablation: destruction of the lining of the uterus to treat abnormal bleeding
• Hysteroscopic Myomectomy: transvaginal removal of fibroids
• Myomectomy: robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgical removal of fibroids
• Hysterectomy: robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgical removal of the uterus
Our physicians place great emphasis on educating patients and will answer all of your questions about treatment alternatives and the risks and benefits of each.
Fibroid Care Center
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Division of Interventional Radiology
One Gustave L Levy Place
(100th Street and Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-8243 opt#2