Fibroid Treatment Options

What’s appropriate for you will depend on:

  • The severity and type of your symptoms
  • Whether you want to have children in the future
  • The size, number and location of your fibroids

Treatments can include:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Hormone treatment
  • Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Myomectomy (hysteroscopic, laparoscopic or abdominal)
  • Hysterectomy

Robotic surgery at UC San Diego

UC San Diego Health System offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for fibroid treatment, including myomectomies and hysterectomies.

Robotic-assisted surgery for fibroids is especially promising for women who would like to have children in the future. Regardless of the location of the fibroids, the surgeon is able to make small precise movements to remove the tissue, preserving the delicate structures of the pelvis and decreasing the chance of future complications. Robotic-assisted surgery also allows the surgeon better visualization of the anatomy, which is especially helpful with surgery for fibroids.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities
  • In many cases, better clinical outcomes