Uterine fibroids are extremely common, affecting as many as 75% of women in the United States. In most cases, these small, noncancerous tumors are harmless and do not require medical treatment.
In some circumstances, however, uterine fibroids can grow quite large, leading to multiple issues. Even small fibroids can be problematic, depending on their location. At Yale Medicine, we specialize in treating uterine fibroids that lead to medical complications or fertility problems.
"When a woman comes to us for fibroids, our first priority is safety," says Linda Fan, MD, chief of Yale Medicine Gynecologic Specialties. "Are they bleeding? At risk for cancer? Do they have an infection or chance of affecting internal organs is the fibroid is very large? Once we make sure it is none of those things, we have a chance to personalize their care. We offer a whole array of treatments from medical and interventional radiology to minor and major surgical procedures."