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Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids are noncancerous (benign) growths in the uterus. They can be small and cause no symptoms or be large and painful. There may be one or many fibroids. Although troubling, they do not increase your risk for uterine cancer.

You may have a uterine fibroid if you have symptoms such as:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Long periods
  • Trouble urinating
  • Constipation

Many women develop uterine fibroids during their lives, and the experts at University of Miami Health are here to diagnose your condition, treat your accompanying symptoms, and help you stay healthy. 

Why Choose UHealth?

Care designed with women in mind. Our obstetrics and gynecology experts provide research-backed care that is tailored specifically for each woman. We help make care more convenient — offering advanced in-office procedures, the latest diagnostic tests for fast results, and access to comprehensive women’s health services for women of all ages — all in one location. Our highly-trained physicians and staff are sensitive to the needs of every woman, so you can feel comfortable and confident in your care and treatment. 

Leaders in advanced robotic surgery. We have some of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for gynecologic laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery. In fact, doctors come from all over the world to learn from our expertise. The University of Miami Health System was the first academic medical center to get the da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system and complete more than 5,000 robotic surgeries — procedures that offer less pain, lower risks of infection, and a quicker recovery.

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Treatments

  • Medical Monitoring

    If your uterine fibroid doesn’t cause any symptoms, monitoring the fibroid for growth or changes may be the only necessary treatment. 

  • Medicines 

    Certain medicines can shrink fibroids by stopping the production of hormones that lead to fibroid growth. Other medicines may help with bleeding or other symptoms of uterine fibroids.

  • Intrauterine Device (IUDs) 

    IUDs can help stop the symptoms of uterine fibroids, though they do not shrink the fibroids. IUDs also prevent pregnancy.

  • Endometrial Ablation 

    During endometrial ablation, your doctor uses specialized tools to heat up and destroy the lining of your uterus. This procedure can help with abnormal bleeding and reduce menstrual flow.

  • Hysterectomy 

    If you do not want to carry children in the future and your fibroids cause significant symptoms, you may choose to have a hysterectomy to remove your uterus. Your gynecologists can perform a minimally invasive, robotic hysterectomy. 

  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy 

    During this in-office procedure, your gynecologist can remove your fibroids through your cervix and vagina. Not all types of fibroids can be removed this way.

  • Laparoscopic or Robotic Myomectomy 

    During this procedure, the gynecologist removes the fibroids through a few small incisions in your abdomen. Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy puts you at less risk for pain, scarring, and infection after surgery.

  • Myolysis 

    Myolysis is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio wave energy, electricity, or cold to destroy fibroids and the blood vessels that feed them. This causes the fibroids to shrink and die. 

  • Uterine Artery Embolization 

    For this minimally invasive procedure, your physician inserts special particles into the blood vessels around your fibroids. These particles block blood flow to the fibroids so they shrink and die.


Tests

  • Pelvic Exam

    Your gynecologist might feel that your uterus is misshapen during your routine pelvic exam, which is a sign of uterine fibroids. 

  • Pelvic Ultrasound 

    Your gynecologist can use pelvic ultrasound to check for fibroids inside your uterus. This noninvasive test uses radio waves to create a picture of your uterus.

  • Blood Tests

    Your doctor may use blood tests to check for causes of abnormal bleeding.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    MRIs are radiation-free tests that can show your physician where your fibroids are located and how large they are.

  • Hysterosonography

    During a hysterosonography, your gynecologist inserts a saline solution into your uterus, which makes it easier to see fibroids with an ultrasound.

  • Hysteroscopy

    During this test, your doctor inserts a specialized, lighted camera into your uterus to look for fibroids or other abnormalities.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care