UCSF Medical Center offers the most advanced, minimally invasive options for treating fibroids in the uterus.


Fibroids in the uterus
The presence of fibroids in the uterus.


Interventional radiology physician specialists at UCSF are performing the world’s most advanced techniques to treat uterine fibroids without surgery. These are minimally invasive procedures which may help women avoid invasive surgeries such as hysterectomy or myomectomy.

UCSF is the only fibroid treatment center in Northern California to have completed a research study of the latest, most advanced, FDA approved procedure with excellent results. A new study is currently in progress.

The minimally invasive treatment options are:

  • MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS):
    MR-guided Focused Ultrasound is the newest, most innovative technique for uterine fibroid treatment, and it uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound waves to destroy fibroids without impacting the surrounding healthy tissue. This procedure is also called HIFU, which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.
  • Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE):
    Uterine artery embolization is a procedure that cuts off the blood supply for example by using embospheres as blockage causing them to shrink.  It is sometimes referred to as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This procedure is an alternative to open surgery or laparoscopic surgery for fibroids.  More detailed information about UAE is available.

Nonsurgical treatments for uterine fibroids offer less risk and recovery time than open surgery.


Referrals and scheduling procedures

Fibroids in the uterusPhysicians and staff who wish to refer or schedule patients may call directly to the interventional radiology scheduling department at (415) 353-1300 to arrange for appointments for these procedures.  Physicians may also request for a consultation with Maureen Kohi, MD in interventional radiology.

Patients who have a referral from a gynecologist or obstetrician or primary care physician for a fibroid treatment procedure, may call directly to our interventional radiology scheduling department at (415) 353-1300 to make an appointment for an evaluation for these procedures.

If you are a patient with no gynecologist or obstetrician to provide you with a referral, you may call (415) 885-7788 (and press option #1) to make an appointment with our gynecologist who specializes in fibroid treatments and is knowledgeable regarding the advanced techniques such as MRgFUS.

More detailed information on the process for referrals and scheduling is available.

For more general information, please visit the UCSF’s Comprehensive Fibroid Center website or call (415) 885-7788.