Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts

Duke’s obstetrics and gynecology program uses the latest non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments for large, painful fibroids and ovarian cysts. Our surgical alternatives include uterine artery embolization. Our specialists provide you with expert care and a personalized treatment plan to return you to good health.

Advanced Treatment for Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts

Fibroids and ovarian cysts are common in women and often go away on their own. However, when they cause abnormal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, and cramping or vomiting, it is time to see a doctor. Our expert gynecologists use the most advanced diagnostic tests and treatments available to remove ovarian cysts and fibroids. Our goal for gynecological surgery is to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible to ensure you don’t experience fertility issues or future pregnancy complications.

We offer minimally invasive treatment options that result in smaller scars, faster recovery, and fewer complications. We also offer nonsurgical options such as uterine artery embolization, which relies on small particles to block the blood supply of the arteries that supply the fibroid.

Fibroids and ovarian cysts at Duke: Why choose us

  • Advanced technology. We are the only hospital in the Triangle to offer MRI-guided focused ultrasound, a noninvasive treatment option that removes fibroids but keeps surrounding tissue intact.
  • Tissue-sparing approach. We explore all nonsurgical and medical treatment options before recommending surgery or hysterectomy. Our minimally invasive surgical options and drug therapies are designed to spare healthy tissue and reproductive organs for women of childbearing age.
  • Personalized care. We develop personalized treatment plans that take into account your age and lifestyle. Young women who want to have children may not want to pursue any treatment or surgery that could affect reproductive tissues. We offer a wide range of treatment options, including hormone therapies and noninvasive options. Together we choose the best option for you.
  • Research on new therapies. We actively research new ways to treat fibroids. Our dedicated researchers study fibroids and their causes, which helps us develop more effective, targeted treatments for you in the future.



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