Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths on your uterus. They often form during a woman’s childbearing years. They almost never develop into cancer.
Uterine Fibroids: What You Need to Know
Fletcher Allen doctors use a collaborative approach to treating uterine fibroids. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.
We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids, including robotic-assisted surgery.
Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Treatment often depends on the severity of your symptoms.
Experience, Trusted Expertise
At Fletcher Allen, our gynecologists have years of experience diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.
We don’t know how to prevent uterine fibroids. The good news is that even though we cannot prevent them, only a small percentage of these growths need treatment.
What are uterine fibroids?
Many women develop uterine fibroids during their lifetime. However, women may be unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Your doctor may discover the fibroids by accident during a pelvic exam or ultrasound.
The biggest risk factor for developing uterine fibroids is age. Women of reproductive age are more likely to develop them. Other risk factors include:
- Family history of fibroids
- Race. African-American women are at higher risk
- Never being pregnant. Studies show that pregnancy and childbirth seem to decrease a woman’s risk of developing fibroids
Diagnosis and Treatment: Uterine Fibroids
Because uterine fibroids often do not cause symptoms, your doctor may only diagnose them during a routine pelvic exam.
Our doctors use advanced imaging technology to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then, we create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include watchful waiting, medication or surgery.
Learn more about uterine fibroids diagnosis and treatment.
Find a Fletcher Allen Physician or call 802-847-1400.
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