RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Rarely, focused ultrasound surgery may result in:
- Burns to the skin on your abdomen
- Damage to tissues and structures near the fibroid targeted for treatment
- Nerve stimulation causing temporary back or leg pain after the procedure
- Blood clots in your legs (deep vein thrombosis)
Other drawbacks specific to focused ultrasound surgery include:
- Less long-term data on safety and effectiveness than most other fibroid treatments
- Less data on fertility and pregnancy than with other fibroid treatments
As with many other fibroid treatments, when you have focused ultrasound surgery:
- You may have some fibroids that may not be able to be treated
- You may require further treatment if your symptoms return
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