Your body gradually and naturally absorbs the treated tissue over months and even years. This means that an ultrasound may show the fibroid still there. However, an MRI shows that the fibroid has been treated, and your symptoms reflect that improvement.
The majority of women experience significant improvement in the severity of their fibroid-related symptoms within the first few months after focused ultrasound surgery.
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Focused ultrasound surgery for uterine fibroids