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Helping you overcome fibroids without hysterectomy or major surgery

The Fibroid Specialists of University Vascular are leading providers of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), the least invasive treatment option for women suffering from fibroids.

Fibroids Explained by Dr. Michael Lalezarian

Check out this quick overview of uterine fibroids, symptoms, and treatment.

Dr. Lalezarian, a fibroid specialist in Los Angeles, talks through fibroid treatment options to help you decide which option makes the most sense for you.

Fibroid Specialist Dr. Michael Lalezarian in Los Angeles explains fibroids and fibroid treatment
 
 

Doctor Michael Lalezarian

Fibroid Specialist in Los Angeles

Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Lalezarian is a double board-certified fellowship-trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. He completed both his Radiology Residency and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at David Geffen School of Medicine at the Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA, where he received extensive training in minimally-invasive image-guided procedures. Dr. Lalezarian has since devoted his expertise to helping women with uterine fibroids, and is regarded as an expert in uterine fibroid embolization. Read full bio.

“Dr. Lalezarian performed a surgery that literally changed the trajectory of my life.” - Annie M., July 2019

"An extraordinary physician who's really concerned with his patients." - Adrianne S., October 2018

Restoring Health in Women with Fibroids

Heavy menstrual bleeding or lengthy periods?

Painful periods or mid-cycle pain?

Pelvic pain, backache, or leg pain?

Pain or pressure during intercourse?

Frequent urination or constipation?

Pregnancy challenges?

Are you living with...

You're not alone. Nearly 7% of women in the US are living with the debilitating symptoms fibroids.¹

References

[1] Zimmermann, A., Bernuit, D., Gerlinger, C., Schaefers, M., & Geppert, K. (2012). Prevalence, symptoms and management of uterine fibroids: An international internet-based survey of 21,746 women. BMC Women’s Health, 12(1), 6.

[2] Pavone D et al. Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Uterine Fibroids. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 Jan; 46:3-11.

[3] Gupta et al. (2014). Uterine artery embolization for symptomatic uterine fibroids ( Review ). Cochrane Library, (5).

[4] Faustino, F., Martinho, M., Reis, J., & Águas, F. (2017). Update on medical treatment of uterine fibroids. European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 216, 61–68.

Compare Fibroid Treatments in Los Angeles, CA

Surgical and non-surgical treatments are available for women with uterine fibroids.

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on the treatment that's right for you.

Embolization (UFE)

Non-surgical

Uterine fibroid embolization UFE diagram

An interventional radiologist occludes the blood vessels that feed the fibroids.

Invasiveness: Minimally invasive, performed with 1 small puncture

Hospital Stay: None

Recovery Time: 1 Week

Pregnancy Possible After: Yes

Risk of Fibroid Recurrence:

Less than 10% of cases at 2 years

Risk of Second Procedure:

~12% of cases at 2 years

Myomectomy

Surgical

Myomectomy fibroid removal surgery diagram

A surgeon selectively cuts out the fibroids while keeping the uterus intact.

Invasiveness: Major surgery,

may require a blood transfusion

Hospital Stay: 1-3 days

depending on surgical technique

Recovery Time: 2-6 weeks depending on surgical technique

Pregnancy Possible After: Yes

Risk of Fibroid Recurrence:

Less than 10% of cases at 2 years

Risk of Second Procedure:

Less than 8% of cases at 2 years

Hysterectomy

Surgical

Abdominal hysterectomy surgery diagram

A surgeon completely removes part or all of the uterus, taking the fibroids with it.

Invasiveness: Major surgery,

may require a blood transfusion

Hospital Stay: 1-3 days

depending on surgical technique

Recovery Time: 2-6 weeks depending on surgical technique

Pregnancy Possible After: No

Risk of Fibroid Recurrence:

None

Risk of Second Procedure:

Less than 7% of cases at 2 years

Why We Specialize in Fibroid Embolization

Minimally-Invasive

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is performed through a single puncture in the leg. Unlike a major surgery, there's no cutting, which means minimal trauma and a much faster recovery time.

Image-Guided

 

UFE is performed under the guidance of fluoroscopic imaging. This allows the doctor to safely provide therapy directly to the fibroids with minimal side effects.

Fertility-Sparing

 

Unlike hysterectomy, UFE keeps the uterus intact, meaning that women still have a chance of getting pregnant after UFE.

 

How to Shrink Fibroids

Dr. Michael Lalezarian discusses how to shrink fibroids, covering UFE, dietary supplements, and medications that can help you find relief from fibroids without having a major surgery. Read More

Pros & Cons of Hysterectomy

Although minimally-invasive, fertility-sparing alternatives to hysterectomy are now available, there are still cases in which hysterectomy can make a lot of sense. Read More

Heavy Periods & Fibroids

How to tell if your menstrual bleeding is abnormal, what causes heavy periods, and the relationship between heavy menstrual bleeding and uterine fibroids. Read More

Learn More in the Fibroid Blog

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Hysterectomy for fibroids: pros and cons
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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Q&A

Have questions about uterine fibroid embolization? We have answers.

What Our Patients Say

Doctor Lalezarian performed surgery on me, and I would like to say that he is truly dedicated, and an extraordinary physician who's really concerned with his patients! I remember clearly when I was in the recovery room, how many times he came in and asked if I were feeling any pain. He came in repeatedly to check on me wanting to make sure I was not in discomfort. I was actually amazed and felt so cared for, which made me feel really good!  Dr. Lalezarian was so meticulous with the procedure and medication, I felt fine afterwards!

 

Before the surgery, he listened attentively to everything I said I was feeling and he answered every one of my questions kindly and precisely, until I understood. I could tell he cared and I felt safe with him.  

 

After surgery and recovery when I was leaving, I thanked him for everything, and he said that to see the patients happy and healthy at the end, is what makes him most excited about what he does. I so appreciate how Dr. Lalezarian cares for his patients, it shows what a great person, as well as a physician he is!

- Adrianne S, October 2018

Locations All Over Los Angeles

The Fibroid Specialists of University Vascular have four convenient locations. Each location is fully equipped with state of the art technology and top notch-staff to treat fibroids.

Westwood

1082 Glendon Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Koreatown

505 S Virgil Ave #101

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Inglewood

575 E Hardy St, #322

Inglewood, CA 90301

Alhambra

1411 S Garfield Ave #303

Alhambra, CA 91801

 
 

Phone

(310) 209-2011

Fax

(310) 209-2113

Email

info@universityvascular.com

Hours

M-F, 9am-5pm

Westwood

1082 Glendon Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Koreatown

505 S. Virgil Ave. #101

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Inglewood

575 E. Hardy Street, #322

Inglewood, CA 90301

Alhambra

1411 S. Garfield Ave. #303

Alhambra, CA 91801

The Fibroid Specialists of University Vascular are leading providers of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), the least invasive treatment option for women suffering from uterine fibroids. Our physicians have devoted their expertise to helping women overcome fibroids without hysterectomy or major surgery. 

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