Increasing public awareness about uterine fibroids, especially the racial disparity of this condition, is more important now than ever before. Studies have shown that despite severe symptoms from uterine fibroids, African American women reported taking an average of four years to seek treatment.
Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure which can be performed on women with uterine fibroids which are causing symptoms. Symptoms can include dilation of the pelvis due to the large fibroids, abnormal bleeding, pain.
Uterine fibroids and other causes of pelvic pain have long been treated with hysterectomy and other surgeries. Often, there are better alternatives to a hysterectomy available for women. Especially for non-cancerous conditions, including fibroid tumors, women should be aware of all possible treatment options before moving forward.
At North Texas Fibroids we are always looking to add new technologies and new techniques to our practice. We are now offering Radial access for our Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedures. What this means to patients is that there is no need to lay flat for any period of time after the procedure, less post-procedure discomfort at the radial artery access site vs. the femoral artery (groin), decreased complication rate as compared to femoral artery access, and potentially earlier discharge home from the procedure. Call us today to find out more about this exiting new technique that increases patient comfort and satisfaction, or visit Think Radial.
Now patients in the south Dallas area can see us at a more convenient location. We have added a second location on South Hampton Rd in Dallas that is just one block from the Hampton Rd DART station. Don’t let distance to our Flower Mound office be a barrier to getting the treatment that you need!
Lessening the gap in communication between a patient’s gynecologist and an interventional radiologist can result in better patient care. When a patient isn’t aware of all of the uterine fibroid treatment options available to them, they may not get the results they want.
At North Texas Fibroids we recognize that, for many women, uterine fibroids, which are small non-cancerous growths in the wall of the uterus, can present symptoms that negatively impact the quality of their lives.
While there are many treatment options for uterine fibroids, the success of these treatments depend upon the skill of the physician. That is why so many of the women in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area have come to Dr. Handley for their care.
Dr. Handley Wants You to Stay Healthy During the Holidays
Here are some healthy holiday tips from your Dallas Fibroid Specialist:
The holidays are a time for family, gift-giving, traditions, and delicious food. Unfortunately for those trying to lose weight, being surrounded by many unhealthy food options can be detrimental to all the hard progress you’ve made this year. How do you deal with staying healthy without sacrificing the joys of the holiday menu?
What is UFE?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (Uterine Artery Embolization) is an important advancement in the treatment of uterine fibroids. This minimally invasive therapy for uterine fibroids was originally introduced about 20 years ago by a French gynecologist, Dr. Jacques Ravina. At that time, uterine artery embolization was used to stop life threatening bleeding following childbirth, but Dr. Ravina wanted to use the procedure to decrease blood loss for fibroid surgery and began a clinical trial. An interesting thing happened in that several patients who were scheduled for surgery a few weeks or months after the embolization experienced symptom relief of their fibroids and cancelled their surgery. This is when the procedure began to be offered as a primary treatment for uterine fibroids.
The first reported cases of UFE in the United States was by Dr. Goodwin, at UCLA. Since then well over 100,000 women have successfully treated their fibroids with Uterine Artery Embolization.
North Texas Fibroids is a part of North Texas Interventional Radiology. There are many other services offered by Dr. Handley at North Texas Interventional Radiology. You can find out more about them by visiting our website at http://www.NorthTexas-IR.com/. Or just give us a call at 972-724-2000 – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Uterine fibroids, which are benign muscular tumors that grow in the uterus, are extremely common in women of reproductive age. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause fibroids to grow. There can be a single fibroid or multiple fibroids. Even though most fibroids are nothing to be concerned about, some uterine fibroids during pregnancy can cause complications, depending on their size and location: Continue reading “Uterine Fibroids During Pregnancy”