Fibroid Institute Houston
DR. SUZANNE SLONIM
DR. JOHN FISCHER
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
• Heavy menstrual periods
• Pain between and/or during periods
• Difficulty or frequent urinating
• Pelvic pain or pressure
• Pain during and/or after intercourse
• Back or leg pain
• Distension or bloating
• Passing blood clots during periods
If yes to any of the above, you could be one of the many women suffering from uterine fibroids.
Ask for a consult or free phone screening from Fibroid Institute Houston to see if you are eligible for treating your fibroids without surgery.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus, or womb. Fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the womb. They may grow slowly or quickly, or they may simply stay the same size. However, if they get too large, they may start causing the painful and life-altering symptoms listed above.
Who Can Get Fibroids?
Fibroids are very common. As many as 3 out of 4 women will develop fibroids during their lifetimes. Most are unaware they have fibroids. Sometimes, doctors will accidentally discover fibroids during a routine pelvic or pregnancy exam, and then refer their patients to a specialist to have the fibroids treated.
The specialists at Fibroid Institute Houston are experts at accurately and quickly diagnosing fibroids. Telehealth options are available. A physical exam and vaginal access is not required. After reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms at your consultation appointment, an ultrasound imaging test will determine whether or not you have fibroids. In some cases, you may also need an MRI.
Excellent patient care is our passion at Fibroid Institute Houston.
Risk Factors for Fibroids
Fibroids are commonly associated with the following factors:
Women Ages 30-55
Fibroids tend to appear most commonly in women in this age range.
Black women are at a higher risk for fibroids.
Mother with Fibroids
If your mother had fibroids, it increases the chance of you having fibroids.
Eating a lot of red meat and ham but not many vegetables.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
A Non-Surgical Treatment for Fibroids at Fibroid Institute Houston
Hysterectomy and other surgeries aren’t your only option for treating painful fibroid symptoms. The patient-preferred treatment option for our patients in South Texas is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a safe and highly effective procedure that allows you to keep your uterus intact and get back to normal activities in about a week.
This state-of-the-art procedure requires no surgery, no incision, and no vaginal access. At Fibroid Institute Houston, our specialists are the most experienced UFE doctors in Texas, so you can be certain you’re in expert hands. See why UFE is the right choice for you to become Fibroid Free:
Why UFE May Be Right For You
Uterine Fibroid Embolization stops blood supply feeding the fibroids so it is unnecessary to remove the uterus.
While the patient given medication to feel sleepy and comfortable, UFE is done through a puncture the size of a grain of rice. It heals with almost no scarring.
The recovery time is just 7-10 days, shorter than a hysterectomy, so you can get back to your life quickly and with less pain.
UFE is covered by most insurances at Fibroid Institute Houston.
Highly Trained Experts. Fibroid Experience Matters.
Fibroid Institute Houston
Dr. John Fischer is a board certified radiologist with a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in interventional radiology. He has extensive training in performing minimally invasive procedures with x-ray guidance. Based on his years in practice, he is the most experienced UFE specialist in Houston.
He has completed over 3,500 UFE procedures since 2000, including one of the first UFEs in Houston. For over 20 years, he helped train dozens of interventional radiology (IR) fellows, teaching UFE and other complex IR procedures. By performing UFE in-office, Dr. Fischer is fulfilling his passion to help women live fibroid free without major surgery.
Dr. Fischer supports the patient centered focus at Fibroid Institute Houston. Nothing is more important to him than doing what is best for the patient. He utilizes the latest UFE techniques, including proprietary pain control protocols, and tailors them to each individual patient.
Find out why so many women turn to Dr. Fischer, with the Fibroid Institute Houston team, for non-surgical uterine fibroid treatment in the Houston area and all of South Texas.
“Knowledge is power. It is imperative that patients educate themselves about all available options and understand the advantages, disadvantages, and potential benefits/risks of each. As a physician, I believe one of my primary responsibilities, besides being a healer, is as an educator. Thankfully, many patients have more than one option and informed patients can confidently choose the option best for them.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions that come up regularly about fibroid treatment at Fibroid Institute Houston:
Do All Cases of Fibroids Require Treatment?
No. Treatment is only required in 10% to 20% of fibroid cases. Most fibroid cases don’t cause any symptoms.
How Do I Prepare for the UFE Procedure?
We will carefully explain what the instructions are before the procedure, and we’ll provide you with written instructions too.
Can This Prevent a Hysterectomy?
Yes. The UFE procedure may reduce the need for hysterectomy substantially. 1/3 of all hysterectomies in the U.S. are linked to fibroids.
What If I Feel Anxiety Before the Procedure?
A mild sedative is given an hour before the procedure to help you relax. This helps ease nerves considerably.
Can I Have UFE If I Still Want to Get Pregnant?
It is possible to have a normal pregnancy, normal delivery, and normal baby after having the procedure. However, there is a small amount of evidence that suggests a slightly higher miscarriage rate if you have a UFE. If given the option to have another treatment for your fibroids, that may be safer until further data is available about pregnancy after UFE. If a woman has been told that hysterectomy is her only treatment option, we would be happy to discuss the possibility of UFE with her.