For years, Leah suffered from abnormally heavy bleeding during her menstrual cycles due to fibroids. Though she jokes that her menstrual bleeding “used to be like a crime scene!” Leah admits she was very embarrassed by it, especially at work. To contain the bleeding, Leah wore a large girdle to help hold the “hugest” maxi pads in place. She also wore tampons. Even with that coverage, she needed to change her sanitary items every 30 to 60 minutes for 7 to 9 days!
In addition to period problems, she was so fatigued. Staying awake at work was even difficult. Leah’s symptoms included:
- Extremely heavy cycles
- Enlarged abdomen
- Constant fatigue
- Lack of clarity
Leah came to Fibroid Institute Dallas after appointments with other doctors failed to give her the fibroid treatment support she was seeking. After even considering a hysterectomy—ready to try anything to find relief from heavy bleeding—she was disappointed by the lack of minimally invasive treatment information to address her fibroid symptoms. Fortunately, Leah found out about Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and Dr. Suzanne Slonim.
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Leah Learned About Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
In her consultation at Fibroid Institute Dallas, Leah learned that UFE is a minimally invasive procedure which shrinks fibroids while allowing her to keep her uterus. Plus, since the procedure is non-surgical, recovery time is much shorter than with traditional fibroid removal surgery. Leah would be able to return to her usual activities much more quickly. As a bonus, there are no incisions and no noticeable scarring, only a tiny nick on the wrist to provide the UFE procedure.
Leah also learned that Black women have a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids and they develop fibroids at a younger age than other women. They also experience more severe symptoms, like the heavy bleeding Leah struggled with every month.
According to the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the rate of hospitalization for fibroids is three times higher for Black women than white women. They are also two to three times more likely to undergo a hysterectomy and seven times more likely to have a myomectomy. In these surgeries, complications and blood transfusions are more common than in white women.
Since Black women historically suffer greater complications during fibroid removal surgery, finding alternative treatments is beneficial to successful results. UFE is a great option for women in the Black community experiencing moderate to severe fibroid symptoms. Fibroid Institute Dallas strives to educate and support women in understanding all options, benefits, and risks of treatment for fibroid relief.
Knowledgeable and Caring Fibroid Treatment
Fibroid Institute Dallas values the importance of patient care and education in addition to advanced medical treatment. Dr. Suzanne Slonim, with over 30,000 procedures and 25+ years in interventional radiology, specializes in helping women find relief from symptoms without fibroid surgery. Based on this experience, she has developed a unique treatment program that focuses on caring for women seeking treatment options.
Benefits Patients Appreciate from Fibroid Institute Dallas Include:
- Free phone screenings with a fibroid nurse practitioner to check if you are eligible for UFE.
- Listening to concerns and questions about fibroid symptoms, including heavy bleeding.
- Physical examination (not traditional pelvic exam), medical history and any necessary labs to diagnose uterine fibroids.
- Availability of onsite ultrasound and MRI imaging at our Dallas office.
- Discuss goals and treatment options based on patient preferences and needs.
- Spending the time to ensure each patient understands the UFE procedure.
- Detailed instructions and guidelines for what to expect before and after the procedure.
- Sharing Dr. Slonim’s personal phone number for patient questions.
- Personalized concierge services from insurance through communication with referring doctors.
From Start to Finish, Leah Is Happy with Her Fibroid Treatment Journey
After Leah’s UFE treatment, there has been a huge difference in her monthly periods. First, the duration is shorter, now it only lasting about 6 days. Second, she does not experience the same heavy bleeding and can use a regular maxi pad. She no longer needs to dress and gear up like she is “going to war.” Leah is grateful for the UFE procedure.
Leah is also grateful for Dr. Slonim and the entire team at Fibroid Institute Dallas. She felt cared about, heard and supported during the entire process, from consultation through recovery. She said the staff was knowledgeable, well-studied, and overall amazing. She shares, “it makes a difference when you feel that someone actually cares and values patients.” She recommends Dr. Slonim and her staff to anyone suffering from fibroids. Thanks to Dr. Slonim and the understanding team at Fibroid Institute, Leah is thrilled to be Fibroid Free!
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Suzanne Slonim
Do you experience excessive and heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycles? Are your periods longer than normal? Do you need the hugest maxi pads you can find and change them often? If fibroids are negatively affecting your life, Fibroid Institute Dallas can help.
A Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Award recipient, Dr. Suzanne Slonim is also voted Best Doctor in D Magazine and listed in 2020 Super Doctors by Texas Monthly. She is the North Texas leader in UFE fibroid treatment without surgery. She founded the Fibroid Institute Dallas and the Fibroid Free movement to relieve women of painful fibroid symptoms and educate them on treatment options. “Women need to know hysterectomy is not the only option for fibroids,” said Slonim. She has successfully helped countless women take control of their lives and become Fibroid Free.
To learn more about the revolutionary, non-surgical, fibroid treatment, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), call 214-838-6440 or complete the form below. You will need a formal consultation before scheduling your procedure. Telehealth consults and/or an in-office appointments are available.
Fibroid Institute Dallas serves the DFW area including Garland, Mesquite, Richardson, Addison, Carrollton, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Dallas, Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Cockrell Hill, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Grand Prairie, Arlington, HEB, Fort Worth, Hutchins, Irving, and all of North Texas.
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.