What are Leiomyomas?

Leiomyomas (fibroids) are non-cancerous growths in the uterus, or womb. Leiomyomas develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the womb. Leiomyomas are not cysts. Leiomyomas consist of dense tissue and occur only in the uterus, while cysts form on the ovaries and are fluid-filled.

Leiomyomas 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.

Who Can Get Leiomyomas?

Fibroids (leiomyomas) are very common. As many as 3 out of 4 women will develop leiomyomas 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.

Fibroid Removal &Treatment

Traditionally doctors used hysterectomies to remove leiomyomas aka uterine fibroids. However, today hysterectomies are no longer always the best option. Experts can effectively treat leiomyomas with procedures such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) that do not require surgery.

Are you experiencing any of the following  symptoms?

If yes, you could be one of the many women suffering from uterine fibroids (leiomyomas).

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

Period pain

Are you a candidate for treating your fibroids without surgery? A 10-minute free phone screening is all it takes to find out.

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Not recommended for women planning to get pregnant.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

A Non-Surgical Treatment for Leiomyomas /Fibroids

Our number one patient-preferred treatment option is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This is a state-of-the-art procedure is performed by trained physicians. See why UFE is the right choice for you to become Fibroid Free and take your life back:

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Patient Preferred

Uterine Fibroid Embolization cuts off the blood supply to the fibroids so it is unnecessary to remove the uterus.

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Minimally Invasive

While the patient is sedated, UFE is done through a puncture the size of a grain of rice. It heals with almost no scarring.

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Quick Recovery

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.

Most major insurances accepted.

Diagnosing Leiomyomas

The specialists at Fibroid Institute Dallas are experts at accurately and quickly diagnosing fibroids. After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam at your consultation, 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.

Meet Our Fibroid Experts

Fibroid Specialist Voted Best Doctor Dallas, honoree Dallas Business Journal’s Women In Business Award, Texas Monthly Super Doctors

Suzanne Slonim, MD

Dr. Slonim is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist, trained to perform minimally invasive procedures with x-ray guidance.  She received her education and training from several prestigious universities, including George Washington University School of Medicine, UCLA and Stanford University.

Dr. Slonim has done more than 30,000 interventional radiology cases over the course of 25 years, making her extremely qualified to lead the UFE team at Fibroid Institute Dallas.

“When you need treatment for your fibroids, you want a doctor you can talk to. You want someone who understands you. You want someone you can trust. I’m going to take the time to explain everything, tell you all the alternatives, and answer all your questions. I’ve been performing uterine fibroid embolization to treat women bothered by fibroids for 25 years. I’m on your side.”

— Suzanne Slonim, MD
Founder, Fibroid Institute Dallas

Fibroid Nurse Practitioner

Esther Kibira, NP

Esther is a board-certified nurse practitioner with specialization in vascular interventional radiology. She has been a critical care and interventional radiology nurse for most of her career. 

With more than 20 years of experience as a nurse, Esther has a passion for interventions that provide relief to patients and help them regain their health.  Her experience and advanced level of training make her an essential part of our UFE treatment team.

“Giving the best possible treatment for fibroids is our goal. That’s why we recommend a minimally-invasive treatment, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This entire procedure is performed through a tiny puncture. Plus, the normal recovery time is just 7-10 days, so you can get back to your life quickly and with less pain!”

— Esther Kibira, FNP
Nurse practitioner, Fibroid Institute Dallas

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few questions that come up regularly about fibroid treatment:

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?

UFE is not recommended if you are planning to get pregnant. There is a small amount of evidence that suggests a slightly higher miscarriage rate if you have a UFE. It is certainly possible to have a normal pregnancy, normal delivery, and normal baby after having the procedure. However, if you have the option to have another treatment for your fibroids, that would 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.

Contact Us Now to Request a Free Phone Screening

Looking for fibroid treatment without surgery? See if you qualify for UFE.
Only 10-15 minutes is all it takes for a free phone screening. You will speak with one of our expert fibroid nurses. She will cover your symptoms and a brief medical history to determine your eligibility.
Not recommended for women planning to get pregnant.

Patient Testimonials

See and hear how UFE has improved the lives of our patients:

Meet Dr. Suzanne Slonim

See why so many patients have already selected Dr. Suzanne Slonim for their fibroid treatment. Watch the video:

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Experience for yourself what Patient Centered Care is all about.

Visit One of Our Locations

North Dallas

Fibroid Institute Dallas - North

12840 Hillcrest Road, Suite E104
Dallas, TX 75230

Located at southwest corner of LBJ Freeway (Interstate 635) and Hillcrest Road.

South Dallas

1010 E. Wheatland Road, Suite 200
Duncanville, TX 75116

Located on East Wheatland Road with easy access from I-20 and Highway 67

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