What are Leimyomas of the Uterus?
Leiomyomas (myomas) are non-cancerous growths in the uterus, or womb. Leiomyomas (also known as fibroids) 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 myomas 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 aka myomas).
• 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
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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Diagnosing Leiomyomas / Myomas / Fibroids
The specialists at Fibroid Institute Dallas 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.
Our clinics are 100% focused on fibroids. Experience matters.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
A Non-Surgical Treatment for Leiomyomas / Myomas / Fibroids
Our number one patient-preferred treatment option is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). This state-of-the-art procedure requires no surgery, no incision, and no vaginal access. See why UFE is the right choice for you to become Fibroid Free and take your life back:
Uterine fibroid embolization stops blood supply to 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.
Covered by most major insurances and Medicare.
Direct access to fibroid doctors. Unmatched, highly specialized patient care.
Meet Our Fibroid Experts
Dr. Suzanne Slonim and Dr. Uma Reddy are board certified interventional radiologists, trained to perform minimally invasive procedures with x-ray guidance. They are among only 12 percent in their highly specialized field who are women.
The doctors have completed more than 36,000 interventional radiology cases over the course of a combined 33 years of experience, making this team extremely qualified as your fibroid specialists. By performing UFE in-office, Drs. Slonim and Reddy are fulfilling their passion to help women live without uterine myomas, free from major surgery.
Find out why so many women turn to Drs. Slonim and Reddy, with the Fibroid Institute Dallas team, for non-surgical myoma treatment in Dallas/Fort Worth and all of North Texas.
“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. We are going to take the time to explain everything, tell you all the alternatives, and answer all your questions. We’ve helped thousands of women bothered by fibroids. We are on your side.”
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 care for your 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. There is no vaginal access. Since normal recovery time is only 7-10 days, you can get back to your life quickly and with less pain!”
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions that come up regularly about fibroid treatment:
Do All Cases Require Myoma Treatment?
No. Treatment is only required in 10% to 20% of fibroid cases. Most uterine myoma 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.
See and hear how UFE has improved the lives of our patients: