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The Fibroid Institute Dallas was founded in 2016 by Dr. Suzanne Slonim. Initially operating under the name Fibroid Free, this medical practice was created to provide women with the option of having definitive fibroid treatment without surgery. Since the Institute opened, over 2200 women have reached out to Dr. Slonim to be evaluated for treatment. There are offices in North Dallas near Medical City Dallas Hospital and in South Dallas near Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

Press Kit Contents

Is it always necessary to treat fibroids?

No, if the fibroids don’t cause symptoms, they can be left alone.

If I have multiple fibroids am I still a good candidate for a UFE?

Yes, UFE will treat every fibroid in the uterus at once.

How often is Uterine Fibroid Embolization UFE successful in treating fibroids?

UFE relieves the symptoms 90% of the time.

How long should I expect to be off work after having a Uterine Fibroid Embolization UFE?

Most women are back at work in 7-10 days.

What kind of follow up care is typical after a Uterine Fibroid Embolization UFE?

I see my patients 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after the procedure.

How soon after I see you can we schedule the procedure?

After the consultation and after you get your MRI, we just have to wait for your insurance to approve the UFE. That can take anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks.

Can I still get pregnant after having a Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

If getting pregnant is your top priority, UFE is not the right procedure for you. The available scientific studies indicate that UFE increases the risk of miscarriage. If you are trying to get pregnant, myomectomy is the procedure of choice to treat fibroids.

Will my insurance cover a Uterine Fibroid Embolization UFE?

Yes. Most major medical insurance companies cover UFE.

When is a myomectomy better than a UFE?

Myomectomy is the procedure of choice for a woman who wants to get pregnant in the future.

Are the fibroids hurting my chances of getting pregnant?

Most women with fibroids are easily able to get pregnant and have babies without any problems. But in some women with large or multiple fibroids, they can be a source of infertility.

Can fibroids be treated without surgery?

Yes, there are a few non-surgical or less invasive treatment options. Some medicines can temporarily relieve symptoms. An endometrial ablation can improve heavy bleeding. And UFE can permanently resolve all fibroid symptoms.

Will a Uterine Fibroid Embolization be able to treat very large fibroids?

Yes, there is not limit to the size of fibroids that can be treated. Treating large fibroids provides just as good symptom relief as treating smaller fibroids.

Will I still get my period after having a UFE?

Most women still get their periods after UFE, just much lighter. In women over 40, about half of them stop having periods. It’s not that their in menopause, it’s just that their cycles get so light that they don’t flow.

How will I feel throughout a Uterine Fibroid Embolization UFE procedure?

During the procedure, you’ll be asleep. You won’t feel anything and you won’t remember anything. After the procedure, you can be quite uncomfortable. You need to make sure your doctor will adequately manage your symptoms.

How do you determine if I am a candidate for UFE?

The initial evaluation for UFE is through a consultation with a doctor to review your history and physical exam. After that, an MRI is required. Looking at all that information, the doctor decides if you are a good candidate.

What happens to the fibroids after a UFE?

After a UFE, the fibroids will die and start to shrink. They will shrink over several months. I don’t expect to see the full effect for 3-6 months.

Will my fibroids or symptoms come back after having a UFE?

It is possible for fibroid symptoms to recur, depending on how long it will be before you go through menopause. Women who make fibroids continue to make fibroids until menopause. If you’ve had a UFE, all your fibroids will be dead and will not come back. But you could form new fibroids. If you’re in your 30’s and have 20 years before menopause, that’s enough time to grow new fibroids. But if you’re 47 and will go through menopause at 52, it’s very unlikely you have time to grow a fibroid big enough to cause you any symptoms.

What is a myomectomy?

Myomectomy is a surgery in which the fibroids are removed but the uterus is left in place.

What will happen if I don’t have my fibroids treated?

Your fibroids will continue growing until you go through menopause. If they never cause you problems, you can ignore them. But as they get bigger, they get more challenging to treat. If you are a young woman (in your 30’s) and already have large fibroids, it may be wise to take care of them before they get enormous and more difficult to manage.

Case Study

Jasmine, a forty-four-year-old African-American woman, came to see me at my office in Dallas with her daughter in tow. She was at the end of her rope with her periods and wanted to discuss treatment for her uterine fibroids. She had four children and did not plan to get pregnant again. She had a very heavy flow during her menstrual periods, passing clots and requiring a full box of sanitary pads each day. Her periods lasted 14 days. She had become very anemic due to the heavy blood loss and had recently been in the hospital. She had become so weak she had needed a blood transfusion. It wasn’t even the first time this had happened; she had also needed a blood transfusion just a few years earlier. At that time, she had been told she had fibroids and needed a hysterectomy.

Those are frightening words for any woman to hear.

Jasmine was worried, not just because she was afraid to have surgery, but because she was unable to take time off work. She was tearful during the visit because she was so sure she would not be able to afford treatment for her fibroids.

The idea of not being treated, however, was just as daunting. In addition to the heavy bleeding, she also had bad cramping pain with her periods, pelvic pressure, and back pain. Her symptoms were getting worse, to the point that she had started needing to wear Depends each day during her cycles.

After evaluating her, we decided that her best treatment option was Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). She was delighted to learn that the procedure could be performed in our office and that she could go home the same day. UFE was covered by her insurance too. She was over the moon. For the first time, she had hope.

After the procedure, Jasmine’s symptoms began to improve. At her last follow-up visit four months after the UFE, her menstrual flow was down to five days, she was no longer passing clots, her pelvic pressure and back pain were gone, and her menstrual cramps were much improved.

It has now been over two years since her treatment. She hasn’t needed another blood transfusion, she’s no longer anemic, and she hasn’t ever had to wear Depends again. She’s very happy with her results.

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