Dr. Hardee and Dr. Fox also specialize in performing Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a less invasive treatment option for uterine fibroids and adenomyosis. We see patients at our Houston Fibroids locations in Katy, Bellaire, and Sugar Land for UFE consultations and treatment.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow throughout the uterus and are typically diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 55. Fibroids can cause symptoms including heavy periods, an enlarged abdomen, pelvic pain or pressure, urinary incontinence, pain during sexual intercouse, or constipation. Symptoms can vary depending on the location and size of the fibroid tumor.
While African American women are at a higher risk, more than half of all women will develop fibroids in their lifetime.
What are my treatment options?
For women who experience symptoms caused by uterine fibroids, there are multiple treatment options available to help improve the quality of life. More conservative treatments include watchful waiting or hormone therapy, while surgical treatments include a myomectomy or hysterectomy.
Uterine fibroid embolization, also known as uterine artery embolization, is a less invasive treatment with a high success rate in shrinking fibroids and lessening symptoms.
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
UFE does not require anesthesia and is performed through an artery in your groin or wrist as an outpatient procedure. Recovery after UFE is shorter and has a lower risk of complications than a general surgery for fibroid removal.
During the procedure, a catheter guided through your femoral or radial artery injects embolic material to the blood vessels feeding the fibroid tumor. When the blood flow to the fibroid is cut off, the fibroid shrinks and patients see improved symptoms.
Patient Reviews for UFE
UFE has a high success rate for treating symptoms of uterine fibroids. Read through patient success stories following UFE treatment on our Houston Fibroids website.
If you’re interested in learning more about uterine fibroid embolization, a non-surgical treatment for fibroids, visit houstonfibroids.com.