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Interventional & Vascular Care (IVC) provides minimally invasive image-guided procedures (MIIPs) to patients in the Dallas metroplex. Specializing in peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, uterine fibroids, and other conditions.

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We take the least invasive approach to uterine fibroid treatment, so you can keep your uterusrecover faster, and get back to your life as quickly as possible.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus. Fibroids can cause a number of challenging symptoms, the most common of which are heavy menstrual bleeding and pain in the pelvic region.

 

If you're considering fibroid treatment, you have the option of having your uterus surgically removed (hysterectomy), having your fibroids surgically removed (myomectomy), or having your fibroids treated with a minimally invasive therapy called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Here at Interventional and Vascular Care, fibroid treatment with uterine fibroid embolization is available in Dallas, Texas.

Fibroid Diagnosis

If you suspect that you have uterine fibroids but haven't received a formal diagnosis, you can review your symptoms and risk factors here.

Fibroid Treatment

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is the least invasive treatment option for fibroids. Learn more about how it works and why we provide it.

Treatment Options

Deciding which fibroid treatment is best for you isn't always easy. We provide more detail on fibroid treatment options so you can make an informed decision.

Safe

Simple

Minimally Invasive

Fibroid Treatment Dallas Texas

"From the moment I setup the initial appointment to speak with Dr. Fritts, to after my final procedure, the entire staff was phenomenal. I have been to many specialists, for many reasons, and Dr. Fritts and his staff truly stand out. They understood the nature and complexity of my case and I was very at ease with our conversations as well as the "plan of attack." At no point did I feel like a number. No question was silly or stupid, and my complex case was never undermined. I highly recommend Dr. Fritts and his staff of experts."

-- Erin in Dallas, TX

Fibroid Removal Doctor in Dallas, TX

Dr. Aaron Fritts, MD

Interventional & Vascular Specialist

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a board-certified Vascular & Interventional Radiologist that specializes in minimally invasive uterine fibroid treatment (UFE) in Dallas Texas. Dr. Fritts is passionate about helping women overcome the debilitating symptoms of uterine fibroids, and because of his continued commitment to high quality care, Dr. Fritts was recently selected as a SuperDoctors Rising Star and has been voted one of D-Magazine's best doctors in Dallas. IVC can be your fibroid treatment center!

Fibroid Care in Dallas, TX

Living With Fibroids

Uterine fibroids (also called ‘leiomyomas’) are extremely common non-cancerous smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. They arise in reproductive-age women and typically present with symptoms of abnormal uterine bleeding and pelvic pain. Around 7% of women in the United States are living with symptomatic fibroids, and many more are living with fibroids with no symptoms.

Fibroids can develop at various locations throughout the uterus at sizes ranging from undetectable growths to massive tumors that distort the shape of the uterus and obstruct nearby organ systems. Fibroids receive the majority of their blood supply directly from the uterine arteries and have a tendency to grow over time if left untreated.

Fibroid Symptoms

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy bleeding is the most common symptom of fibroids. Bleeding abnormalities include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or prolonged duration of menstrual bleeding (longer than 6 days)

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Frequent periods, more often than every 24 days

  • Irregular or unpredictable periods

Fibroid Pain

Fibroids can cause a variety of pain patterns that depend on the size and location of the fibroids:

  • Acute or chronic pelvic pain

  • Excessively painful periods, pain after period ends, or pain occurring mid-cycle

  • Pain during intercourse or when using the bathroom

  • Backache / leg pain

Bulk Symptoms

Growing fibroids can press on the nearby gastrointestinal and urinary organ systems, causing:

  • Pressure sensations on the bladder or inside your abdomen

  • Frequent urination, difficulty urinating, or urinary incontinence

  • Constipation or tenesmus (persistent feeling of having to use the bathroom)

  • Bloating or weight gain, especially in the pelvic region

Fibroid Risk Factors

  • Older Age  |  women in their 40's and 50's are much more likely to have fibroids than younger women

  • African American  |  black women are at 2 to 3 times higher risk of developing fibroids than white, hispanic, or asian women

  • Obesity, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes  |  these conditions have been associated with higher fibroid risk

  • Hormone Levels  |  estrogen and progesterone, hormones produced by the ovaries, are thought to contribute to fibroid growth

  • Family History  |  fibroids may run in your family

Fibroids Diagnosis

Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed with a simple non-invasive ultrasound evaluation, but an MRI scan may be helpful to get a better picture of your uterus and may be preferred by your physician to rule out other conditions.

IVC is a fully staffed fibroid imaging and treatment center that can help you confirm if you're living with fibroids, and give you a head start on understanding your options if you're fibroid positive. We'll help relieve your fibroid symptoms and get fibroid pain treatment. Give us a call to book your consultation.

 

Fibroid Treatment in Dallas, TX

Non Surgical Fibroid Treatment with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Fibroids receive the majority of their blood supply directly from the uterine arteries. This blood supply is required for fibroids to grow and maintain their size. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also called uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a minimally invasive procedure in which tiny particles are injected into the uterine artery to cut off blood supply to the fibroids. After UFE, the fibroids shrink and symptoms are relieved.

 

Uterine fibroid embolization is available at IVC in Dallas, TX.

Advantages of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

UFE Procedure: a small tube called a catheter is guided through the blood vessels to reach the fibroids. Microbeads are injected through the catheter into the fibroid, blocking the fibroid's blood supply.

Minimally Invasive

UFE is a catheter-delivered therapy that is performed through a single puncture in the leg. Unlike major surgery, there's no cutting, which means minimal trauma and faster recovery time.

Image-Guided

UFE treatment is performed under the guidance of fluoroscopic imaging. This allows your doctor to safely provide therapy directly to the fibroids with minimal risk of side effects.

Fibroid Relief

UFE shrinks fibroids by starving them of their blood supply, providing relief from heavy bleeding, pain, and other fibroid symptoms.

Simple Procedure

The UFE procedure takes less than an hour and involves no major incisions

Rapid Recovery Time

UFE has the least downtime of any fibroid procedure.

No Hospital Stay

UFE is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home on the same day as your procedure.

Pregnancy Possible

UFE keeps the uterus healthy and intact, so pregnancy is still possible afterwards.

 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Q&A

Have questions about uterine fibroid embolization?

We have answers.

Compare Fibroid Treatment Options

Medications

Medications will not eliminate fibroids to the effect of interventional treatments (embolization, myomectomy), but they may be used to help manage fibroid symptoms such as bleeding or as a pre-operative treatment to improve intervention outcomes.

Myomectomy

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon selectively cuts out the fibroids while keeping the uterus intact.

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure and the most invasive option for fibroid treatment. Hysterectomy involves the partial or complete removal of the uterus, eliminating any ability to become pregnant.

UFE Procedure: Unlike surgery, UFE does not require any major incisions. The procedure is done by an Interventional & Vascular Specialist using small tubes and wires.

Fibroid Treatment Options

Myomectomy

Hysterectomy

Invasiveness

Hospital Stay

Recovery Time

Pregnancy   Possible After

Fibroid Recurrence

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Minimally Invasive

0 to 1 day

1 to 2 weeks*

Yes

10% at 2 years

Major Surgery

1 to 3 days*

2 to 6 weeks*

Yes

10% at 2 years

Major Surgery

1 to 3 days*

2 to 6 weeks*

No

None

* Hospital stay and recovery time depend on surgical technique.

At Interventional and Vascular Care, we take the least invasive approach to fibroid treatment, so you can keep your uterus, recover faster, and get back to your life as quickly as possible. Give us a call to schedule your visit today! We look forward to your visit.

 

References

[1] Zimmermann (2012). Prevalence, symptoms and management of uterine fibroids: An international internet-based survey of 21,746 women. BMC Women’s Health, 12(1), 6.

[2] Pavone (2018). Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Uterine Fibroids. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. Jan; 46:3-11.

[3] Gupta (2014). Uterine artery embolization for symptomatic uterine fibroids ( Review ). Cochrane Library, (5).

[4] Faustino (2017). Update on medical treatment of uterine fibroids. European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 216, 61–68.

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