Steps Leading up to UFE Treatment at Houston Fibroids
If you or a loved one is living with painful and life-altering symptoms due to uterine fibroids, uterine fibroid embolization or UFE may be a suitable option to mitigate symptoms for good and improve your overall quality of life.
At Houston Fibroids, we recognize that uterine fibroids can grow and become worse over time if left untreated, leaving you with future health problems caused by these non-cancerous but often large and painful tumors.
Whether you’ve been told you should receive UFE treatment or are in the market to find the best uterine fibroid treatment option for you, understanding the steps to UFE treatment is essential to making an informed decision that’s right for you.
Let’s explore the steps involved in UFE treatment.
Essential Steps to Consider Before UFE Treatment
If you feel UFE might be the right treatment option for you, we encourage you to follow these steps before scheduling your procedure.
1. Do your homework on UFE and fibroid treatments.
Although we are happy and willing to provide expert advice and a comprehensive treatment plan, we encourage you to research which uterine fibroid treatments are appropriate for you.
Check out websites that provide relevant, informative, and up-to-date content, such as:
- The National Uterine Fibroid Foundation (www.nuff.org),
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (www.acog.org)
- The Society of Interventional Radiology (www.sirweb.org)
Making an informed decision on the procedure that’s right for you starts with a deep understanding of all information and options available to you.
2. Talk to your OBGYN about your symptoms and concerns.
Your obstetrician, or gynecologist (OBGYN), is a specialist physician who provides medical and surgical care to women. They have particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive system disorders. When discussing uterine fibroids in more detail, your OBGYN will help you understand more about fibroids, including related symptoms, at-home care, potential fertility complications, and treatment options.
3. Don’t shy away from other professional opinions after your OBGYN discussion.
Although a good source of reproductive healthcare management, OBGYNs may not provide you with the answers you were hoping for, and that’s okay. In that case, we encourage you to obtain a complete copy of your medical records from your current OBGYN and do not hesitate to discuss treatment options with other doctors. Keep talking until you are comfortable with what you hear. You and your doctor should both be satisfied with your treatment plan.
Consider speaking directly with a uterine fibroid specialist. At Houston Fibroids, we specialize in uterine fibroid embolization, allowing us to quickly help you determine if you’re a good candidate for UFE.
4. Talk to other women with uterine fibroids.
Try to identify and speak with women who have had treatments for their uterine fibroids to learn about their individual experiences. Discuss alternatives with your doctor, so they understand that you are informed and to see if you are a potential candidate for UFE. Aside from direct contacts, you may know, many hospitals have women’s health seminars that feature a discussion on fibroids. The more sources you use, the better you’ll feel about making a final treatment decision.
5. Make an appointment at Houston Fibroids.
Sometimes it takes a specialist to provide you with the most advanced treatment options available.
At Houston Fibroids, we specialize in UFE treatment for fibroids and would be happy to discuss your unique healthcare needs and the option for UFE with you.
Here are some questions you may want to ask us during your initial consultation:
- How do you coordinate my care with my OBGYN?
- Which OBGYNs refer to you for UFE?
- How often is the procedure successful in treating uterine fibroids?
- Are your patients happy with the procedure?
- How often do complications occur? What are typical complications?
- How will I feel during and after the UFE procedure?
- How long should I expect to be away from work?
- What is the length of the procedure?
- What is the average recovery time?
- How long should I expect to stay in the hospital?
- What kind of follow-up care is typical, and who manages it?
- What happens to the fibroids after the blood supply is cut off? Should I expect them to be expelled vaginally, or will the procedure simply result in my fibroids shrinking?
- Will my fibroids, or the symptoms of my fibroids, come back?
- Will I still get my periods after having UFE, and what will they be like?
- Will my insurance cover uterine fibroid embolization?
To schedule an appointment with us, use our easy online appointment system or give us a call today at 713-575-3686 for more information.