Houston, TX: Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas, affect 20-50% of women. Patients may experience various symptoms, such as pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure, and genitourinary symptoms. While leiomyomas may sometimes not exhibit any signs, it is one of the leading causes of infertility among women.
Access Vascular Health, offers a minimally invasive treatment to such patients through a treatment known as uterine artery embolization (UAE). The image-guided medical procedure is more advanced than traditional surgical processes of excising fibroids (hysterectomy and myomectomy).
Before the non-surgical fibroid treatment, Doctor Michelle Maneevese recommends a detailed diagnosis. In the process, the interventional radiologist will examine the patient’s medical history and may recommend various diagnostic imaging. She uses pelvic ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), and MRI results to determine whether the patient has uterine fibroids.
In addition to the three diagnostic imaging techniques, the clinic may recommend a special x-ray and hysterosalpingography to check the patient’s fallopian tubes and whether the fibroids are blocking them. After the detailed testing and imaging, Access Vascular Health performs uterine artery embolization (UAE).
Under direct image guidance, Access Vascular Health Houston uses wires and catheters to treat the condition. The treatment, endorsed by the American College of Obstetrics, and Gynecologists Bulletin, is also an effective option for patients who wish to keep their uteri and preserve their fertility.
The Houston-based interventional radiologist also offers peripheral artery disease treatment (PAD). It is available to patients experiencing various symptoms, such as throbbing legs, swelling, cramping, and pain due to plaque blocks on their arteries. While they may be blocked by different substances such as calcium, plaque, and sticky substances made of fat, the intervention is almost similar.
The radiologist first uses advanced techniques to know the severity of the condition before offering a minimally-invasive treatment. Dr. Michelle Maneevese uses a special dye injected through the artery to locate diseased areas accurately. She then restores the blood flow, reducing pain and other symptoms.
With the advancement in technology and the doctor’s experience, the process is fast, and the patient can go home on the same day. And like other treatments offered at Access Vascular Health, patients can easily book an appointment via the website before a physical visit.
The center offers minimally invasive treatment to patients with symptoms such as inability to urinate, frequent urination, incontinence, and weak urine stream due to enlarged prostate. The procedure, also known as prostate artery embolization (PAE), involves finding vessels that feed the prostate with blood and using microscopic beads to cut the flow. In addition, the interventional radiologist uses the same procedure to treat other related conditions, such as erectile dysfunction.
Access Vascular Health is located at 5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170, Houston, TX, 77007, US. Patients can contact the clinic at 832-981-5781 to book an appointment with Dr. Michelle Maneevese. Visit the website for more information.
Access Vascular Health: Michelle Maneevese, MD
Michelle Maneevese, MD
5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170
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