Houston, TX: Access Vascular Health offers interventional radiology treatments to women with fibroids. The main indicators that a patient needs fibroid treatment include pelvic pressure, fatigue, bloating, heavy menstrual bleeding/period, and pain during or after intercourse, among others. To treat benign masses, the clinic uses Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally-invasive alternative to myomectomy and hysterectomy.
Treating uterine fibroids through UFE has demonstrated substantial long-term success — with approximately nine out of ten patients experiencing a significant improvement or their symptoms fading. It is also ideal for treating different types of fibroids, such as subserosal (the most common type of tumor), intramural (which develops in muscular uterus walls), and submucosal (a rare tumor that grows on the inner uterus lining).
The clinic uses various methods to diagnose fibroids, such as checking their history and symptoms. Dr. Maneevese, one of the first female radiologists offering UFE in Houston, then identifies the arteries feeding the fibroid. Unlike past interventions involving surgical removal of tumors (under anesthesia), the radiologist uses wires and catheters with image guidance to treat the condition. The clinic may further recommend diagnostic imaging using computerized tomography (CT), pelvic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or hysterosalpingography.
The patient avoids surgery thanks to the minimally invasive Fibroid treatment and interventional radiology. The intervention, endorsed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin, also assists them in preserving their uterus and controlling symptoms. Besides an impressive success rate, UFE is an outpatient procedure, and patients are allowed to go back home and rest on the same day.
In addition, the radiology clinic offers atherosclerosis treatments to patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). One is diagnosed with PAD when the arteries that deliver blood to their legs and arms become clogged with a sticky substance — mostly fat, cholesterol, blood, and calcium. Like other treatments, the radiologist uses X-rays to locate the diseased areas before opening up the vessel to restore flow. Patients with symptoms such as aching legs, numbness, skin changes, swelling, and restlessness can also make an appointment for further checks.
Access Vascular Health: Michelle Maneevese, MD, offers enlarged prostate treatment. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which affects 50% of men in their 50s and over 90% in their 70s, can be treated through a process known as prostate artery embolization (PAE). The resident radiologist — the only female provider of PAE in Houston — first finds the blood vessels feeding the prostate. To shrink them, Dr. Maneevese injects microscopic beads into the blood vessels to decrease the blood flow.
Access Vascular Health: Michelle Maneevese, MD, is located at 5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170, Houston, TX, 77007, US. Patients interested in fibroid treatment and interventional radiology or other minimally invasive solutions can contact the radiologist at 832-981-5781. Visit the website and social media pages for more information.
Access Vascular Health: Michelle Maneevese, MD
Michelle Maneevese, MD
5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170
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