Houston, TX – Uterine fibroids are benign masses caused by the proliferation of smooth muscle cells in the myometrium. The condition affects 20-80% of women by growing on the outer uterine wall, the inner lining of the uterus, or the uterine muscular wall. Dr. Michelle Maneevese of Access Vascular Health, a leading vascular interventional radiology clinic in Houston, believes in accessible healthcare. The Medical clinic desires to change the industry approach to fibroid treatments by actively guiding, educating, and hearing patients before using advanced technology to empower them to feel better and live longer.
In the past, hysterectomies and myomectomies were uterine fibroid treatments. However, current advancements in the medical industry have allowed for minimally invasive methods using moderate sedation. Michelle Nguyen Maneevese, M.D., a fellowship-trained vascular and interventional radiologist, uses Interventional Radiology to address women’s health issues.
The minimally invasive specialty uses catheters and wires under direct image guidance to treat different diseases throughout the body using a small skin incision. Significant research has been performed on long-term outcomes of Interventional Radiology (IR) fibroid treatment, demonstrating substantial symptom improvement. Dr. Maneevese has been using uterine artery embolization (UAE) or uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) procedures. Based on available evidence, UFEs have been endorsed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin as an effective method of treating fibroids, especially for women desiring to keep their uteri.
While uterine fibroid symptoms vary from patient to patient, Michelle Maneevese, MD, advises women to look for signals. They include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure/fullness/bloating, constant/dull pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, discomfort during sexual intercourse, infertility, and pregnancy complications. Dr. Maneevese diagnoses uterine fibroids by examining a patient’s medical history, understanding their symptoms, and asking relevant questions. She then starts diagnostic imaging using MRIs, pelvic ultrasounds, or computer tomography. Based on a gynecologist’s recommendation, the physician may perform specialty x-rays to discover if the fibroids are blocking the fallopian tubes or inhibiting normal uterine function.
Once completed, Dr. Maneevese advises patients on the best treatment option based on their symptoms, medical history, age, reproductive goals, location, preferences, and size. She performs UAE for patients who wish to preserve their fertility or seek minimally invasive treatment options. Throughout treatment, the physician educates patients about the condition, risk factors of developing fibroids, healthy lifestyle choices, at-home care, when to see a gynecologist, and other women’s issues.
Alongside fibroid treatment, Access Vascular Health offers spider vein treatment Houston, prostate artery embolization, and peripheral artery disease. When she’s not treating patients, Dr. Maneevese works on global health initiatives, travels to train physicians on minimally invasive procedures, and treats patients in underserved populations. To book an appointment, visit their website or call 832-981-5781. The clinic is located at 5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170, Houston, TX, 77007, USA.
Access Vascular Health: Michelle Maneevese, MD
Michelle Maneevese, MD
5151 Katy Freeway Suite 170
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