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Published:  August 17, 2009

Minimally Invasive Procedure for Fibroid Removal

A minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy for women with fibroids is now being performed at St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital. The procedure, known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization, involves no surgery, incision or general anesthesia, and the patient can return to work within 7-10 days. A traditional hysterectomy has a six- to eight-week recovery time.

John H. Fischer II, MD, interventional radiologist, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, has performed more than 800 Uterine Fibroid Embolizations. He now has brought his expertise to St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, where he performed the hospital's first embolization on July 24.

“Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a good option for many patients, but it's not appropriate for everyone," said Dr. Fischer. “The most important information for a woman with fibroids to have is to be aware of all the options available. This particular procedure is 90-95% effective in properly selected patients.”

The procedure involves making a tiny puncture in the femoral artery (groin area). A catheter is then fed through the femoral artery to the uterine arteries. Particles are injected, which cut off the blood supply to the fibroids, making them shrink and die. Female patients needing this procedure are typically referred to Dr. Fischer from their gynecologists.  Talk to your physician about this procedure.

For a physician referral, call 832-355-3974, or log on to  Dr. Fischer’s website is

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