Dr. Robert Handley, a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist, offers a revolutionary in-office procedure, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (or UFE), to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids with significantly less downtime and no surgical incisions. Uterine fibroids are benign muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus and can be as small as an apple seed or as large as a grapefruit, and in unusual cases can become very large.
Symptoms typically include heavy menstrual bleeding (sometimes leading to anemia), pelvic pain and cramping, frequent urination, and sometimes constipation. Uterine Fibroid Embolization can be an excellent option for women experiencing heavy bleeding and other symptoms due to their uterine fibroids and who can’t take a lot of time of work for recovery from traditional surgery. Uterine Fibroid Embolization typically requires one week recovery time as compared to traditional fibroid surgery, which can require up to four to six weeks recovery time.
Dr. Handley explained, “Rather than removing the fibroids, this procedure shrinks them so that symptoms are either eliminated or greatly reduced. We insert a small catheter into an artery in the groin and guide the catheter to the uterine arteries where tiny particles are injected in order to cut off the blood flow to the fibroids. This causes them to shrink and eliminates their symptoms.” The procedure takes about an hour and a half. “We find that providing this and other outpatient procedures here in the office makes for a better experience for our patients and their families,” Dr. Handley said. “Patients don’t have to deal with the long waiting times and inflexibility of a hospital and can get more personal care and service as compared to having the procedure performed in the hospital.” Because Dr. Handley specializes in this cutting-edge procedure, he is currently doing more of these procedures than anyone else in the DFW area.
Before he started to perform the UFE procedure and other minimally invasive procedures in his outpatient interventional radiology practice, Dr. Handley started Flower Mound Vein Center and has been treating unsightly and painful varicose veins in both men and women. Dr. Handley can eliminate varicose veins and spider veins through minimally invasive techniques utilizing Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Microambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, or Visual Sclerotherapy.
Robert Handley began his education at Texas A&M, received a master’s degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake, and obtained a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency and vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
Dr. Handley is board certified by the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is also a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology and the American College of Phlebology. When not on the job, he enjoys flying his airplane, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and four children.
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
- Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy[/one_half]
- Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
- Visual Sclerotherapy
- Other minimally invasive outpatient procedures[/one_half_last]
Robert A. Handley, Jr., MD
4921 Long Prairie Road, Suite 110
Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Text: Meredith Knight
Photo: Lee Ann Baker, LABphotography