What Are Fibroids?

What-about-fibroids-blog-imageFibroids are, generally, noncancerous (benign) growths of the uterus that often occur during a woman’s childbearing years. They are also commonly referred to as uterine fibroids, fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas. Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids can range in size, from very small to as large as a grapefruit. It is not uncommon for women to develop uterine fibroids; thankfully they aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.

Types Of Fibroids

There are four types of fibroids:

  • Intramural fibroids – Grow within the muscular wall of the uterus and are the most common type of fibroid.
  • Submucosal fibroids – Grow in the uterine lining and may cause heavier than normal menstrual bleeding.
  • Subserosal fibroids – Grow outwards from the outer covering of the uterus and may create pressure on the bladder resulting in incontinence and the constant urge to urinate.
  • Pedunculated fibroids – have a stalk attaching them to the uterus and may grow either on the outside of the uterus or inside it.

Who Is At Risk?

As many as 3 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives, but most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Your doctor may discover fibroids incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound. Women between the ages of 30 to 50 are the most likely to develop fibroids. Also, overweight and obese women are at much higher risk of developing fibroids, as compared to women of average weight.

How Are Fibroids Diagnosed?

Typically, fibroids are discovered on a routine visit to your doctor during a vaginal examination. Whereas most women will not know they have fibroids, it is very important to have regular examinations, especially for those with higher risk factors.

Here are some other methods of detection for uterine fibroids:

  • Ultrasound – If the doctor thinks fibroids may be present he/she may use an ultrasound scan to determine their presence.
  • Hysteroscopy – This involves a small scope that examines the inside of the uterus. During this procedure, if necessary, a biopsy can be taken of the lining of the uterus.
  • Laparoscopy – This involves a device that allows your doctor to visualize inside your abdomen. Laparoscopy looks at the outside of the uterus – where the doctor examines its size and shape.

In conclusion, it is not uncommon for a woman to have uterine fibroids, and in most cases they experience no complications. However, some patients may experience symptoms so severe it disrupts their everyday lives, to the extent where routine task can become impossible.

If you feel you may have the symptoms or have been diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors, it is a good idea to discuss all of the available treatments for fibroids with a qualified doctor.

Looking For More Information On Treating Uterine Fibroids?

Call Acessa Health at 877.412.3828.

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An Acessa Patient’s Experience

As with any medical procedure, not knowing what to expect, you may have questions and concerns. If you are considering having your surgeon treat you with the Acessa System, please watch this video. In this video one of our patient’s, Tina, describes her experience the day of the procedure, and shortly thereafter. This may address a few of your concerns and at the same time put your mind at ease.

Outpatient Procedure

You will discover, as Tina did the day of her treatment, before the procedure takes place all your questions will be answered. She spoke with her doctors and they explained to her exactly what was going to happen. Soon after meeting with her doctors, she went into the outpatient surgery center for the Acessa Procedure and everything went great! Tina had experience with other surgical procedures, because she had a Caesarean section when one of her children was born. Her memory of that procedure was not positive because the doctor had to make a large incision in her abdomen, and as a result she had a lot of pain and a long recovery period. However, with the Acessa Procedure, she went in relaxed, and with a piece of mind knowing she wasn’t going to have a large incision made this time. Her recollection of the procedure was as easy as going to sleep, waking up, and walking out on her own.

Rapid Recovery

Following the procedure she merely rested for a couple days, and noticed her bleeding had stopped almost immediately. Tina describes how her bleeding issues had gone on for well over 2 years, making her everyday life almost unbearable. Even the simplest of tasks, such as going to the grocery store, were made difficult. After surgery, the suffering just went away, changing her life forever and for the better. She highly recommends this procedure to anyone suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids.

Learn More About the Acessa System

If you, or someone you know, would like more information on the Acessa Procedure or to locate a physician near you, please call Acessa Health at 877.412.3828, or click here to learn more about this new fibroid treatment.

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What to Expect After a Hysterectomy

LI-00-0191Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and is one of the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedures. In the United States alone, almost 600,000 hysterectomies are performed every year. One of the major causes for hysterectomy is the presence of uterine fibroids.[1]

Uterine Fibroids Treatment – Hysterectomy

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that can occur in the uterine cavity, within the muscle wall, or on the outer surface of the uterus. Symptoms often include[2]:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding, including longer periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Severe pelvic pain, including pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Lower back or leg pain.
  • Problems with urination.

Hysterectomy is the only fibroid treatment that prevents recurrence, and may provide improved quality of life for many women. What to expect after a hysterectomy greatly depends upon the woman’s clinical circumstances and the type of hysterectomy chosen.

What to Expect after a Hysterectomy

Every patient’s experience may be different, but there are some general expectations following hysterectomy[3]:

  • The recovery depends largely on the type of hysterectomy patient had. Generally, open abdominal hysterectomy results in the longest recovery times. Vaginal and laparoscopic approaches to the procedures tend to require less recovery time and may be comparatively less painful.
  • Regardless of the type of hysterectomy the patient undergoes, she may require a course of pain medication and antibiotics to prevent post-surgical infections.
  • Patients may not be able to lift anything heavy or have sexual intercourse for as long as six weeks.
  • Hysterectomy can also have long-term co-morbidities such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

Treating Hysterectomy Side Effects

If a patient has a total hysterectomy and her ovaries are removed, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can effectively reduce hormone-induced symptoms after the surgery. However, the woman’s age and medical history are all key factors to consider before any decision about HRT is made. HRT is absolutely contraindicated in patients with breast cancer.3

Looking For More Information On Treating Uterine Fibroids?

Call Acessa Health at 877.412.3828.


[1] US Markets for Gynecological Devices 2011. Millennium Research Group, Inc. 2010.

[2] Buttram VC Jr, Reiter RC. Uterine leiomyomata: etiology, symptomatology, and management. Fertil Steril. 1981; 36(4):433-445.

[3] WebMD LLC, http://women.webmd.com/hysterectomy-oophorectomy-directory, 2005 – 2013, May 16, 2013.

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Acessa Procedure w/ Patient Testimonial Video

If you are experiencing symptoms you believe could be the result of Uterine Fibroids, watch this video on a groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedure designed to eliminate uterine fibroids. Many women have visited the OB/GYN only to be told they should have a hysterectomy for this medical condition. If you feel a hysterectomy is not for you, the Acessa Procedure may be just what you’re looking for.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Acessa is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes basic laparoscopic and ultrasound skills to destroy uterine fibroids. As this video will explain, there are several advantages to this procedure, as opposed to traditional fibroid treatments like a hysterectomy:

  • While it is an outpatient procedure, it is also same day surgery, so the patient can go home the same day they are treated.
  • The procedure is minimally invasive, so it does not require a long recovery period.
  • The patient keeps her uterus, which avoids many health issues that may result from a hysterectomy.
  • The surgeon is able to treat all the fibroids, thus eliminating the risk of recurrence of symptoms.

Actual Patient Testimony

In this video you will hear testimony from one of our actual patients, as she will explain her story of living with constant bleeding for over two years due to her uterine fibroids. Her testimony tells of how this outpatient procedure changed her life back to normal in just one day, as her bleeding stopped almost immediately.

This video will show you in detail precisely how the treatment is performed, so you will know exactly what to expect should you choose the Acessa procedure to eliminate your fibroids. The Acessa Procedure also has low complication and re-intervention rates. Patients return home the same day, and only require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for pain. They are able to return to normal everyday life very quickly, including work.

Learn More About the Acessa System

If you or someone you know would like more information on the Acessa procedure or to locate a physician near you, please call Acessa Health at 877.412.3828, or click here to learn more about this new fibroid treatment.

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When To Worry About Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

LI-00-0190Menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding, is something many women face at one time or another. Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as having a period that lasts over a week or bleeding so much the person must change their feminine napkin once or twice an hour. The question with heavy menstrual bleeding is when to worry? The answer is, you should consult with your doctor about heavy menstrual bleeding.

Hormones

During any time of hormonal change, a woman may experience a change in her menstrual cycle. This can occur when she is young or when she is entering menopause. These may not be cause for alarm and likely will not persist. Estrogen and progesterone imbalances may cause abnormal uterine bleeding, and are usually treated with pharmaceutical agents. Heavy menstrual bleeding may also be the result imbalances associated with hormones secreted by the thyroid. Your doctor will be able to perform the necessary tests and recommend treatment options.

Uterine fibroids

These are normally non-cancerous growths within a woman’s uterus. While many women have uterine fibroids and no symptoms, symptomatic uterine fibroids frequently cause heavy menstrual bleeding and pain. Having a doctor examine you for fibroids is the start toward treatment and relief from both the bleeding and the pain.

Cervical or Uterine Cancer

In rare cases, abnormal uterine bleeding may be an early indication of cancer in either the cervix or uterus.It is important to have a doctor examine the woman and test to see if either of these is the cause. Catching either cancer while it is still in its early stages provides a woman with the best chance of safely and effectively treating it.

Looking For More Information On Treating Uterine Fibroids?

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A Fibroid Patient’s Symptoms

What are some symptoms indicating you may have fibroids? Watch this video to hear one women’s story of how she discovered she had fibroids, and what problems started to arise prompting her to see a doctor.

In this case, we have a 50 year-old woman with four children, originally from Northern California. In 2007, her work required her to relocate to Florida for approximately one year. Once there, she started having issues with bleeding, so severe as she describes, “On a scale of 1 to 10, it was probably a 14.”

Being new to the area, she did not have a doctor locally, but had previously seen a doctor in California who recommended she have a hysterectomy. She felt that this was not an option for her. While in Florida, she visited another doctor about her symptoms, who also recommended a hysterectomy.

One day while listening to the radio, she heard a commercial for a clinical study on fibroids. She already knew she had fibroids, as they were previously detected in x-rays and suspected to be the cause of her symptoms. This commercial prompted her to call the number and receive the treatment she needed to resolve her problems and give her a peace of mind.

Learn More About Acessa

If you, or someone you know, have experienced these symptoms and would like more information on the Acessa Procedure, or to locate a physician near you, please click here to contact Acessa Health or call us at 877.412.3828.

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