What are the steps to fibroid removal with Acessa?

Uterine fibroids can cause a lot of discomfort, including pelvic pain, frequent urination and even heavy menstruation. For some women, continuous problems with fibroids can mean having to undergo major, invasive inpatient fibroid surgery. Luckily there is hope. With the minimally-invasive Acessa procedure a hysterectomy is rarely necessary. This outpatient fibroid surgery is a laparoscopic procedure that rapidly reduces symptoms and has a fast recovery time.

What is the Acessa Procedure?

This same-day, outpatient fibroid surgery does not involve removing the uterus. The tip of a disposable electrosurgical handpiece is inserted into the fibroid and delivers energy to the fibroid, destroying it and causing it to shrink or disappear completely. The procedure requires general anesthesia and may last a couple of hours, depending on the size and the number of fibroids in the uterus.

Acessa Procedure Steps:

  1. Consult with a Physician — If you think you may be suffering from uterine fibroids, the first step would be consulting with a physician to assess the situation. In some cases, inpatient fibroid removal surgery may be inevitable, but for most women, the Acessa procedure is a safe option. Your physician will be able to explain all the different fibroid treatments, their risks and benefits. Once both of you are convinced that the Acessa procedure is the best for your situation, an appointment can be made.
  2. Incisions — Two small incisions less than a 1/4 of an inch in size are made.
  3. Laparoscopic Ultrasound — During the procedure, the first step is to map the uterus and determine the exact location and size of each fibroid. Using a laparoscopic ultrasound probe, the surgeon can “see” fibroids as tiny as 2mm in diameter.
  4. Inserting the Hand Piece into the Fibroid — With the help of ultrasound, the tip of the hand piece is inserted into the fibroid tissue.
  5. Hand Piece Electrode Deployment — With the tip still inside the fibroid, an electrode array may be opened according to the size of the fibroid. The surgeon ensures that the electrodes stay inside the fibroid through ultrasound and laparoscopic evaluation.
  6. Ablation — Treatment is applied for exactly the right amount of time for each fibroid before the hand piece is withdrawn.

Safety and Recovery

Clinical trials have been done and led to the Acessa hand piece being FDA cleared. In three, separate studies, women who had the procedure had very low complication rates and the need for further treatment was calculated on average at less than 4 percent per year. It was evident that this is a very safe procedure with a short recovery time. Unlike inpatient fibroid removal surgery, patients who opted for the Acessa procedure could go home the same day after recovering from the anesthesia. After approximately four days, most patients are fit for work. Symptoms such as heavy bleeding often reduce within the first three to six months or even during the first menstrual period after the procedure. It is not hard to see why so many physicians recommend Acessa to their patients.

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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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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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