Atlanta, Georgia – Acessa Health Inc., developer of the Acessa ProVu System is proud to announce that Soyini Hawkins, MD of Fibroid and Pelvic Wellness Center of Georgia completed the first Acessa procedure for uterine fibroids using the latest Acessa ProVu technology in Georgia at Northside Hospital – Atlanta.
Also known as laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (Lap-RFA), the Acessa Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. It is a uterine-sparing alternative to the current standard of care – hysterectomy. Comprehensive data on the procedure includes over 35 publications with 750 patients studied and over 3,000 cases performed to-date.
Uterine fibroids cause abnormally heavy menstruation, pelvic pain and bulk symptoms, and studies have shown that over 70% of women experience them(1). The Acessa Procedure revolutionizes the current standard of care for fibroids by treating fibroids laparoscopically – including fibroids outside the uterine cavity and within the uterine walls. Using fully-integrated Lap-RFA, ultrasound visualization and guidance mapping, there is no cutting or suturing of uterine tissue, unlike myomectomy. Additionally, unlike hysterectomy, the procedure spares the female anatomy. Patients typically go home the same day, experience minimal discomfort, and return to a normal state of activity within three to five days(2).
“I am pleased to offer the Acessa Procedure and provide women of Georgia a full spectrum of treatment options,” said Dr. Hawkins. “Many patients suffer silently from uterine fibroids, including an array of symptoms such as bulk, heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. Fibroids also disproportionally affect African American women, as they are three to five times more likely to occur in these women compared to women of other races.” Her practice is a fibroid referral clinic, so Dr. Hawkins sees many patients who have been struggling with fibroids for years, often seeking second opinions after being told that their condition requires hysterectomy. “Women deserve to consider all the options for treating fibroids.” Dr. Hawkins said.
When asked about how the Acessa procedure changes her practice, Dr. Hawkins said, “Women come to me when struggling to complete normal activities because of their symptoms. Before Acessa, the options were often limited to major surgery (myomectomy or hysterectomy). Unfortunately, those surgeries can require a recovery period of six to eight weeks. Acessa changes the options for women, as my patients return to complete normal activity within three to five days. Now I can offer a less invasive procedure with a quick recovery and remarkable outcomes proven to be the same or better than other surgical fibroid alternatives.”
Dr. Hawkins explained that Northside Hospital – Atlanta is dedicated to the health and wellness of the greater Atlanta community, and as such pledges compassionate support and uncompromising standards to their patients. The Acessa Procedure allows Northside to do just that, as together Acessa Health and Northside Hospital are improving upon the current standard of care offered to women in Georgia. Offering Acessa as a viable, uterine-sparing option for patients aligns well with Northside’s reputation as an innovative leader in the healthcare industry.
“We could not be more thrilled to have Dr. Hawkins and Northside Hospital as partners in advancing options for women,” said Kim Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acessa Health Inc. “Given Northside’s outstanding reputation in the women’s health arena and Dr. Hawkins’ reputation in minimally invasive gynecology surgery, we are poised to do great things for women in Georgia.”
About Soyini Hawkins, MD – Dr. Soyini Mattis Hawkins is a fellowship trained Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgeon. She is a solo Gynecology provider at Fibroid and Pelvic Wellness Center of Georgia in Alpharetta, GA. Dr. Hawkins received her medical degree in Georgia at Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Internship and Residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Hawkins’ provides a full-service gynecology practice that specializes in the management of abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, and general female health. She cares for all women across their lifespan starting with adolescent care, reproductive care, through the management of menopause and post-menopausal conditions.
About Acessa Health Inc. – Acessa Health is a women’s health innovator dedicated to advancing minimally invasive, uterine-sparing solutions for women with symptomatic fibroids. The company introduced the use of laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of uterine fibroids and is committed to ensuring that women have more options by developing technologies that improve the lives of its patients. Acessa Health’s headquarters are in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit AcessaProcedure.com.
- Day Baird D, Dunson DB, Hill MC, Cousins D, Schectman JM. High cumulative incidence of uterine leiomyoma in black and white women: ultrasound evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003;188(1):100–107. doi: 10.1067/mob.2003.99.
- Yelena Havryliuk, MD, Robert Setton, MD, John Carlow, EdD, MPH, Barry D. Shaktman, MD, Management of Symptomatic Fibroids: Review and Meta-Analysis of the Literature (2006 -2016), Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Vol. 21 (3) Jul-Sept 201