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4 Benefits of an outpatient fibroid treatment

Acessa Health | March 18, 2014

Four benefits of the minimally invasive outpatient uterine fibroid treatment, the Acessa procedure.

1. Minimally invasive

Fibroids can be removed through a form of minimally invasive, laparoscopic outpatient surgery that uses radiofrequency ablation. Laparoscopic surgery is often called “band aid surgery” because it consists of only two tiny incisions. This fibroid treatment destroys fibroids using a small needle through a technology known as radio frequency ablation. The surrounding tissue is unaffected while the destroyed tissue is reabsorbed. This minimally invasive procedure is performed under general anesthesia. This specific fibroid treatment targets only the fibroids, preserving the uterus.

2. Allows for rapid recovery

Once they have recovered from the anesthesia, patients typically go home on the same day as their surgery. They typically take mild anti-inflammatories after the procedure and can return to work within three to five days.

3. Has a low rate of recurrence

By treating all of the fibroids, there is little chance that the symptoms will recur again. Once the fibroid is eliminated, it is not likely that it will grow back. In fact, there have been a very low number of patients that have required further treatment following this procedure.

4. Alternative to a hysterectomy

Physicians often recommend that women with fibroids get hysterectomies, which is a complete removal of the uterus. But hysterectomies aren’t always necessary. Hysterectomies remove the uterus and often lead to complications, which include increased pain and long recovery times. Outpatient surgery removes the individual fibroids without having to remove the uterus.

Undergoing surgery can be a frightening experience. To prepare one’s body for outpatient surgery, it’s a good idea to stop smoking and/or drinking, exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced diet. Whichever method a woman chooses to treat fibroids, it should be one that is safe, effective and improves the quality of life.

Sources

  1. http://www.healthywomen.org/condition/preparing-surgery
  2. http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/fibroids/treatment.html
  3. http://obgyn.med.miami.edu/migs/fibroid-clinic/treatment-options
  4. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/1-surgery-women-dont-need-hysterectomy

Acessa Health encourages patients to seek medical attention for typical and atypical symptoms associated with fibroids to help achieve and maintain good health with as high a quality of life as possible. Although many patients may benefit from the Acessa Procedure, this treatment is not for everyone and results may vary. You should talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks and whether this treatment is right for you. Information contained on this site is not to be used as a substitute for talking to your doctor. You should always talk to your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

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