CBS Baltimore: Northwest Hospital Offering Innovative Treatment To Eliminate Fibroids

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Doctors at Northwest Hospital in Baltimore are offering an innovative approach to get rid of fibroids.

It’s called acessa and many patients said it has changed their lives.

Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus which can cause extreme pain and be very dangerous for women.

Dr. Dee Shiller decided to explore acessa to find a newer and less invasive approach. During the procedure, a doctor inserts a needle and uses heat to destroy each fibroid.

“This procedure is kind of melting the matrix of the fibroids,” she said. “There’s a lot less pain and they recover so quickly.”

Karen Fuller-Hardy reached a breaking point last summer after dealing with the pain of fibroids.

“I was bent over, excruciating pain, crying in tears,” Fuller-Hardy said. “It was pretty bad.”

Shiller is the first and only doctor in Maryland to perform acessa at Northwest Hospital, including on Fuller-Hardy.

Fuller-Hardy said it’s made an amazing difference in her life and took away the pain.

“I should have done this years ago,” Fuller-Hardy said. “I want women to know there’s other options besides going the full level of getting a hysterectomy.”

To see the full article and video interview click here.

The Houston Chronicle: A Struggle with Fibroids

“With Acessa, I can do a procedure on a Friday and by Monday, the patient is ready to go back to work,” Patolia said.

[Radiofrequency ablation] has been around for a while, but previously it was primarily used in medical procedures for the liver, prostate, pain and even varicose vein removal.

“For treatment of fibroids, it’s just gaining ground,” she said. “Anyone who has symptoms of fibroids is a candidate.”

For Finkeldey, a quick recovery would help her get back to her business as soon as possible.

“Because of what I do, I leaned toward Acessa,” she said. “It just made more sense.”

Finkeldey’s surgery was on Wednesday, Oct. 16; and she returned to work the following Monday. “I felt human again,” she said.

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Fibroid patient: “Every time I would run I would experience…bleeding”

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) — We’re taking a look at a hidden danger inside a woman’s body.

This issue can cause blood loss, miscarriages and impact intimacy.

Staff Sergeant Rachel Michaud Israel served our country for nearly 9 years and while in the military she deployed three times: once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.

It was during her time oversees that she discovered something unsettling about her health.

“I noticed that every time I would run, I would experience some vaginal bleeding and I knew it wasn’t normal,” said Israel.

After an ultrasound, doctors told her she had uterine fibroid.

Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus.

Dr. Albert Odom is with Prisma Health and says plenty of woman have fibroids but they might not be symptomatic.

“If you extrapolate that to the United States, about 35 million women will have fibroids, of which about 7 million will be symptomatic,” Odom said.

Here’s what Odom said to look out for:

“They can cause things like bad periods, prolonged heavy periods, pelvic pain, back pain, frequent urination, constant constipation, painful intercourse. They can certainty cause severe anemia because of the bad periods,” he said.

Dr. Odom says it’s something to watch out for because fibroids have turned into cancer before.

“It can cause a malignancy called a sarcoma. They’re very rare,” says Dr. Odom.

Rachel’s case got so intense that she was hospitalized twice this year due to constant blood loss. Her story hits close to home because Rachel is my sister-in-law.

“My hemoglobin fell to 5.7 which is its lowest it has ever been and normal range is from 12-15,” says SSG Israel.

So how do you get fibroids?

“We don’t really know for sure. We know that there is a genetic component to it. If you’re African-American as opposed to Caucasian, you’re more likely to have fibroids and you’re more likely to get them at an early age and then multiple fibroids,” Odom said.

Odom says fibroids can be a size of a corn kernel and grow to the size of a basketball!

“Diets that are high in red meat fats, alcohol, obesity things like that will increase the risk of fibroids growing,” he said.

Odom says women no longer have to have a hysterectomy to get rid of it. There are procedures that can either cut the blood supply to the fibroids or essentially burn it. Many women are changing their lifestyles in hopes to avoid going under the knife.

Dr. Odom says without surgery, it would take a miracle to get rid of fibroids.

Visit the Acessa Health website for more information:


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Good pregnancy outcomes after laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation for fibroids


– A retrospective analysis of women who became pregnant after undergoing laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (Lap-RFA) of symptomatic myomas found no evidence that the procedure negatively impacted pregnancy or birth outcomes, according to Jay Berman, MD.

The procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to myomectomy, hysterectomy, and other surgical techniques, with minimal scarring and quick recovery. But the pivotal trials excluded women who were planning to become pregnant, and the Food and Drug Administration recommends against its use in women planning a future pregnancy because of the lack of safety and efficacy data in that population.

The procedure, which gained FDA approval in 2016, combines laparoscopic ultrasound with targeted radiofrequency to heat fibroids, which then shrink over the next few months. “There have been a lot of questions from infertility specialists regarding whether Lap-RFA can be applied to their patients because there’s very little scarring and a quick return to work. It’s really a very nice outpatient procedure for dealing with fibroids,” Dr. Berman said in an interview.

There is natural concern, however, because clinicians are uncomfortable exposing women to a pregnancy risk. “I think there’s concern from many gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists on the pregnancy outcomes following fibroid therapy, whatever that happens to be – traditional open laparoscopic myomectomy, robotic myomectomy, all of those kinds of therapies. We were interested in looking at pregnancy outcomes following [RFA for fibroids] and whether or not C-sections would need to be recommended, similar to what you see following myomectomy, where if you enter the cavity or go through more than half of the myometrium, you recommend a C-section for that patient in subsequent pregnancies,” said Dr. Berman, who is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University, Detroit.

Early case studies, mostly done in Mexico and Guatemala, found the uteri of women to be normal following Lap-RFA, he said.

The results of this study are encouraging, but are far from the final word, as the data are retrospective and small. Acessa, which provided statistical analysis for the current work, is planning a prospective study. “I don’t think there’s enough to say that the labeling should be changed, but we’re moving in that direction. There needs to be a lot more information,” Dr. Berman said at the meeting sponsored by AAGL.

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The Doctors: How Quad Webb, ‘Married to Medicine’ Star, Treated Her Fibroids

Quad Webb, star of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine,” joins The Doctors to discuss a painful medical issue she recently dealt with.

The reality star says she began experiencing pain in her back and abdomen, frequent urination, heavy bleeding, elongated periods, and also gained weight. She saw her doctor and learned she had fibroids and was told she might need to have surgery.

“I was freaked out,” she says of learning a major surgery might be in her future.

Quad had symptoms for nearly a year before being diagnosed. “Life is just so busy, and often as women, we just keep going. We go with the flow. I allowed myself to basically neglect myself,” Quad tells The Doctors, explaining she had 7 fibroids, and 2 of them were larger than grapefruits, and 1 was sitting on her bladder.

Unfortunately, OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says ignoring a health concern — like fibroids — is common for many women. Dr. Nita explains that fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop on the muscle of the uterus. She notes they are very common and for women who have associated symptoms,  the fibroids need to be treated. Dr. Nita notes there are many different treatment options available for fibroids.

When deciding on which treatment option was best for her, Quad says she was concerned about undergoing a myomectomy (the surgical removal of the fibroid), due to how it can affect a woman’s ability to naturally deliver a baby. She opted for the Acessa Procedure, which is a radiofrequency ablation procedure. Dr. Nita says this option involves heating up the fibroid with an electrode, which destroys it and then the body safely absorbs the tissue over time.

Dr. Nita says other options for treating fibroids include:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Progesterone-containing IUD
  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Surgical removal, as known as a myomectomy
  • Hysterectomy

“As a woman, you have a right to know your options and you have a right to know which option is best for you,” Dr. Nita stresses.

“I feel great. I feel so good,” Quad says when asked how she’s feeling after treating her fibroids, adding, “When you are neglecting to listen to your body, you are neglecting yourself and I don’t want people to do that… don’t neglect your body, we only get one.”

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Quad Webb Opens Up About Her Fibroid Surgery & Choosing Against A Hysterectomy

“It was scary for me. When I first learned of that information, I cried,” the Sister Circle co-host shared. ” I sat right there in the doctors office and I cried and so much just began to go through my mind.”

Like most women, Webb was initially given the option to get a myomectomy or even worse a hysterectomy to rid her of her 10 fibroids. She decided to do some research on her own to see if there were other options available.

“I called up to Chicago, I have a really good friend who is an OBGYN there,” she recalled. “He said you really need to look into Acessa. I learned more about Acessa, learned that I  wouldn’t be down for six weeks … there was little to no incision.”

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Quad Webb Was Able To Get Rid Of 10 Uterine Fibroids Without A Myomectomy Or Hysterectomy

Married to Medicine and Sister Circle star Quad Webb admits she was so busy with work and life that she ignored a lot of the discomfort she was experiencing internally.

“I clearly saw and felt the changes in my body,” she told HipHollywood in a recent interview. “The lower back pain and lower abdomen pain, frequent urination, heavier periods. It was tough.”

The 39-year-old was later diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and she was told she had 10. Quad was made aware of her options, including a myomectomy, which is a procedure that removes uterine fibroids and can either be done by cutting open the abdomen, or via a laparoscopic option, which is a few small incisions around the abdomen and in the belly button.

Quad was smart enough to call around and make sure she knew of all of her options. An OBGYN friend in Chicago made her aware of Acessa, which is a minimally invasive treatment option that reportedly uses radiofrequency ablation to destroy the fibroid, allowing it to be cut off from its blood supply and absorbed by the body.  One small incision is made to allow the camera, any tools and the electrode array tool to be inserted to get to the fibroid. It doesn’t require a doctor to cut or suture the uterus. It sounded like the perfect option for Quad, and was after all.

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Contemporary OBGYN: Alternatives to traditional surgery for fibroids

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Introduced in 1999, laparoscopic, intra-abdominal-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is another surgical modality developed to be less invasive. Benefits of this procedure include ease of use as it does not require laparoscopic suturing and there is no dissemination of tissue in the abdomen, which can occur with laparoscopic hysterectomy/myomectomy. A RCT by Bruker et al. demonstrated a shorter hospital stay and decreased blood loss when comparing RFA to laparoscopic myomectomy.25 While this is an attractive option we have limited evidence about long-term outcomes for RFA and it still requires a laparoscopy. A transcervical, intrauterine sonography-guided RFA device has been studied and is approved for use outside the United States but is not FDA-approved.26


See full article on the Contemporary OBGYN website. 

Medtech Talk Podcast: CEO Kim Rodriguez Says Big Bet on Acessa Is Paying Off for Patients and Investors

Kim Rodriguez expected to follow her mom’s career in medicine. But she got bit by the Medtech Bug early and enjoyed a string of sales success at companies of nearly every size including Concentric, Spectranetics, and Guidant. But three years ago she got recruited to be CEO of a company that was rich in promising technologies as well as business challenges. In just three years, Rodriguez and her team at Acessa pulled out of the tail spin, secured FDA approval and a CPT code and now are building a promising women’s health company. In this episode, she’ll share how aspiring execs should ante up.


Listen to the full Medtech Talk episode here. 

San Antonio women with fibroids now have more treatment option

Dr. Carlos Quezada is featured on San Antonio Express News speaking about the Acessa Procedure – a new fibroids treatment option.

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