About The Acessa Procedure

The Acessa® procedure is also known as Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (LAP-RFA) and essentially delivers heat directly into a fibroid to destroy its tissue and in turn relieve your symptoms. It is a minimally invasive treatment for symptomatic fibroids that is an alternative to other procedures, such as hysterectomy and laparoscopic myomectomy. The procedure requires only two surgical operating ports, one in your belly button and one below your bikini line. Post procedure you will wake up in the recovery room and most patients are cleared to go home the same day. Women typically feel ready to return to work after 4-5 days. In terms of when you will see symptom relief – it depends on how big the fibroid is and what symptoms you’re experiencing.


Clinical Study Results

  1. 94% of patients responded that the treatment had been somewhat, moderately, or very effective in eliminating their symptoms.
  2. Only 11% of patients required additional reintervention after the Acessa procedure.
  3. 98% reported that they would probably or definitely recommend the procedure to their friends with the same health problem.

The Procedure Contains 6 Steps

  1. Prep – You are prepped and brought into the operating room for anesthesia. 
  2. Access – Your physician makes three small incisions – one in your belly button – one below your bikini line – and inserts a tiny camera and ultrasound into each incision. 
  3. Visualize – Your Physician precisely located each fibroid with the Acessa ultrasound probe and guidance mapping, allowing full view of your uterus. 
  4. Deploy – Next, your physician deploys the tip of the Acessa handpiece into the fibroid while preserving healthy uterine tissue. 
  1. Treat – The physician deploys controlled heat through the Acessa handpiece to destroy the fibroid tissue. The physician repeats this process until every targeted fibroid is fully treated. Once the procedure is complete, your physician stitches the small incisions on the skin. 
  2. Recover – You will wake up in the recovery room. Most patients get cleared to go home the same day. Women typically feel ready to return to work after 4-5 days. In terms of when you will see symptom relief – it depends on how big the fibroid is and what symptoms you’re experiencing.

About Fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle tissue of the uterus.

  1. Intramural fibroids: These are the most common type of fibroids. Intramural fibroids appear in muscular wall of the uterus. Intramural fibroids may grow larger and can stretch your womb.
  2. Subserosal fibroids: These form on the area outside of your uterus, which is called the serosa. They may grow large enough to make your womb appear bigger on one side.
  3. Pedunculated Fibroids: Subserosal tumors can develop a stem, a slender base that supports the tumor. When they do, they are known as pedunculated fibroids.
  4. Submucosal Fibroids: These types of tumors develop in the middle muscle layer, or myometrium, of your uterus. Submucosal tumors aren’t as common as the other types.

Fibroid symptoms are often caused by the consistency, size, and location of the fibroid.

Not all women with fibroids will experience symptoms, but many women will experience a variety of symptoms. Women experience a variety of symptoms from fibroids that can become extremely debilitating and affect their everyday lives. Symptoms such as heavy and painful periods, periods lasting longer than 7+ days, stomach, lower-back, and pelvis pain, stomach protrusion which causes women to look pregnant when they aren’t, anemia, infertility, painful sex, urinary frequency, and G.I. issues like gas and constipation.

Women are typically between the ages of 30-50 when they develop fibroids. Though this is the most common age, women can develop fibroids at any stage of their life.


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