The Acessa™ procedure is an effective fibroid treatment
The Acessa™ procedure is an effective, minimally invasive way to treat the symptoms associated with uterine fibroids. These tumors, or leiomyomas, are common, and many women will develop them during their lifetimes. Some women will not experience any side effects with fibroids, while others experience severe pain, heavy bleeding and other complications.
In the past, women with fibroids who wanted to permanently rid themselves of the pain and symptoms their fibroids were causing were often advised to have either a myomectomy (the removal of fibroids) or hysterectomy, particularly in complex cases. The Acessa™ procedure, which uses radiofrequency ablation to reduce the size and symptoms of fibroids, offers women a new option that allows them to preserve their uterus and still get relief from symptoms.
The advantages of the Acessa™ procedure
Our Austin obgyns and the medical community have made great strides in the way we perform hysterectomies and myomectomies, but women with fibroids have been waiting for another option -one that would preserve their uterus and offer another alternative to those who wish to have children. The Acessa™ procedure has several advantages.
- Surrounding tissue is not damaged or affected during the procedure.
- Women report a faster recovery, most returning to work in 3-5 days.
- It has extremely low surgical complication rates.
- It is highly effective in providing permanent relief for many women with fibroids.
- Early limited data suggests that a vaginal delivery may be possible vs a C Section which is often required after myomectomy.
How the Acessa™ procedure works
The Acessa™ procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. It’s a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure with four major components.
The robotic Acessa™ procedure
Dr. Devin Garza, our internationally acclaimed robotic surgeon, is the first doctor in the world to perform the Acessa™ procedure using the robotic platform. This allows him to operate on the most complex fibroid cases, helping many women who had been told the only option was a hysterectomy.
- Our Austin obgyns use a laparoscopic ultrasound probe to help determine how large the fibroid(s) is and where it’s located.
- Our physicians employ ultrasound to guide the Acessa™ hand piece with a needle at the tip directly in the fibroid(s).
- Once the hand piece is in place, the tip emits multiple electrodes.
- Our Austin obgyns determine the amount of radiofrequency ablation that is required and apply it to the fibroid(s).
If you have fibroids, find out how your life can be changed for the better. Typically, women begin to see results in their pain and symptoms soon after having the Acessa™ procedure. Contact us for an appointment with one of our Austin obgyns.