Acessa Radiofrequency Ablation
If you have fibroids, you are not I was on my feet in days and alone. The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, but nearly 70% of women develop them at some point in their lives. Fibroids are common tumors or growths of muscle that occur in the wall of the uterus. Did you know:
- Over 99.8% of fibroids are benign (non-cancerous).
- For many women, fibroids cause symptoms such as heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pain or bloating that significantly impact quality of life.
- Women who have fibroids usually have more than one. They can become very large and press against other organs, causing discomfort.
An Alternative to a Hysterectomy.
A hysterectomy has long been the standard surgical treatment for women suffering from fibroid symptoms, although many women don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure or can’t take weeks away from their busy lives for recovery. Acessa is a safe, effective and minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy that addresses symptomatic uterine fibroids of all sizes and locations, without harming the uterus.
How Acessa Works
Acessa utilizes a technology called radiofrequency ablation, and treats each fibroid by applying energy through a small needle. The surrounding normal uterine tissue is not damaged or otherwise affected. Over time, the treated fibroid tissue shrinks and may become completely reabsorbed by the body. Acessa is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient visit, and only two very small (approximately 1/4”) abdominal incisions are needed during the procedure – there is no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus itself, and women go home the same day.
Learn About the TRUST Study
Brigham Women’s is now enrolling participants for an IRB-approved study comparing approved uterine-sparing fibroid treatments. For more information about the study, or to learn if you’re a candidate, call (617) 983-7003 or fill out our secure information request form.