Alternative Fibroid Treatments

The Acessa™ System Targets Fibroids

 

The Acessa System presents a new alternative for patients suffering from uterine fibroids. With the Acessa System, a woman may be able to shrink or completely eliminate her fibroids while keeping a healthy uterus, allowing her to quickly return to a normal quality of life without the potential long-term complications due to hysterectomy.  Women have come from as far as Florida and Georgia to have this groundbreaking procedure with fibroid expert Dr. Nicole Williams.  This alternative to hysterectomy fibroid procedure is laparoscopic, thus resulting in little scarring and enabling the patient to go home the same day. Best of all, the chances of her experiencing a recurrence of symptoms due to fibroids is extremely low.  If bleeding is your problem, consider NOVASURE Endometrial Ablation.

Do I Have Uterine Fibroids?

 

  • Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus, or womb

  • Although the cause of fibroids is unclear, approximately 50% of African-American women and up to 30% of Caucasian women suffer from uterine fibroids

  • Uterine fibroids tend to run in families

  • Signs and symptoms of fibroids can include very heavy periods, pelvic pain, feeling a mass in the lower abdomen, even infertility

  • Types of fibroids are:

  • Subserosal: immediately under the skin of the uterus

  • Submucosal: Inside the cavity of the uterus

  • Intramural: Inside the muscle of the uterus

  • Pedunculated: hanging off the uterus

  • The most common treatment for uterine fibroids is hysterectomy

  • Myomectomy, removing only the fibroids, can also be performed, but may require a large incision

  • The Acessa procedure avoids the need for hysterectomy by treating ONLY the fibroids, leaving healthy tissue intact

 

How are fibroids diagnosed?

  • Fibroids may be diagnosed with a routine pelvic exam.  Usually, an ultrasound of the pelvis will confirm these suspicions.  Other tests include hysteroscopy, using a lighted camera to see inside the uterus, or laparoscopy, using a camera to visualize the pelvic cavity.

 

Every 30 minutes, 12 hysterectomies are performed in the United States. According to a report published by Obstetrics and Gynecology, 9 of them may not have met the guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists for hysterectomy.  The Acessa procedure, a specialized treatment for fibroids, offers an effective, reliable treatment for symptoms such as heavy periods, pelvic and back pain, pressure, and sometimes urinary symptoms while keeping a woman's uterus intact.

 

There are approximately 500,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States with about 170,000 -300,000 due to uterine fibroids.

 

What alternative therapies are available for fibroids?

  • Medication, such as Tranexamic acid, oral contraceptives, injectables such as Lupron, or a progesterone containing IUD have all been used with efficacy to treat the symptoms of fibroids, therefore avoiding surgery.


 

 

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