Acessa Procedure for Fibroid Treatment in Honolulu, HI
The board-certified OBGYNs at Ko’olau Women’s Healthcare specialize in the Acessa procedure, the latest advancement in fibroid treatment. If you’re dealing with the pain and discomfort caused by fibroids, contact Ko’olau Women’s Healthcare today to schedule an appointment. Give our Honolulu office a call at (808) 888-3449 or call our Kailua office at (808) 230-8500.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle tissue of the uterus. Women are typically between the ages of 30-50 when they develop fibroids, though they can develop fibroids at any stage of their life.
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 of fibroids include:
- 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
- Painful sex
- G.I. issues like gas and constipation
What is Acessa?
The Acessa procedure is recommended for pre-menopausal women (typically younger than 55 years old) who are tired of living with the ongoing pain and discomfort of fibroids and are looking for a minimally invasive option that allows them to keep their uterus and return to daily life quickly after the procedure. Dr. Bhattacharyya can perform this procedure with a single site incision.
94% of patients responded that the treatment had been somewhat, moderately, or very effective in eliminating their symptoms.
Only 11% of patients required additional reintervention after the Acessa procedure.
98% reported that they would probably or definitely recommend the procedure to their friends with the same health problem.
What to Expect
The Acessa® procedure is also known as Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (LAP-RFA) and essentially delivers heat directly into a fibroid in order to destroy its tissue and in turn relieve your symptoms. The procedure contains 6 steps.
Step 1: Prep – You are prepped and brought into the operating room for anesthesia.
Step 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.
Step 3: Visualize – Your Physician precisely located each fibroid with the Acessa ultrasound probe and guidance mapping, allowing full view of your uterus.
Step 4: Deploy – Next, your physician deploys the tip of the Acessa handpiece into the fibroid while preserving healthy uterine tissue.
Step 5: 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.
Step 6: Recover – You will wake up in the recovery room. Most patients get cleared to go home within two hours. Women typically feel ready to return to work and daily activities after 4-5 days. In terms of when you will see symptom relief – this is a hot topic. It depends on how big the fibroid is and what symptoms you’re experiencing.
Talk to an OBGYN in Honolulu, HI
Only a trained doctor can determine whether you are eligible for an Acessa procedure. All treatment options for intrauterine pathologies have benefits, warnings, precautions, and risks. These specific risks may only be evaluated in consultation with a doctor experienced in Acessa procedures. To schedule an appointment with a gynecologist at Ko’olau Women’s Healthcare, call our Honolulu office at (808) 888-3449 or call our Kailua at (808) 230-8500.