Uterine Fibroid Procedure

The Acessa Procedure


LifeBridge Health is elevating the standard of care for women suffering from uterine fibroids

INNOVATIVE TREATMENT FOR UTERINE FIBROIDS


Acessa, a new minimally invasive procedure, provides relief from fibroids and offers an alternative to a hysterectomy or myomectomy. LifeBridge Health is the first health system in Maryland to offer this uterine-sparing procedure.
If you are a physician and have a patient suffering from painful fibroids, or if you’re a woman looking for relief, Acessa is the right treatment option.


WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE?


Acessa is for pre-menopausal women (typically younger than age 55) with benign symptomatic fibroids. Acessa is not an appropriate treatment for women at risk for cancer or malignancy. Prior MRI or ultrasound imaging is required to assess the size and location of fibroids.


WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ACESSA?


Hysterectomy and myomectomy both involve major surgery with higher risks of complications such as bleeding, infection and pain. A recovery period of 3 to 8 weeks may be required depending on the type of procedure performed. Women who undergo the minimally invasive Acessa procedure typically resume normal activity in 3 to 5 days with little to no pain.


HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?


The Acessa procedure uses radiofrequency ablation to inactivate and shrink fibroids, applying controlled energy through a small needle array.

Generally, only two small incisions are made; no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus is required.

  • Laparoscopic ultrasound identifies the location and size of fibroids.
  • The tip of a handpiece is inserted via laparoscopic and ultrasound guidance, a mapping system helping to target the center of the fibroids accurately.
  • An electrode array is deployed, with laparoscopic and ultrasound guidance confirming that the electrodes remain within the fibroid.
  • The appropriate duration of ablation is determined and treatment is then applied. Any bleeding is controlled as the handpiece is withdrawn.

The procedure is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Normal uterine tissue surrounding the treated fibroid is unaffected and the destroyed tissue either shrinks or is completely absorbed over time. Women see the most improvement within 3 months with continued improvement throughout the first year.



PHYSICIAN EXPERT:

Dr. Fouad Abbas

FOUAD ABBAS, M.D.

  • Fouad Abbas, M.D., is a fellowship-trained obstetrician/gynecologist who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.
  • He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Dr. Abbas has a special interest in the use of robotic surgical techniques for the treatment of gynecologic cancers.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE ACESSA PROCEDURE OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS A REFERRAL,PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW
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