Alternative Treatment for Women with Uterine FibroidOct 20, 2015
West Palm Beach, Fla. (October 20, 2015) – Good Samaritan Medical Center is the first hospital in Florida to offer Halt Medical’s Acessa procedure as a minimally invasive treatment option for women suffering from symptomatic uterine fibroids.
Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors in a woman’s uterus that often appear during childbearing years. While some fibroids are asymptomatic, others can be very painful and cause heavy bleeding, pressure on the bladder or rectum, a distended abdomen, and a lack of energy stemming from anemia.
The Acessa procedure utilizes a technology called radiofrequency ablation and treats each fibroid by applying energy through a small needle array. It is designed so that the surrounding normal uterine tissue should not be 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, and only two small (approximately ¼”) abdominal incisions are needed during the procedure. There is no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus itself.
“Women are looking for less invasive alternative treatment options, and we are excited to be among the first major health systems to bring this leading edge technology to our patients,” added CEO Mark Nosacka.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at least 70 percent of women in the U.S. will develop fibroids by age 50, and the prevalence is even higher among African American women. Fibroids may range in size from microscopic to larger than a grapefruit, and the rate at which they grow is unpredictable. A woman may have more than one fibroid at a time.
Good Samaritan Medical Center offers comprehensive services designed to care for women throughout every stage in life and is dedicated to providing valuable resources and care for all women in the community. For more information about the hospital’s gynecological services, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com/our-services/women's-health. For a free referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist near you, call 561-650-6023.
Acessa is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that delivers radiofrequency energy to destroy fibroids, and relieves symptoms without damaging or removing the uterus. After treatment, the fibroids are re-absorbed by the surrounding tissue. Acessa allows the surgeon to treat only the fibroids, while preserving normal function of the uterus. Patients typically go home the same day with little pain, and enjoy a rapid return to normal activities. Acessa is FDA-cleared for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids. For more information please visit www.acessaprocedure.com.