- In three separate clinical studies, the complication rates associated with the Acessa System were consistently less than four percent. Dr. Macer can work with you to assess your possible risk factors and determine your best uterine fibroid treatment option.
- The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the procedure. Following Acessa surgery, you may experience mild abdominal pain for which Dr. Macer can prescribe medication.
- The surgery lasts approximately one to two hours. During this time, all of your uterine fibroids will be mapped by ultrasound and permanently destroyed using the Acessa System.
- Laparoscopic surgery is frequently called “band aid” surgery. In most cases, there will be two incisions, both 1/4 inch or less in length.
- Radiofrequency ablation refers to a method of destroying abnormal tissue through heat caused by an electrical current in the radio frequency wavelength.
- The Acessa procedure is performed as outpatient surgery, and patients return home to rest after they have recovered from the anesthesia. Most people can return to work within three to five days.
- Once women enter menopause and estrogen levels decline, uterine fibroids usually regress. How close you are to menopause may affect your recurrence rate. Since re-intervention differs greatly from patient to patient, you should discuss your case with Dr. Macer.
The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, however once a fibroid is destroyed, it cannot grow back. The Acessa procedure uses an ultrasound to identify the fibroids to be eliminated during treatment. This means Dr. Macer will find most, if not all, of your fibroids and treat them during the procedure. In the largest clinical trial to date, after 3 years, ninety percent of patients did not require further surgery for uterine fibroids.
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