James Macer M.D.

Premiere Women's Healthcare

Pasadena | 626-449-6223

Rolling Hills Estates | 310-541-8400

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Acessa surgery safe?

  • 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.

 

How painful is the procedure?

  • 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.

 

How long does the procedure last?

  • 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.

 

How big will my incisions be?

  • Laparoscopic surgery is frequently called “band aid” surgery. In most cases, there will be two incisions, both 1/4 inch or less in length.

 

What is radiofrequency ablation?

  • Radiofrequency ablation refers to a method of destroying abnormal tissue through heat caused by an electrical current in the radio frequency wavelength.

 

Will I have to stay in the hospital?

  • 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.

 

What is the chance I will need another procedure to treat uterine fibroids?

  • 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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Locations

Pasadena Office

10 Congress St., Suite 400 | Pasadena, CA 91105

Phone 626-449-6223 | Fax 626-449-0035

 

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Promenade on the Peninsula

550 Deep Valley Dr., Suite 287

Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Phone 310-541-8400 | Fax 310-541-7900

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