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Acessa: A Treatment for Fibroids

Acessa: A Treatment for Fibroids

Fibroid Treatment in Montana

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you are not alone. In fact, an estimated 26 million women between the ages of 15 and 50 are living with fibroids in the United States. While not every case of fibroids results in associated symptoms or major health concerns, those that do are in need of an effective treatment. That is where Acessa comes in.

Read on to learn more about fibroids and how this minimally invasive procedure can help.

What are Fibroids?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can range in size from very small (the size of a seed) to large enough to fill the entire uterus (the size of a melon). Fibroids can grow on the outside of the uterus, inside the uterine wall, or even in the cavity of the uterus.

Fibroids are very common, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 80% of women will develop them at some point in their lives. While they can occur at any age, fibroids are most commonly diagnosed in women during their reproductive years (ages 20-50).

Fibroid Symptoms

The symptoms associated with fibroids can vary depending on the size, location, and number of growths present. For some women, fibroids cause no symptoms at all. Others may experience heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, constipation, or backache.

In some cases, fibroids can also lead to infertility or pregnancy complications.

What is the Acessa Procedure?

The Acessa procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery for the treatment of uterine fibroids. During the procedure, your doctor will make a few small incisions in your abdomen for a camera, ultrasound, and the Acessa handpiece.

Once the fibroids have been located, your doctor will use the Acessa handpiece to apply controlled heat directly onto the fibroids. This heat will shrink the fibroids over time until the mass is small enough to be absorbed into the body.

The Acessa procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery. Results may be felt within three months but may take up to twelve months for complete relief.

Acessa Procedure in Montana

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is proud to have Dr. Maya E. Sanchez-Rotunno on our team — the only provider in Montana to offer the Acessa procedure. If you are living with fibroids and are looking for treatment, the Acessa procedure may be right for you.

Contact our team today to schedule a consultation and get on your way to finding relief!