HealthWatch: ACESSA treatment shrinks fibroids | WFRV Local 5

BALTIMORE, Md. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – More than 25 million American women, ages 15 to 50, have uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths in the uterus that can cause pain and abnormal bleeding. For some women, a hysterectomy – surgical removal of the uterus – is the best option. But now a new laparoscopic procedure shrinks fibroids and helps women avoid invasive surgery.

Over the past few months, Tia Johnson’s life and health have taken a turn for the better. The mother-of-six just got married and is feeling great after years of battling discomfort and abnormal bleeding from a fibroid.

“This [the fibroid] was nine centimeters. I was told it was the size of a baby’s head. It was inside my womb, not outside,” Johnson pointed out.

Johnson’s doctor suggested medication that would put her into menopause and shrink the fibroid, or a hysterectomy, which could mean up to eight weeks of recovery.

“I couldn’t imagine having to be away from work for a long time to get this done,” says Johnson.

Latasha Murphy, MD, a minimally invasive gynecological surgeon at Mercy Medical Center, suggested a new procedure called ACESSA. Doctors operate laparoscopically through two tiny incisions in the abdomen.

Dr Murphy says: “We can identify exactly where in the uterus we want to treat, which is the fibroid, and limit the treatment to just the fibroid itself.

When the device heats up, it softens the tissues.

“During the operation, you can see the fibroids shrink right in front of your eyes,” she exclaims.

Johnson felt the difference almost immediately. As a bonus, fibroids can destroy a woman’s libido. With the fibroid gone…

“Everything came back. So my husband is happy,” Johnson mentions.

Dr. Murphy says the procedure can be repeated as needed to treat any new fibroids that grow. Many health insurance companies cover the ACESSA procedure, although patient co-payment may vary.

Contributors to this report include Cyndy McGrath, producer; Kirk Manson, videographer; Roque Correa, editor.

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Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537747/#:~:text=In%20the%20United%20States%2C%20an,and%2050%20have%20uterine%20fibroids.&text=More% 20over%2015%20million%20of%20symptoms%20or%20of%20health%20problems. https://www.usafibroidcenters.com/uterine-fibroid-treatment/acessa-procedure-vs-ufe/

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