Acessa for Fibroids?

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Hi,

Has anyone tried or heard of Acessa? It's very odd as supposedly it's a great way to destroy fibroids with minimal down time. It's a minimal laparoscopic procedure that destroys the fibroids but supposedly doesn't use morcellation which is dangerous.

Yet very few doctors seem to do it when I Googled for more info. It was on the TV show The Doctors a few years ago, but not much other info out there now than the main site. And no OBGYN has ever mentioned it to me as an option.

Wondering, is it a scam? Has anyone heard of it or tried it? It sounds like it would be a great option if it were safe and affordable. Yet if it were safe and affordable you think there would be more folks talking about it. Thanks ladies.

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    Hi Sakura,

    I'm sorry i haven't heard of it. I've done quite a bit of research on how to get rid of mine too and i have bot heard of accessa.

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    Hi again,

    I very briefly looked i to it but then found that the only doctor that performed it was several states away and it just wouldn't work for me. It does sound like the perfect procedure. I think it might be newer than the others. I'd be curious to know if anyone on here has had it as well.

    Jess

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    I was looking into it, and had a consult with a doctor in Regina, Sask., Canada.

    ...Dr. Thiel, academic department head of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, has trained six other Saskatchewan doctors to do the procedure, and a seventh is learning... This is the fellow that I talked to.

    The problem with mine was that it is very large 19 x 13 , and I have been on Zoladex for years now and I am close to menopause. So, all blood supply is most likely already cut off from Zoladex. Given this, the surgeon didn't think it would help. However, it is a real treatment that I would have tried if the surgeon thought it would help.

    I would look into it if you have access to that treatment - it is real, not a scam. There is also ultrasound focused MRI treatment, which is even less invasive -- although not available as readily as the acessa.

    Best wishes,

    Jamie

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      Thanks so much Jamie!

      It just seemed so odd that no OBGYNs here ever mentioned it to me and couldn't find many reviews or info online. I found the company googling. So Acessa seemed like a safe, legit procedure?

      My fibroid is DEFINITELY feeding off my blood supply. It is like I said around 11cm. I'm not a candidate for targeted ultrasound MRI due to the size and location. I did check that out. I thought about UFE but worried won't work enough and about the plastic beads.

      Btw, what is Zoladex? And did you end up just leaving your fibroid and waiting for menopause or are you getting surgery? 19cm sounds AWFUL. I already know 11cm sucks 😦 I am prob close to menopause too, but doctor says could still be a few years and the fibroid is still growing. Also if I wanted to take HRT for menopause I'd worry the fibroid would grow more.

      I contacted the Acessa doctor in CA. Hoping I'm a candidate and insurance will cover it. Thanks! And hope you are well now!

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    Further thoughts -- Go to google scholar search engine and look up Acessa treatment - you get some studies and have free access to the abstracts. For example here is one...

    1.Lee, B. B., Isaacson, K. B., & Diamond, M. P. (2015). Radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation of symptomatic uterine fibroids: the Acessaâ„¢ procedure. In Leiomyomas: Risk Factors, Clinical Manifestations and Treatment Options. Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

    Abstract

    Radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation (RFVTA, the Acessa â„¢Procedure) is a new, promising laparoscopic, ultrasound-guided fibroid treatment modality that gained FDA clearance in November 2012. It has been studied in multiple clinical trials. Each trial demonstrated clinically and statistically significant bleeding reduction in patients with heavy menstrual bleeding; significant and durable symptom reduction and quality-of-life improvement regardless bulk, pain, or bleeding symptoms, early return to normal and work activities; and low rates of surgical re-intervention in an outpatient procedure. Ninety-eight percent of Acessa patients would recommend the treatment to a friend who had the same health problem. Surgeons in the various RFVTA studies learned the technique and elements of laparoscopic ultrasound and RFVTA before being proctored during initial cases; generally three proctored procedures were necessary before surgeons felt proficient with basic cases. We present a discussion of the development, features of and clinical outcomes following radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation (RFVTA) of fibroids.

    1. Guido, R., & Stuparich, M. (2016). Radiofrequency ablation: New paradigm for treatment of fibroids. Contemporary OB/GYN, 61(10), 12.
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    I regret getting Acessa as I have almost no degeneration. I'm getting a myomectomy as soon as I find another doctor.

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    I regret having Acessa as I have almost no degeneration. And my Dr specializes in the Acessa procedure. I'm getting a myomectomy as soon as I find a doctor who can remove it laproscopic or robotically. It was a waste of money.

    I wish that I had never heard of Acessa.

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