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Fibroids

USF Health Division of Gynecology specialists are proud to be amongst the few select providers in the state to offer an additional minimally invasive treatment to women who have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids.

Acessa 

Clinically termed Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap RFA), Acessa® is an option for pre-menopausal women who are seeking an alternative treatment to alleviate the discomfort and symptoms of uterine fibroids, past the stage of medication and less invasive than a hysterectomy.

Instead of surgically cutting into the uterus, our specially trained clinicians target the fibroid(s) directly with controlled heat to destroy the fibroid tissue and promote shrinkage over time.

Patient benefits include: 

  • Does not involve cutting into uterus
  • Preserves healthy uterine tissue
  • Fewer scars
  • Performed as an outpatient procedure that will allow patients to be discharged within the same day
  • Most patients can return to work and resume daily activities within 4-5 days

Facts About Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop from the muscle tissue of the uterus. The size, shape, and location of fibroids can vary greatly. Although commonly diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40’s, this condition can occur at any age.   

Although fibroids may not cause any symptoms, people with fibroids often experience the following:

  • Changes in menstruation (longer, more frequent, very heavy, very painful, irregular)
  • Anemia caused by blood loss
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or during intercourse
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen
  • Pressure
  • Enlarged uterus and abdomen 

Treatment Options for Uterine fibroids

  • Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap RFA)
  • Medications: Birth control pills, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) and progestin releasing intrauterine device
  • Surgery

Fibroids and Fertility 

Speak with your doctor regarding concerns of future fertility.

Our gynecology experts and reproductive surgeons who specialize in fibroids and their treatment will provide you with customized care and the best treatment options available for uterine fibroids, including minimally invasive surgical techniques as alternatives to hysterectomy.

To schedule a consult call (813) 259-8500.

 

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