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Fibroid Treatment: Frequently Asked Questions


How safe is the Acessa™ Procedure?

In three separate clinical studies, the complication rates associated with the Acessa System were consistently less than 4%. Your doctor can explain the potential complications of all available fibroid therapies.


How do Acessa patients feel about the procedure?

Over 90% of patients receiving the therapy were satisfied with the treatment and would recommend it to a friend.

From baseline to 24 months, patients’ mean quality of life scores improved by over 100% and mean symptom severity scores improved by over 50%.


How painful is the procedure?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the procedure. Following the procedure, you may experience mild abdominal pain for which your physician may prescribe medication. Your physician may only prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to take the night before the procedure and for a few days after.


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.

Will I go home the same day?

The Acessa Procedure is performed as outpatient surgery, and patients usually go home after they have recovered from the anesthesia.

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

The cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, however once a fibroid is destroyed it cannot grow back. The Acessa Procedure uses ultrasound to identify the fibroids for treatment. This means your surgeon will find most, if not all, of your fibroids and treat them during the procedure. In the largest clinical trial to date, the re-intervention rate was < 5% per year. The chance of fibroids growing after the procedure will vary greatly from patient to patient.


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