The Acessa procedure utilizes a technology called radiofrequency ablation, and treats each fibroid by applying energy through a small needle array. The surrounding normal uterine tissue is not damaged or otherwise affected. Over time, the treated fibroid tissue shrinks and may become completely reabsorbed by the body.
When performed using CT guidance, radiofrequency ablation is performed under moderate sedation, without the need for general anesthesia, and only one very small (approximately ¼”) abdominal incision is necessary to perform the procedure. There is no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus itself.
When performed in an operating room, Acessa is performed under general anesthesia, with two very small (approximately ¼”) abdominal incisions during the procedure. There is no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus itself.