Women's Health

ACESSA

As part of its growing Women’s Health program, Southern California Hospital-Culver City is proud to be one of the only facilities in Los Angeles to offer a breakthrough treatment for women ages 25-55 with symptomatic uterine fibroids.

The Acessa System, devised and developed by Bruce Lee, MD, is a leading technology for the treatment of uterine fibroids—a common ailment for women in the U.S. Almost 70% of Caucasian women and more than 80% of African-American women have uterine fibroids by age 50. The symptoms that patients experience can range widely—from heavier than normal menstrual blood flow and bloating to severe uterine bleeding and pelvic pain, cramping, constipation, nausea and a need to urinate without being able to do so. All these symptoms can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s quality of life. Unfortunately, the options for fibroid treatment today do not always meet a woman’s expectations. Many treatments come with high rates of symptom recurrence, and treatments such as a hysterectomy can have significant undesirable consequences.

Medicine has been seeking a way for women to have their fibroids treated in a minimally invasive manner that allows for few complications and a rapid recovery—while minimizing the chance of recurrence of the fibroid symptoms.

Dr. Lee, a pioneer in this field, is the inventor and world’s leading practitioner of this safe, effective and FDA-approved procedure. The potentially life-changing treatment is available at SCH-CC’s Center for Uterine Fibroid Treatment.

The Acessa procedure uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fibroids inside the uterus. The surgeon performs the procedure (also known as radiofrequency ablation or RFA) through two very small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, using laparoscopic ultrasound and a special instrument designed by Dr. Lee. Tiny needle-like wires at the end of the instrument transmit a low-energy electrical current directly into the fibroid. Heat generated in the fibroid spreads by conduction, destroying the fibroid. The destroyed tissue is safely absorbed by the surrounding healthy tissue. Because the technology avoids cutting into the uterus, the normal uterine tissue is preserved and blood loss is very minimal.

The Acessa procedure uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fibroids inside the uterus. The surgeon performs the procedure (also known as radiofrequency ablation or RFA) through two very small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, using laparoscopic ultrasound and a special instrument designed by Dr. Lee. Tiny needle-like wires at the end of the instrument transmit a low-energy electrical current directly into the fibroid. Heat generated in the fibroid spreads by conduction, destroying the fibroid. The destroyed tissue is safely absorbed by the surrounding healthy tissue. Because the technology avoids cutting into the uterus, the normal uterine tissue is preserved and blood loss is very minimal.

With the Acessa System, it is possible for a woman to eliminate her fibroids while keeping a healthy uterus. This allows her to quickly return to a normal quality of life without the potential long-term complications of a hysterectomy. The procedure, done on an outpatient basis, is laparoscopic, thus resulting in little scarring. Generally, patients take mild anti-inflammatories following the procedure that allows them to return to work in less than a week.

Download the Acessa brochure