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VVRMC Now Offers Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hospital news

Val Verde Regional Medical Center Now Offers Acessa® ProVu System for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Fibroids

Every year, approximately 540,000 hysterectomies are performed for non-cancerous conditions, including uterine fibroids. Now, Val Verde Regional Medical Center offers the Acessa ProVu® system, a safe and effective minimally invasive alternative for women with symptomatic fibroids who would otherwise require a hysterectomy, myomectomy, or uterine artery embolization.

Dr. Mostafa Salama performed the first surgery of this kind at Val Verde Regional Medical Center this week with great success. “The patient had an 8 cm posterior fibroid that we were able to shrink with laparoscopic RFA right here at VVRMC,’ says Dr. Salama. Now patients can stay right here in Del Rio for a minimally invasive treatment allowing them to go home the same day.”

The Acessa Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap-RFA) is the first and only system to utilize radiofrequency ablation, laparoscopic ultrasound, and guidance mapping to treat women suffering from uterine fibroids. The potential patient benefits include returning home from the hospital on the same day of the procedure, lower intraoperative blood loss compared to hysterectomy and myomectomy, and quick recovery time as patients typically return to work within 4-5 days. The Acessa procedure’s laparoscopic ultrasound and guidance mapping also allows the surgeon to visualize and treat more fibroids. In clinical studies, the Acessa system’s laparoscopic ultrasound can locate 1.5-2 times more fibroids than MRI or transvaginal ultrasound. This allows for patients to receive treatment for fibroids that may have previously been undetected.

“We are excited to add the Acessa ProVu system to our toolkit, which will provide women suffering from fibroids with more options that fit their needs and lifestyle and can help restore their quality of life,” says Chelsea Gurley, Interim Surgical Services Director. “This is another important step in advancing our minimally invasive surgical solutions for the patients we serve.”

Although many patients may benefit from the Acessa procedure, this treatment is not for everyone and results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor about the potential benefits and risks and whether this treatment is right for them. Information contained in this article is not to be used as a substitute for talking to your doctor. You should always talk to your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.