Helping women with uterine fibroids

Healthwatch

Painful uterine fibroids are the most common reason American women get hysterectomies, some 300 thousand a year.  

But there is a new minimally invasive way to treat fibroids and still maintain the ability to have a baby.

Twenty-nine-year-old Chanel Harvey whips up salmon stuffed with crabmeat, without any pain, now that her fibroids have been dramatically reduced.   

She says, “I think it’s amazing. I never expected everything to just be normal, cause I’ve never had a normal period.” 

Just like her mother, Chanel experienced severe cramps and heavy bleeding because of fibroids, benign uterine tumors.

She had a procedure to remove them, but they grew back. Hysterectomy was an option, but Chanel wanted to leave open the possibility of having children later.         

Doctor Jessica Shepherd offered Chanel a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation.  

The doctor adds, “Radiofrequency energy is not radioactive, it’s rather an energy that’s delivered to the actual fibroid, and allows it, through heat, to decrease in size.” 

Heat is pushed through the device and destroys the fibroids.  

Dr. Shepherd says, “I think this is a major breakthrough for fibroid treatment and a surgical approach that allows women to resume their daily activity and quality of life.” 

The procedure has changed Chanel’s life. No pain, no heavy periods, no hysterectomy.  

Patients with fibroids should ask their doctors about the acessa option for treatment. 

It shrinks fibroids by 40 percent, reduces pain, and reduces bleeding during periods.  

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Special Olympics: Athlete Spotlight

Special Olympics powerlifters get ready for competition

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics powerlifters get ready for competition"

Special Olympics Cross Country Skiing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics Cross Country Skiing"

Special Olympics Basketball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics Basketball"

Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 2020 U.P. Winter Games

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 2020 U.P. Winter Games"

Special Olympics: Downhill Ski

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics: Downhill Ski"

Special Olympics Figure Skating

Thumbnail for the video titled "Special Olympics Figure Skating"

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Thumbnail for the video titled "Polar Plunge for Special Olympics"

Latest News Video

Live Report: NMU Men's Basketball Game

Thumbnail for the video titled "Live Report: NMU Men's Basketball Game"

Room at the Inn new homeless shelter

Thumbnail for the video titled "Room at the Inn new homeless shelter"

Polar Plunge Part Two

Thumbnail for the video titled "Polar Plunge Part Two"

Polar Plunge Part One

Thumbnail for the video titled "Polar Plunge Part One"

LOCAL 3 THURSDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST 2/20/2020

Thumbnail for the video titled "LOCAL 3 THURSDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST 2/20/2020"

LOCAL 3 WEDNESDAY OVERNIGHT WEATHER FORECAST 2/19/2020

Thumbnail for the video titled "LOCAL 3 WEDNESDAY OVERNIGHT WEATHER FORECAST 2/19/2020"