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.