Why Uterine Fibroids Are the Most Commonly Overlooked Tumors in Women

Dr Lee Featured in Goop In a recent appointment, gynecologist Bruce Lee, MD, saw a woman who looked eight months pregnant. She wasn’t. But the benign tumors in her uterus had grown so large that it looked as if she might be. She was seeing Lee that day to get those tumors, called uterine fibroids, treated for the first time. The reason this patient had waited so long to get help, says Lee, is because the standard treatment for fibroids is a hysterectomy: a full removal of the uterus from the body. The patient didn’t want a hysterectomy, so she

Acessa Vs. Alternative Fibroid Treatments

What has been your involvement in the development of the Acessa procedure? How many Acessa procedures have you performed? How long have you been performing Acessa? I first performed radiofrequency ablation of fibroids (Acessa procedure) in 1999 when I became the first surgeon to successfully treat a series of highly symptomatic fibroid patients with this technology. At that time I used existing instrumentation that was designed to treat liver cancer and modified the procedure and the surgical technique to allow fibroids to be effectively treated. Since then, I have established what is now the methodology for performing and teaching Acessa.

New Fibroid Treatment – One Year after Acessa Procedure Treats 32 Fibroids

The Acessa Procedure is a new, FDA cleared, outpatient, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that treats uterine fibroids safely and effectively without a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). See Dellita report her experience one year after Acessa, and why she is now publicly revealing her devastating symptoms and how uterine fibroid tumors controlled her life. Before treatment, Dellita looked 6-months pregnant, had severe anemia, and suffered depression. She underwent outpatient treatment of 32 fibroid tumors with Acessa one year ago. She recovered rapidly and resumed most normal activities in 4-5 days. Within a few months, Dellita had her life back. Six

When and How Fibroids Should Be Treated

  WHEN SHOULD FIBROIDS BE TREATED? Physicians differ in their opinions and in the ways that they treat patients with uterine fibroids. Most recommend treatment only when fibroids cause symptoms such as excessive menstrual bleeding, pain, abdominal distension, or urinary frequency. And what is the most frequently recommended treatment? Hysterectomy. For many women, hysterectomy for benign tumors/fibroids is not acceptable. As a result, almost daily I see women with fibroids who have, in my opinion, suffered far too much for much too long. Of the over 12 million U.S. women who experience symptoms from uterine fibroids, approximately 159,000 undergo hysterectomy

Pregnancy After Acessa

In July of 2015, I performed the Acessa procedure upon a patient of Dr. Patrick Diesfeld at the Ventura Surgery Center in Ventura, CA. She had a history of infertility for years and uterine fibroids that were causing pelvic pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. She and her husband had desired a child and had attempted to conceive for years but had been unsuccessful. They had almost given up any hope of having a child, since she was now over 40 years of age. Dr. Diesfeld advised them to treat the fibroids with the Acessa procedure. At surgery we treated multiple

Life Before Acessa

An Acessa Patient Shares Her Bold Journey to Discover a Better Treatment For Painful Fibroids My fibroids were detected at an annual gynecological check-up over 10 years ago. My OB/GYN noticed the fibroids manually. She sent me to get an ultrasound where they said there were a few fibroids, but not very large, so I didn’t do anything about them. For years, I noticed at every check-up my fibroids were getting larger. My sister was diagnosed with a large fibroid, the size of a grapefruit, when she was 50. She did a total hysterectomy, and I took care of her

Comparison of Acessa™ and Uterine Artery Embolization

Comparison of Radiofrequency Ablation of Fibroids (Acessa™  Procedure) and Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) Uterine Artery Embolization Procedure The procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist. If complications occur, the patient is cared for by a gynecologist. Under sedation, an incision is made over the femoral artery and a catheter is inserted. Under fluoroscopy (real time, X ray imaging) the catheter is maneuvered into the left and then the right uterine artery. Permanent synthetic beads (usually made of poly vinyl alcohol PVA) are then injected which enter the uterus and block blood flow, causing ischemia or lack of oxygen throughout the