Menstrual Periods and Fibroids

Uterine/Vaginal Bleeding A menstrual “period” is the result of normal hormonal changes that tell the ovaries to ovulate or produce an egg. Menstrual periods are normal to have and they normally occur every 21 to 35 days in premenopausal women. They are triggered by a fall in progesterone levels in the blood which causes the endometrium (uterine lining) to shed. This shedding produces uterine/vaginal bleeding that normally lasts no more than 7 days. However, there are other types of uterine bleeding that may be misinterpreted as a menstrual period. The most frequent reason for abnormal uterine/vaginal bleeding that is not

My Fibroid Story

First, let me say if I had first known about Dr. Lee and the Acessa procedure before, I would not have wasted a year trying for everything else. I strongly believe this treatment should be available to all women with fibroids as a safe alternative to more traditional treatments like myomectomies and UFEs. Dr. Lee and his staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. As a scared woman not knowing if I could keep my uterus, I was made to feel supported and safe and taken care of. Here is my story… In August of 2015 I went to my local

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

Saying Acessa Was The Right Choice Is An Understatement

I can’t recommend radiofrequency ablation, the Acessa Procedure enough. I turned to Dr. Bruce Lee, a patient, kind, personable, and very experienced doctor in treating my eight fibroids through the radiofrequency ablation (Acessa) procedure. My symptoms included a large bloated abdomen, severe blood loss (menorrhagia), frequent urination (every half hour), dyspareunia (sexual pain), recurrent constipation/diarrhea (fibroid on top of my bowel), lower back pain, and an excessively large uterus. After just two hours and two incision sites and one or more puncture sites for the Assessa needle, I walked out of the outpatient facility and through the lobby to our

How Fibroids Controlled My Life

Hello. I am going to tell you a story about how non-malignant tumors had a such a negative effect on my life. Fibroids controlled where and when I went to work, school, Church, the grocery store, and even to visit loved ones. Early Years – Pre-op Most of my life my menstrual cycles were always heavy, even in my teens, but they got progressively worse as I got older. In 1992 and 1993 I suffered miscarriages in a span of 11 months. I thought it was just not meant for me to be a mom at that time. It never

There is another option. There is hope. There is Acessa!

I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids over 12 years ago. Wanting to preserve my ability to have children, my only option at that time was a myomectomy. The doctor explained that this was a temporary fix and that the fibroids would most likely grow back, but I had no idea how true this would be for me. I underwent the myomectomy, which was a very invasive surgery that landed me in the hospital for almost a week. The pain was indescribable and my recovery took several months. Almost immediately, fibroids began to appear again. Over the course of the next

The Acessa Procedure is Revolutionary for Women

The Acessa Procedure is revolutionary for women. Acessa is an option that is now available, possibly allowing a woman to avoid a hysterectomy. I had the Acessa procedure 10 days ago with Dr. Bruce Lee. I am feeling amazing! Right after the laparoscopic surgery, I immediately noticed a change in urinary issues I had been experiencing. I am hopeful that my frequent urinary track infections will be resolved. I also noticed that a continuous pressure, tightness and fullness above my pelvic bone was gone. I felt unexpected relief with a certain type of lower back pain I have had for

Wholeheartedly Recommend Dr. Lee and the Acessa procedure

I am beyond grateful to have found such an amazing doctor and procedure for the treatment of my uterine fibroids. The experience has been a great and truly liberating one for me. Initially, not knowing anything about the Acessa procedure I had many questions and concerns, which were quickly remedied after meeting Dr. Lee. He is an incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable and through doctor, with a warm and comforting bedside manner (truly a wonderful man). Any initial hesitations subsided and paled in comparison to my concerns about having a hysterectomy; as this was the recommended treatment option offered by my initial

Pandemic of Zika Virus Causes Major Birth Defect

An outbreak of a little known virus called the Zika virus has caused women infected during pregnancy to give birth to infants with microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head, mental retardation, and growth and developmental abnormalities. The outbreak is predominantly occurring in Brazil, where the Brazilian Health Ministry recently reported 3,530 cases of microcephaly and 46 infant deaths possibly linked to the virus. In 2015 at least 2,782 cases of microcephaly were reported compared to 147 in 2014. The number of cases is increasing daily, and the peak mosquito season is in April, bringing fears that the