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Radiofrequency Ablation for Uterine Fibroid Treatment

Acessa Procedure

The University of Chicago is one of few medical centers nationwide offering radiofrequency ablation of fibroids.

Radiofrequency thermal ablation, most commonly known as Acessa, is an outpatient procedure that destroys living fibroid tissue using a thin radiofrequency needle. During laparoscopy, Acessa can ablate, or thermally desiccate, the fibroid in the uterus and let the body's natural process gradually reabsorb the fibroid. Acessa enables some women to keep their uterus and obtain relief from their symptoms without a larger surgery.

Acessa is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Patients typically resume normal activities within a week.

Learn more about understanding uterine fibroid treatment options.