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Baptist Health’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital Now Offers Acessa® ProVu System for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Fibroids

Facility is the First in South Florida to Offer the Innovative System

MIAMI, FL – November 30, 2021 – Every year, approximately 540,000 hysterectomies are performed for non-cancerous conditions, including uterine fibroids.1. Today, Baptist Health’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital announced that it now offers the Acessa ProVu® system, a safe and effective minimally invasive alternative for women with symptomatic fibroids who would otherwise require a hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, or uterine fibroid embolization. 2,3

The Acessa Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap-RFA) is the first and only system to utilize radiofrequency ablation, laparoscopic ultrasound, and guidance mapping to treat women suffering from uterine fibroids. The potential patient benefits include returning home from the hospital on the same day as the procedure, lower intraoperative blood loss compared to hysterectomy and myomectomy, and quick recovery time as patients typically return to work within 4-5 days. 2,3 The Acessa procedure’s laparoscopic ultrasound and guidance mapping also allows the surgeon to visualize and treat more fibroids. In clinical studies, the Acessa system’s laparoscopic ultrasound can locate 1.5-2x more fibroids than MRI or transvaginal ultrasound.2 This allows for patients to receive treatment for fibroids that may have previously been undetected.

“Since its inception, West Kendall Baptist Hospital has aimed to deliver stronger, smarter, and more accessible care to women. With this in mind, we are excited to add the Acessa ProVu system to our toolkit, which will provide those suffering from fibroids with more options that fit their needs and lifestyle,” Peter A. Khamvongsa, MD, West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “This is another important step in advancing our minimally invasive surgical solutions for the patients we serve here in South Florida, and I look forward to completing more procedures.”

Dr. Khamvongsa, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon trained OBGYN at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, completed training on the Acessa procedure in August 2021, and is credited with being the first physician in South Florida to complete the procedure.

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About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Acessa procedure

The Acessa procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment that involves two small abdominal incisions.1 It uses controlled radiofrequency energy, heat, to cause coagulative necrosis of the fibroid tissue. The treated tissue softens and shrinks over time, allowing fibroid symptoms to resolve with no suturing of the uterine tissue.2 Unlike many alternative interventions, the Acessa procedure optimizes imaging of the uterus by simultaneously displaying the laparoscopic camera view and the ultrasound view in real-time, so physicians can identify and treat nearly all locations of fibroids, including those outside the uterine cavity and within uterine walls.2 Women typically experience minimal discomfort after the procedure, quick return to normal activities in 4-5 days, and long term satisfaction and relief.1,2

Sources:

  1. Leroy Edozien, MD. Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Accessed August 4, 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC558440/
  2. Yelena Havryliuk, MD, Robert Setton, MD, John Carlow, EdD, MPH, Barry D. Shaktman, MD, Management of symptomatic fibroids: review and meta-analysis of the literature (2006 -2016), Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Vol. 21 (3) Jul-Sept 2017
  3. SG Chudnoff, et al. Outpatient Procedure for the Treatment and Relief of Symptomatic Uterine Myomas. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013;121(5):1075–82.