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Southwest General Physician Performs State’s First Groundbreaking Fibroid Treatment Procedure

Caroline Fienga
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Southwest General Physician Performs State’s First Groundbreaking Fibroid Treatment Procedure

Middleburg Heights, OH (Thursday May 30, 2013) – On Friday, May 31, 2013, a groundbreaking medical procedure will be performed—for the first time in Ohio—at Southwest General Hospital’s Main Campus, 18697 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights.

Shirley Bennett, MD, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist on the Medical Staff at Southwest General, will use the newly FDA-cleared Acessa System to treat a patient suffering from uterine fibroids.  Dr. Bennett will be the ninth physician in the U.S. to perform the Acessa procedure commercially. Dr. Bruce Lee, founder of the procedure, also will be on hand.

Acessa uses a technology called radiofrequency ablation that destroys fibroids by applying energy through a small needle array. The surrounding normal uterine tissue is not affected. The destroyed tissue may then be completely reabsorbed. (Note to Editors: Animated video clips of the procedure and interviews with both physicians are available upon request.)

For patients suffering from uterine fibroids, the new outpatient procedure offers tremendous benefits:

  • Eliminates the need for hysterectomy with its attendant potential complications
  • Removes fibroids while preserving a healthy uterus
  • Uses a minimally invasive procedure that reduces scarring and overnight hospital stays
  • Decreases the risk of symptom recurrence

“Uterine fibroids are a large part of the practice for gynecologists at Southwest General,” Dr. Bennett explained. “Until now, the treatment options had significant risks for recurrence or other long-term health issues. We’re excited that Southwest General is Ohio’s first hospital to offer this leading-edge alternative.”

“The Acessa procedure was developed to address the largely unmet patient need for a minimally invasive, effective and safe method of treating uterine fibroids that allows preservation of the uterus,” explained Dr. Lee. “Dr. Bennett was quick to appreciate that Acessa meets these needs with high patient satisfaction, a low incidence of re-intervention and rapid return to normal activities. Dr. Bennett’s treatment of patients with Acessa at Southwest General is an important step on the way to this procedure becoming a mainstay in the treatment of uterine fibroids.”

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves.