The University of Chicago Medicine 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 a laparoscopic gynecologic procedure, Acessa can ablate, or thermally dehydrate, the fibroid in the uterus. Then, the body's natural process gradually reabsorbs 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.