Brandon Regional Hospital now offers minimally invasive, laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (Lap-RFA) technology to treat women with uterine fibroids. The outpatient treatment is clinically proven to be a safe alternative to undergoing a hysterectomy and is well established with over 4,000 procedures performed to date.

The first system to utilize radiofrequency ablation, laparoscopic ultrasound and guidance mapping, the procedure can treat nearly all locations of fibroids — including those outside the uterine cavity and within the uterine walls. The outpatient treatment targets each fibroid by applying controlled energy through a small needle array.

Michael Stine Jr., DO, Obstetrics and Gynecology, began performing the first Lap-RFA technology procedures at Brandon Regional Hospital in March.

“Lap-RFA technology shrinks and destroys fibroid tissue,” said Dr. Stine. “Patients experience a significant reduction in symptoms and can return to normal activities quickly with an improved quality of life — all without undergoing a hysterectomy. We are excited to offer this new option to women, an option that has never been offered before in our community.”

Potential patient benefits include returning home from the hospital the same day, lower intraoperative blood loss compared to a hysterectomy and a quick recovery time. Laparoscopic ultrasound and guidance mapping also allows the surgeon to visualize and treat more fibroids. In clinical studies, the laparoscopic ultrasound can locate up to two times more fibroids than a transvaginal ultrasound. This allows patients to receive treatment for fibroids that may have previously been undetected.

Women that receive Lap-RFA treatment undergo general anesthesia and experience minimal discomfort after their procedure. Patients typically return to work in four to five days.

For more information about laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation at Brandon Regional Hospital, please call (813) 653-1065.