Newswise — September 30, 2013 – Neptune, NJ – Jersey Shore University Medical Center announces today that Mark Martens, M.D., chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Jocelyn A. Carlo, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology, performed the first Acessa procedure in New Jersey. The procedure is used for the treatment of uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroids are benign growths on the uterus that usually occur during childbearing years. While most fibroids are asymptomatic, some may grow and cause heavy menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and urinary tract problems. In rare cases, fibroids may complicate pregnancy. As many as 3 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids by the time they reach 50.

The Acessa procedure is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that delivers radiofrequency energy to destroy the fibroids. After treatment, the fibroids are re-absorbed by the surrounding tissue. Acessa allows the doctor to treat only the fibroids, while preserving normal function of the uterus. Patients typically go home the same day with little pain, and enjoy a rapid return to normal activities. More than 300 women have been successfully treated with Acessa.

“We are delighted to introduce patients to the Acessa procedure,” says Dr. Martens. “It represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of uterine fibroids—a common and potentially uncomfortable health issue.”

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, nerve surgery and women’s specialty services. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit