Married to Medicine and Sister Circle star Quad Webb admits she was so busy with work and life that she ignored a lot of the discomfort she was experiencing internally.
“I clearly saw and felt the changes in my body,” she told HipHollywood in a recent interview. “The lower back pain and lower abdomen pain, frequent urination, heavier periods. It was tough.”
The 39-year-old was later diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and she was told she had 10. Quad was made aware of her options, including a myomectomy, which is a procedure that removes uterine fibroids and can either be done by cutting open the abdomen, or via a laparoscopic option, which is a few small incisions around the abdomen and in the belly button.
As someone who had been in pretty good health, Quad was scared about what everything meant for her future.
“When I first learned of that information, I cried. I sat right there and I cried in the doctor’s office and so much began to go through my mind,” she said. “I’m in my late 30s, I don’t have a child yet, I truly do desire a daughter and I don’t know how bad this is. It could possibly not happen for me. That’s what I was thinking.”
Quad was smart enough to call around and make sure she knew of all of her options. An OBGYN friend in Chicago made her aware of Acessa, which is a minimally invasive treatment option that reportedly uses radiofrequency ablation and heat to destroy the fibroid. Two small incisions are made to allow the camera, any tools and the needle array tool to be inserted to get to the fibroid. It doesn’t require a doctor to cut or suture the uterus. It sounded like the perfect option for Quad, and was after all.
“I called up to Chicago, I have a really good friend who is an OBGYN there,” she said. “He said you really need to look into Acessa. I learned more about Acessa, learned that I would not be down for six weeks. In fact, in one week I was able to get up and start moving around and start doing my thing again!”
Quad learned from that experience the importance of advocating for yourself, doing your own research and not always just taking what doctors tell you as the only option you have.
“I feel like women, we really need to be more vocal when we are going to speak with our physicians,” she said. “You need to be more assertive and we need to demand that they listen. You can do that in a very kind way, but you need to be heard. You don’t need to go with what they are pushing you.”
She added, “There’s over 300,000 hysterectomies that are being conducted a year, and maybe 30 to 40,000 myomectomies, and there’s so many other options that are out there.”
I can say that I am someone who has been impacted by uterine fibroids, and I underwent a myomectomy just this year to get a submucosal one, which is the least common kind, removed from my uterine cavity. While I don’t regret the method I went with, which required a few small incisions and some downtime, I do agree that you should weigh out all options. One doctor may tell you that you don’t need anything invasive, another might tell you that complete removal is necessary, and a third might want to cut you fully open to go to work. At the end of the day, you have to know what’s available and what makes sense for you to make the best decision.
Acessa does seem like a pretty good option, with 94 percent of women who’ve had it, including Quad, saying they were satisfied with their treatment. As always though, do your research.
If you’d like to know more about it, you can check out the Acessa website. Also, the video below, at the 6:00 mark, shows you how the procedure works: