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Atrium Health Navicent Offers Sonata Incisionless Treatment for Fibroids

Atrium Health Navicent is now offering Sonata Treatment for uterine fibroids. The health system is the first in central Georgia to offer this new, incisionless fibroid treatment option.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors or growths within the uterus. They are the most common non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age, and it’s estimated that about 65 percent of women have fibroids by time they turn 65. For Black women, that number is 70 percent.

Sonata Treatment, an incision-free outpatient procedure that treats certain types of uterine fibroids, uses ultrasound technology at the tip of a handpiece to locate fibroids and treat them from inside the uterus. Radiofrequency energy shrinks the fibroid while a patient is under sedation. Because the procedure doesn’t require an incision, patients experience less pain, less bleeding and faster recovery. General anesthesia is not required for most patients.

“This is a life-changing tool for patients suffering from painful uterine fibroids, particularly those who may not have much time to take off from work to recover, who may not be good candidates for anesthesia, or who have had multiple abdominal surgeries,” said Dr. R. Edward Betcher, OB-GYN department chair for Atrium Health Navicent. Betcher is a specialist in minimally invasive gynecological surgery and was among the first surgeons to use the technology while working in Louisiana prior to joining Atrium Health Navicent. “I’m thrilled that Atrium Health Navicent has invested in this technology to help more central Georgia women live healthier, fuller lives free from fibroid pain.”

The best candidates for the procedure are women with uterine fibroids who experience heavy periods, irregular periods or bad cramping. It’s a new option for women who prefer not to undergo hysterectomy and for whom other fibroid therapies have been ineffective.

The new procedure is proven to reduce symptoms while getting women back to their normal activities in two days.

Patients see improvement in three months, although it takes about six months for fibroids to completely degenerate. To learn more about Sonata Treatment, schedule an appointment at Atrium Health Navicent Women’s Care by calling 478-633-1821, or ask for a referral from your OB-GYN for the procedure. To find a doctor, visit and click “Find A Doctor.”

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and well-being through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs 155,000 team members across 69 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.