Our CIGC Patients Say it BestWe are redefining care by providing our patients with the best options for minimally invasive GYN surgery for complex conditions. Hear what our patients have to say about our life-changing and innovative techniques for GYN procedures including myomectomy, hysterectomy, resection of endometriosis and more.
THE CIGC TRAVEL PROGRAM
We are the destination for life-changing minimally invasive GYN surgery. Our exclusive DualPortGYN or LAAM techniques were developed by our specialists, which means we have a lot of patients who travel to the Washington, D.C. area. We want to make traveling for GYN surgery from long distances as seamless as possible.Learn More
MEET OUR DOCTORS
Our minimally invasive GYN surgeons, Paul MacKoul, MD and Natalya Danilyants, MD, are an award-winning, innovative team that is board certified and fellowship trained. They developed the advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques used at CIGC. Choose a CIGC minimally invasive GYN specialist, and ensure you’re in the best hands.Learn More
LAAM is a groundbreaking uterine-sparing technique for the removal of fibroids. It is one of the safest and most thorough minimally invasive fibroid removal options available worldwide.Learn More
CIGC IN THE MEDIA
Keep up with news about The Center for Innovative GYN Care, Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD, Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD, and our modern minimally invasive GYN techniques that get patients back to their lives faster with less pain. See why patients with fibroids, endometriosis and other complex GYN conditions travel from around the world to CIGC. Read more.Newsfeed
REFER A FRIEND
The Center for Innovative GYN Care patients can refer a friend or loved one and receive an Amazon gift card.
Learn more about the details and exclusions for our referral program.Learn More
THE ROBOTICS CONTROVERSY
Learn why CIGC never performs robotic procedures. Our groundbreaking techniques are safer and more effective than robotic surgeries.Learn More
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“Initially, I was going to go through a regular gynecologist, I was prepped to have the surgery, but I was told the surgery would be 3 hours, the incisions would be large, and I would have a 6-8 week recovery. I wasn’t too pleased with that. They also told me that if I bled too much, they would have to do an emergency hysterectomy. I wasn’t too receptive to that. I didn’t want a hysterectomy, I didn’t want to be in surgery that long because it opens you up to risks, and I would be tilted. It sounded very risky to me, so decided to look through other options.”
“I was very receptive to Dr. Danilyants. She was attentive and made me feel comfortable with the whole process. She made me feel like she was on board in understanding where I was in regards to not wanting a hysterectomy. She made me feel very relaxed with the whole scenario. The staff was great. Everyone that I interacted with was nice and understanding and helped me with what I needed.”Learn More
Finding relief from menopause symptoms can be fraught with worry due to conflicting information about the risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, in a new, comprehensive study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London that followed 39,000 women on hormone therapy for 6 years, the results are clear.
Estrogen-only therapy showed no overall increase in breast cancer risk compared with women who had never used HRT. This type of therapy can be safely prescribed to women who no longer have a uterus. However, those using combined HRT, a combination of estrogen and progestogen, had a 2.7 times greater risk than non-users, significantly higher than previously reported. This is the type of hormone therapy that can be prescribed to women who have not had a hysterectomy. Estrogen-only therapy can negatively affect the uterus and requires progesterone to balance out the effects. Estrogen therapy alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer.
The implications for women who have GYN conditions that would benefit from a minimally invasive hysterectomy are now two-fold. In addition to treating a condition like fibroids, or adenomyosis, a hysterectomy opens a woman up to a safer form of HRT when she reaches menopause. Hormone therapy can alleviate the often life- altering symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal atrophy, while reaping the benefits of a decreased risk of colorectal, lung, and breast cancers, coronary heart disease, pulmonary embolism or stroke.Learn More
“I started having symptoms two years ago, and I was having intense cramps. When I had my period, it was 20 times worse. I always had pelvic cramping. I ignored it. I remember the doctor mentioning I had fibroids, but was told I could wait, take birth control, and watch. I did all of that, and took another medication, but nothing helped.”
“The staff [at CIGC] was amazing. Once I decided that I wanted to have a hysterectomy, I wanted it done immediately. If they could have taken me the next day, I would have done it. However, they got me in that very same week. I’ve never had a doctor and a staff that made me feel so comfortable. I was scared when I came in for the surgery, but I wanted to get well, and was torn because I don’t have any children, so it was very emotional. One of the nurses sat with me and talked me through it, letting me know that there are a lot of women my age who have the same condition, and there was just an overall warm feeling. I’ve met some good doctors and staff members, but nothing like CIGC.”Learn More
There are many conflicting studies about what to eat and what not to eat if you have fibroids. The fibroids diet may help control fibroids from growing in the first place, but once they are in the uterus and are showing signs of growing, changes to the diet either do not work or are short-lived.
Fibroid growth is unpredictable, and they can get very large very fast in some women. Many times doctors will tell a patient to watch and wait, rather than perform surgery. Women who could have treated smaller fibroids early on can actually face distortion of the uterus causing problems with getting pregnant, carrying a child to term, or have increased risks of requiring a hysterectomy.Learn More