Welcoming a Baby After Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery

August 11, 2015
GYN Surgery

Woman holding her child against her chest

As Couples Wait to Have Children, Risks of Infertility Can Cause Further Delays

Lisa SWhen women approach 40, there are many thoughts about what changes will happen to their bodies over the next 10 years. For many, thoughts of childbearing have the most poignancy. Having a child later in life is increasing as many couples are waiting until they are more stable. It makes sense that the increase in assisted fertility and infertility surgery has risen simultaneously, as the likelihood of GYN conditions affecting fertility increase as women delay having children.

Lisa S. discovered this was true for her. As a busy actress, her career was her primary focus, and consumed much of her time. She discovered when she was ready to have a child that there was a problem. A grapefruit sized tumor on her ovary would make it impossible for her to carry a child to term.

“Despite the size of the tumor, Dr. MacKoul said he could leave my uterus intact,” said Lisa. “I really appreciated being asked about whether or not I wanted to have children. Being over 40, I was worried. I’ve always been very healthy, and had tried a holistic approach to reduce the size, but it was getting bigger. My back was hurting and I had intense pelvic pain.”

Choosing Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery

Some women have no idea that there is anything wrong until they try to get pregnant. Many women with GYN conditions do not experience pain or abnormal bleeding. Once a condition is discovered, it’s important to find a surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive GYN surgery. When it comes to fertility, experience matters.

“I was apprehensive about surgery. After I had met with Dr. MacKoul, and he said he could remove the tumor laparoscopically AND make it possible for me to try to get pregnant, I was relieved.”

The DualPortGYN technique developed by the GYN surgical specialists at The Center for Innovative GYN Care can treat most conditions that affect fertility. Using only two tiny 5MM incisions, one at the belly button and another at the bikini line, the CIGC surgeons treat pelvic masses, endometriosis, pelvic and intrauterine adhesions, and hydrosalpinx. In addition, CIGC specialists developed LAAM (Laparoscopic assisted abdominal myomectomy) which is used to remove fibroids while leaving the uterus intact.


In May 2015, Lisa and her husband welcomed their little girl, Piper into the world.

“After I had healed from the surgery, we decided it made sense for us to start IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments. The 2nd time was the charm. I had no trouble carrying her and we got to welcome her into our lives on May 28th.

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Surgical specialists can often see patients sooner because they are focused entirely on surgery. Each patient gets detailed, in depth attention from Dr. Danilyants and Dr. MacKoul. This personalized care helps patients understand their condition and the recommended treatment so that they can have confidence from the very start. Our surgeons have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients.

Book a consultation today with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD or Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD.


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