Finding The Best Fibroid Removal Surgery May Mean Traveling Out-Of-State For Many Women
When women wait on treating fibroids, they can grow very large and disrupt their lives. This can happen in ways they never expected: Fatigue due to anemia from heavy bleeding; abdominal swelling and discomfort due to size; difficulty going to the bathroom because a fibroid is pressing on the bladder or bowel; damage to kidneys by blocking the ureter, or pressure on veins causing dangerous blood clots; avoiding social engagements due to unpredictable bleeding or intense pelvic pain.
These symptoms are often the result of doctors telling their patients that fibroids are nothing to worry about and that the best thing to do is to “watch and wait” on treatment. The problem is, fibroids can grow to such an enormous size that these doctors have to later resort to painful open surgeries, or robotic surgeries with up to 5 incisions that can take long to perform, and have long recovery periods.
Minimally invasive fibroid removal can be hard to find around the United States, partially due to lack of training on advanced techniques, but also due to the risks associated with removing fibroids with procedures that cannot visualize the entire pelvic cavity.
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Many patients with large fibroids travel from around the world to meet with CIGC surgical specialists Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD. The state-of-the-art DualPortGYN and LAAM techniques were developed by the fellowship-trained laparoscopic minimally invasive surgeons at CIGC to treat complex GYN conditions that would normally be performed as open or robotic procedures.
We have a lot of patients who travel to the Washington, D.C. area for our unique advanced surgical techniques. We want to make traveling for GYN surgery from long distances as seamless as possible.
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Cassandra contacted Paul MacKoul, MD about the LAAM laparoscopic fibroid removal procedure. “Dr. MacKoul told me what would happen in the future, expectations after each procedure. No other doctor had talked to me about that. He let me make the decision about whether or not to have a minimally invasive myomectomy with LAAM or a minimally invasive hysterectomy with DualPortGYN, and what it would look like under both scenarios.
“December 22 was my surgery. I drove down to CIGC. I have family in the area, so I was able to stay with them for the rest of that week. I went back to work a week later. I could have gone back before then. That Sunday, I was at the Ravens/Steelers game in Baltimore. I knew about their travel program, but since I had family nearby, I was able to be with them and recover.”
Jenny B. from Wisconsin has a very demanding job as a physical therapist assistant to the elderly. When it came time to discuss options for her fibroids, her doctors only recommended a hysterectomy. That would mean being out of work for at least 6 weeks, as she had no options for light duty. “As a physical therapist assistant for the elderly, I have to be able to lift and be there to support my patients,” said Jenny. “It’s a safety issue. And, like many women, I can’t afford to be away from my job for 6 weeks, either.”
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GYN surgical specialists can often see women sooner because they are focused entirely on surgery. Each patient gets detailed, in depth attention from Dr. Natalya Danilyants and Dr. Paul J. 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.
Offices are conveniently located throughout the Washington D.C. area in Rockville, Reston, and Annapolis, MD. Women looking for a GYN specialist for a laparoscopic hysterectomy, endometriosis excision or fibroid removal travel to CIGC from around the world.