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Break The Silence: The Fight For Endometriosis Research

June 2, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, News

endometriosis funding thumbnailAccording to a recent article in CNBC, it is estimated that endometriosis costs the United States $119 Billion annually in both medical costs and loss of production.

Endometriosis is a complex, and very often, a misunderstood GYN condition. Mild cases can affect one woman to the point of crippling her for days, while another woman with a more severe stage may not show any symptoms. It can affect personal relationships, work, self esteem, and fertility.

When diagnosed and treated early, women have better long-term control of pain. There is a higher chance that the treatment will be more effective, and there will be less damage to the reproductive system. The current state of apathy towards endometriosis research reflects the long-touted claim that pelvic pain is normal. Perpetuating the myth that pain is part of a woman’s monthly period can cause irreversible harm. Delaying diagnosis and treatment gives endometriosis time to do a lot of damage, even beyond the intense pain.

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Back On The Soccer Field: Texas Endometriosis Patient

May 31, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Sheridan Becanic upcloseCollege student and athlete Sheridan B., from Corpus Christi, TX had suffered with endometriosis that interfered with her ability to focus on her studies and play soccer, a sport she has played all her life. Unsuccessful with her search to find a specialist in her home town, she decided to broaden her scope.

“Through my process of trying to find help locally, I hit a lot of dead ends,’ said Sheridan, B. “I was looking to consult with other surgeons, and it was my mom who, during her search, found The Center for Innovative GYN Care when she searched online. I had all these issues and the doctors would treat the symptoms but would never fix the problem.”

I’m looking forward to just feeling normal again. My last semester I told my mom I feel like a shell of who I am. Going into the future, I’m looking forward to the little things, just going to the gym, and being able to do all of the things my friends were doing and staying on top of schoolwork. It’s nice to have my energy back. I like to keep myself busy.

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Why Choose Endometriosis Excision Over Other Treatments?

May 26, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Procedures

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Women who suffer with endometriosis often have long, painful journeys to getting a proper diagnosis. The perception of pain as a natural part of monthly periods has affixed itself into the consciousness of so many people, including medical professionals, that far too often women believe it is something they have to accept as part of life. Pelvic pain is not normal, so when a period makes it impossible for a woman to get out of bed, or double over in agony, there is something physically wrong that needs to be addressed by a minimally invasive GYN specialist.

Endometriosis excision preserves the uterus, tubes & ovaries for women who wish to maintain fertility, or who have milder disease. The Center for Innovative GYN Care specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD are advance trained minimally invasive GYN surgeons who specialize in endometriosis excision, fibroid removal, hysterectomy, ovarian cystectomy, pelvic adhesion removal as well as diagnosing GYN conditions that are often overlooked by general practitioners.

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Traveling For The Best Large Fibroid Removal Procedure

May 24, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Cassadra Del Viscio“I didn’t realize how much [the fibroid] was affecting me,’ Cassandra DV, Stoneridge, NY. “I can do floor postures in yoga now without feeling it getting in the way.”

Cassandra was diagnosed with a fibroid five years ago. “My initial gynecologist sent me in for a sonogram to gauge the size. At that point I didn’t have any symptoms. He said ‘At some point this is going to make you look pregnant, and you are going to have to do something.’ For a couple of years, though, I didn’t really think about it.”

Even when they are not overtly symptomatic, fibroids can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s life, and they can become a problem without much warning.

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Choosing the Best Fibroid Removal Option: Travel to CIGC

May 20, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Medical Travel

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Many of patients with large fibroids travel from around the world to meet with the 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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Straight Answers: Life After A Hysterectomy | CIGC Travel Patient

May 18, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Doctors, DualPortGYN, Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

CassandraDCassandra D. Flew to CIGC From WI for a Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy with Natalya Danilyants, MD

“About 7 years ago, I went to my gynecologist concerned about the heavy bleeding I was having with each period,” said Cassandra D, WI. “He downplayed it saying that I was probably perimenopausal. …I saw another gynecologist later, and she said the same thing. For years, no one bothered to get to the bottom of why my cycles were so heavy. I had pain every time I had my period…”

“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.”

“In the end, I chose to have a hysterectomy. …Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD at CIGC performed the surgery and she is an incredible surgeon…”

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Meet Michelle Bogdanovich-Davis, DualPortGYN Webinar Featured Guest

May 11, 2016 // Posted in: Events, Procedures

FullSizeRender-5Michelle suffered for over three years. Three different doctors couldn’t diagnose her. It was important for Michelle to be able to tell her story. At the end of that three years, she felt like she was dying. It was then that she heard about The Center for Innovative GYN Care on the radio, and finally decided she needed to see a specialist.

On Wednesday, May 18th at 8:00 PM, Michelle will join Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD for a webinar on DualPortGYN minimally invasive hysterectomy. Michelle had a very complex condition, and hysterectomy with Dr. MacKoul was only part of the surgery performed. She will also discuss the endometriosis and pelvic adhesions that caused her organs to be fused together, which caused her uterus to be fused to her bowel.

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Don’t Settle For Your Mother’s Hysterectomy

May 10, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, Procedures

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An estimated 500,000 hysterectomies will be performed in the United States in 2016, with many of them as higher risk procedures: invasive open hysterectomy, blind vaginal hysterectomy, or robotic hysterectomy procedures.

 The high level of risk associated with these types of hysterectomies can lead to additional surgeries to repair delicate areas in the pelvis that can be damaged during the operation, including the bowel, bladder, ureter or blood vessels. Bowel injuries can lead to life-threatening infections that must be addressed immediately. It is important to understand what a hysterectomy entails, possible complications that can arise due to pelvic adhesions, and to choose a skilled minimally invasive GYN surgeon who will explain in detail what will happen during and after the surgery.
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Facing An Infertility Diagnosis: What Are My Options?

April 28, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions, Doctors, Featured, Infertility, News, Techniques

infertility diagnosisInfertility treatment today is not what it was even five years ago. Technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, with better evaluation techniques, increased success rates without the fear of ending up with multiple babies after in vitro fertilization, and safer minimally invasive GYN procedures to treat existing conditions. Raising awareness, and knowing the steps to take to start overcoming infertility can help many women and men start or continue to build their families.

This guide will help women and men navigate what can be an emotional, and complicated path to overcoming infertility, and knowing where to begin when struggling to conceive.

April 24-30, 2016 is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), a Resolve, The National Infertility Association initiative.

The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health.

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“I Don’t Even Feel Like I Had Surgery” DualPortGYN Hysterectomy

April 19, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight, Procedures

Lisa Viverette“From the time I had my consult all the way through my surgery, it was such a great experience. The staff, the doctors everyone was so professional. I got immediate response from the doctors whenever I had a question.”

When women compare CIGC procedures to other more invasive options, they are stunned to see the difference.

“I feel bad for all these women who go through horrible surgeries unnecessarily. I remember taking things to a co-worker who had an open hysterectomy who had a 6 week recovery. And that was just a few years ago. There is so much misinformation out there about fibroids after menopause, which after reading your site, I discovered was wrong.

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