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Traveling For An Advanced Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgeon

June 27, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, DualPortGYN, Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Kimiberly Bruce small“I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2003 when I was 23,” said Kimberly. Endometriosis can ravage a woman’s reproductive system. The implants can cause inflammation can create adhesions between organs within the pelvis or affect the fallopian tubes.

Kimberly’s mom died from complications that followed a hysterectomy procedure with a robot, performed by a surgeon unfamiliar with the machine. Choosing the best possible laparoscopic hysterectomy surgeon was important to her.

“The Center for Innovative GYN Care popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, probably because I’d been searching online for hysterectomy surgery. I liked how detailed the website was and how much information was on there. Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for in Texas, I took a chance and called. The scheduler was able get me in to see Dr. Danilyants in a couple of weeks.”

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Traveling for LAAM Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal

June 20, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

annemaltese_image1In her search for the best fibroid doctor possible, Anne traveled from Omaha, NE to CIGC in Rockville, MD for LAAM fibroid removal surgery with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD.

“Dr. MacKoul has always been great at explaining things and helping me know what’s going on.  He was much more empathetic than my other doctors and he asked questions that really helped with my comfort level. He cared about my experience and my opinion, whereas one doctor in Nebraska made me feel like I was overreacting, and the other made me feel like a science project.”

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The Guise of Choice: The U.S. Female Sterilization Controversy

June 15, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, News

Web imageChoosing whether or not to have children is an important and personal decision that both women and men make. When the decision is to not have children, the options for women are complicated, and access is problematic. Across the board for women between mandatory wait times, and layers of requirements based on individual states and insurance policy restrictions, female sterilization has become a controversial topic.

A non-surgical alternative, Essure, was introduced to the market, that allowed in-office placement of nickel-titanium coils into fallopian tubes without the need for incisions. It became the standard of care for sterilization. Organizations like Planned Parenthood that don’t perform surgical procedures widely adopted the device.

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What You Need To Know About Removal of Pelvic Adhesions

June 14, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured

Pelvic adhesions are common in women who have endometriosis that is extensive, or left untreated. Adhesions also form after Cesarean sections or other types of open surgery, and can be the result of infections. Scar tissue can grow between two organs in the pelvic area and cause significant pelvic pain. Pelvic adhesions can occur around the bladder, bowel, ureter, uterus and ovaries.

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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

Beautiful redhead woman using tablet computer on the bed at home

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


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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