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Choosing The Best Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal Surgeon

March 31, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

Azundai CAzundai C., CIGC Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal Patient

“I had been diagnosed with fibroids in August of 2012, and had just moved back from the west coast,” said Azundai. “My nurse practitioner told me that I didn’t need to have surgery. We’d just watch and wait. I changed my diet to help with the symptoms, and to bring energy, and raise my iron levels. Three and a half years I waited.”

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A Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Patient: 18 Years with Fibroids

March 30, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

gspriggsGloria is a minimally invasive hysterectomy patient of Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD. She had her surgery in January 2016 and had such an amazing recovery, she was excited to share her story.

“Prior to coming to The Center for Innovative GYN Care, I was feeling light headed and had pain in my abdomen,” said Gloria. “I noticed a kind of protruding pressure, and the heaviness of my menstrual cycle.”

In 1998, Gloria’s daughter was born, and she was told that fibroids had developed during her pregnancy, but that they were nothing to worry about. For many years, they didn’t bother her.

“About five years ago, I started to notice that they were affecting me. As they started to grow larger, I had anemia and an enlarged uterus. I started to get ultrasounds because they were growing.”

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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Patient 9 Years Later, Michelle B

March 25, 2016 // Posted in: Doctors, Featured, Patient Spotlight

Michelle BordaMichelle B., had suffered a great loss, and almost immediately after thought she was going to have to face one more.

“My mother passed away from ovarian cancer,” said Michelle. “Four months after my mom’s death, my sister was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”

Her sister’s cancer was caught early. “After rounds of chemo, she survived, and by the grace of God, it hasn’t returned.” Michelle was a high risk for developing ovarian cancer. Women with mothers and sisters who have ovarian cancer are higher risks for developing the disease.

Michelle chose to have a prophylactic (preventative) hysterectomy that also removed her uterus, cervix, ovaries and her fallopian tubes. Dr. Paul MacKoul performed a minimally invasive hysterectomy, and Michelle was back to normal activity in a couple of days.

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Questions about Endometriosis? Submit them now!

March 23, 2016 // Posted in: Events

Email image with bannerOn March 30th, The Center for Innovative GYN Care surgical specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul and Dr. Natalya Danilyants will host Get A Handle On Endometriosis: Why Is It So Misunderstood By Patients and Doctors? a 30-minute Webinar followed by a 30 minute Q&A. Anyone wishing to attend can register online.

If you have questions about endometriosis, endometriosis excision, traveling to CIGC or questions about the CIGC minimally invasive GYN specialists, that you would like the doctors to address on the call and would like to submit them in advance, please email them to

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CIGC In The Community: Photos from 2016 DC EndoMarch

March 21, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions

2016 dc endomarchThis past weekend, The Center for Innovative GYN Care celebrated Endometriosis Awareness Month with amazing women and men participating in the annual WorldWide EndoMarch in DC.

The number of women who had similar stories about how long it took to get diagnosed, suffered through numerous procedures like ablation or hysterectomy that did nothing to treat the endometriosis lesions or made their conditions worse, or long-term medical treatments that created complications or did nothing was heartbreaking.

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Menstrual Pain May Be An Early Sign Of Endometriosis

March 16, 2016 // Posted in: In The Press


How can you tell if your pelvic pain is a sign of endometriosis?

For centuries, women have been told that menstrual pain is to be expected. This expectation has established a global mentality that pain associated with a period is normal, but how each woman experiences pain is subjective. This means that women who have pain associated with gynecological diseases are often unsure if the pain is a sign of something wrong, or just something that they have to live with.

Pain is never normal. It is a sign that something is wrong with your body.

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March 10, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured

2000px-Yellow_ribbonFor the past three years, the Worldwide EndoMarch has brought thousands of women, girls and their supporters from around the world to raise awareness about endometriosis. On March 19, 2016, EndoMarch will take place in over 50 countries. The Washington, D.C. march begins at 1PM at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE.

The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC), based in the DC area, is an active advocate for women suffering with GYN conditions. Our minimally invasive surgical specialists have seen firsthand the pain and anxiety women with endometriosis from around the world face before getting a proper diagnosis, evaluation and treatment.

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Paul MacKoul MD On emPower Hour: Fibroids & Fertility

March 10, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Fibroids, In The Press, Patient Spotlight

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Nothing is more powerful for women suffering from GYN conditions than to hear success stories from their peers.  In January 2016, Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Celeste Doaks joined emPower Hour host DeShuna Spencer for a discussion about fibroids and their affect on fertility. Celeste knew her mom had fibroids, but hadn’t had any problems that she was aware of, so she ignored hers until she started having pain and gaining weight inexplicably.

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Questions To Ask Your Doctor: Fibroid Removal Surgery

March 1, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, Patient resource, Procedures

patient with doctorFibroids can be problematic and removing them takes a skilled hand. When speaking to any doctor about fibroid removal surgery, it’s important to feel confident that you are in the best possible hands, and know what questions to ask.

If your physician recommends an open or robotic procedure, ask why he or she would not recommend a conventional laparoscopic myomectomy or a newer technique like the LAAM-BUAO developed by minimally invasive GYN specialists, and always consult another doctor. Do as much research as necessary to find a fibroid removal specialist who will help you understand all of your options and who can perform the most advanced techniques.

It is important to know the risks so you can make an informed choice.

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Learn to Love Your Body Again: Overcoming Severe Pelvic Pain

February 26, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured

severe pelvic pain blogBeing able to spend time with a partner can be difficult for women who suffer from GYN conditions that result in severe pelvic pain. Intimacy can be problematic, and relationships may suffer as a result.

We hear from many patients that they tried multiple treatments with either their OB/GYN, a general practitioner, or a radiologist. When these procedures are unable to remedy the symptoms of GYN conditions, it’s important to seek a specialist. Complex conditions like endometriosis and fibroids can continue to cause pelvic pain after surgery if not adequately treated.

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