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Treated With Care: A Laparoscopic Hysterectomy At CIGC

April 15, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight

hsewell-headshotThe year before her laparoscopic hysterectomy at CIGC with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD, Heather S. started having terrible pain. She couldn’t walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.

“My lower back felt like it was being crushed and my pelvis felt like it was being shredded. The surgery was performed January 26th, and I’m doing remarkably well.”

Heather’s Case Was Complicated

Heather has a rare genetic condition called Dercum’s Disease. She typically has a routine down for introducing medical professionals to her condition, as it is very rare.

“Except I walked into Dr. MacKoul’s office and he already knew what it was. He knew that I was going to be a complicated case, but he also knew what he was going to have to do to make the surgery successful.

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Failed Fertility Treatments Leave Women Frustrated

April 13, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press

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Failed fertility treatments can be very expensive. After multiple tries, it’s the emotional investment that weighs most heavily. For women who struggle with fertility treatments, discovering later that there was a treatable condition that would have improved the success rates of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments can be extremely frustrating.

The good news is, some women are actually able to conceive naturally after minimally invasive procedures at The Center for Innovative GYN Care designed to help patients recover faster with less pain, using only two incisions.

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Diagnosed With Endometriosis, Pelvic Adhesions After Menopause

April 11, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Doctors, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Dorran Blog ImageDorran T., was diagnosed with endometriosis after menopause. Her history of GYN surgeries includes treatment for for multiple gynecological conditions over the past 17 years, but she continued to have pain until she met Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD last year.

“In 1999, I had an open surgery, c-section style for fibroids. Then seven years later, in March 2006, I had a hysteroscopy for fibroids and a cyst. I went into the hospital for a ruptured ovarian cyst. I was in so much pain I couldn’t move.”

Even after that surgery, Dorran was still in constant pain. Everything changed when Dorran met Dr. Danilyants.

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The 2016 EFA Annual Medical Conference and Blossom Ball

April 6, 2016 // Posted in: Events, Featured

EFA medical_conference

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is hosting its seventh annual medical conference on April 17th through the 19th, in New York City. The event is in three parts.

Endometriosis Surgery 2016, Pursuing Precision with Passion

April 17th – Patient Awareness Day (Free to public, but registration is required.)

April 18th & 19th – Advancing the Science and Surgery of Endometriosis

April 19th – The Blossom Ball

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Endometriosis Webinar Highlights: Q&A with Paul MacKoul, MD

April 1, 2016 // Posted in: Events, Featured

rsz_small1On March 30th, Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD hosted a webinar Get a Handle on Endometriosis: Why is It So Misunderstood by Patients and Doctors? and Q&A for anyone interested in learning more about endometriosis, the symptoms, treatment techniques, and minimally invasive GYN surgery at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

Read some of the highlights from the Q&A.

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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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