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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy for Nineteen Pound Fibroid

February 25, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

before and after“My fibroid took me by surprise. I had already had a myomectomy when I was in my late 20’s, so I thought I knew what to expect if they were to come back. I was wrong. My fibroid turned out to be the size of 2 healthy babies. I feel very lucky, and am extremely glad I chose to have CIGC and Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD perform my surgery.”

It is common for women who have fibroids to have them return after removal. It is also common for doctors to see overweight patients and overlook an actual condition, allowing it to get progressively worse over time. It was estimated that Temple’s fibroid had been growing for 3 years.

If you have ever wanted to know what it is like to recover in 2 weeks or less after a minimally invasive hysterectomy at CIGC, Temple kindly documented her experience so others can truly see how fast she started to feel like herself again.

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Essure Problems Shouldn’t Be Ignored! Find a GYN Specialist

February 25, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight, Procedures

Sarah SmilingIt is rare to find a doctor who truly understands your condition from the beginning. It takes time to work with a patient to understand how her symptoms connect to a complex GYN condition. But finding a minimally invasive GYN specialist who listens can change your life. Women don’t have to suffer for years with GYN conditions or pain from procedures that were not performed correctly. It is important for women to know they have a voice when it comes to their healthcare, something Sarah Joan Swann discovered over 23 years of trying to get her doctors to listen to her.

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Traveling for GYN Surgery: Endometriosis & Fibroid Removal

February 19, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, Medical Travel

New Travel image blogEndometriosis and fibroids are complex GYN conditions that require a specialist with expert training for the most effective results. Fellowship trained GYN specialists perform advanced techniques for minimally invasive endometriosis excision and large fibroid removal. These procedures, if performed by a trained surgeon, have faster recoveries resulting in less pain. Women return to their lives in days rather than weeks, making traveling for surgery a wise investment.

The Center for Innovative GYN Care specialists developed the DualPortGYN and LAAM techniques. These techniques make it possible to treat complex GYN conditions like large fibroids, extensive endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic adhesions and prolapse using just two tiny incisions. Using retroperitoneal dissection and uterine artery occlusion, the surgeons are able to control blood loss and see the entire pelvic cavity. These techniques make CIGC procedures more thorough and safer than other procedures. Incisions are very small, minimizing pain that is normally associated with open hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures. This means that patients are able to travel home a couple of days after surgery, and they are usually back to work in 2 weeks or less.

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Robotic GYN Surgery Risks: Tools Cannot Replace Skill

February 19, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press

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Advances in medical technology are essential for moving forward in healthcare. At the same time, it is important to evaluate how effective each new device, method or medicine is at treating patients as well as examining the risks. Robotic surgery has come under scrutiny in a recent report from the FDA MAUDE database.

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My Endometriosis and IVF Journey: Janelle’s Story

February 16, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Infertility, Patient Spotlight

Janelle“Not really knowing what the disease was, I did my research and realized that’s why I was always in so much pain. On January 30, 2012 I had my first surgery to remove my endometriosis by a regular OBGYN, not a specialist.”

Janelle later discovered that unless endometriosis is completely removed, it can continue to cause problems with fertility. It is a condition that is not well understood by the medical industry. Endometriosis experts are better at identifying and removing all lesions, endometriomas and pelvic adhesions (or scars) that can develop from years of inflammation. Not all OBGYNs are trained to recognize the symptoms or to thoroughly remove endometriosis. If lesions or damaged tissue is left behind, it can cause intense pain or infertility.

Janelle was referred to Dr. Paul j. Mackoul, MD, an endometriosis excision expert. If these conditions are identified and treated early there is a greater chance of conceiving and carrying a child to term. If surgery is necessary, minimally invasive GYN techniques make it possible for many women to begin starting their family sooner than with open, more invasive procedures.

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Hysterectomy Cannot Cure Endometriosis

February 10, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, News

Lena Dunham TwitterIn the recent announcements of Lena Dunham and Halsey about how pain from endometriosis has had a huge impact on living their lives, medical professionals have come out to comment on the condition, but there is a lot of outdated information they are sharing that will do more harm than good for women who are seeking treatment.

Endometriosis has no cure. It is a condition that can be effectively treated by an experienced specialist with medical therapy (including pain medication and hormone therapy), and surgery (primarily endometriosis excision, also known as resection, and resection of pelvic adhesions that often form in response to the inflammation).

Women with this disruptive condition looking for relief must find an experienced endometriosis expert to perform thorough removal of all instances of the lesions. This specialist should also be an expert in pelvic adhesion removal. Any lesions or adhesions left behind can continue to cause severe pain. If endometriosis is left behind, it can continue to spread.

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A Threat to Fertility: The Quiet Symptom of Fibroids

February 5, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

20150528_grace_raynelle_003Eight years ago, Raynelle was told she had fibroids. While they weren’t affecting her daily life, she discovered years later, they could pose a threat to her ability to carry a baby without complications.

“Within a 3-4 minute conversation with Dr. Danilyants, I had a better understanding of how my body worked than I had after 8 years’ worth of conversations with my regular OB/GYN,” said Raynelle.

Early detection and minimally invasive fibroid removal is the most effective treatment for women who suffer with painful, prolonged, or heavy periods. However, many OB/GYNs or general practitioners advise women to watch them and wait, but to let them know if their symptoms change. However, this can be subjective, as a patient may not know what to look for if the fibroids aren’t causing overt or rapid changes.

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Kidney Damage and Other Lesser Known Risks of Fibroids

February 5, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Doctors, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility

woman with pelvic pain“Fibroids can disrupt the delicate balance of the important structures in the pelvis,” said Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD. “These structures help the body to function, creating an important transport system. The ureter leads from the kidney to the bladder to remove urine from the body. The intestines help to remove food waste out of the body. The veins keep blood circulating. It is important for women who have large fibroids to talk to a specialist about the safest way to remove them based on future plans for fertility.”

These problems are more likely with large fibroids, but can be caused by smaller fibroids depending on their location. Women diagnosed with these problems need to have the fibroids removed.

The more common symptoms of uterine fibroids include heavy and/or prolonged bleeding (more than 8 days), pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, and infertility. These symptoms are more easily recognized, and are typically the reason women initially seek treatment.

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Right Place, Right Time: Minimally Invasive Endometriosis Excision

January 27, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Patient Spotlight

FullSizeRender-5Michelle sought a CIGC specialist for minimally invasive endometriosis excision after three other doctors were unable to diagnose her.

For nearly 3 years, Michelle had progressively worse bleeding with her cycle, and not in the usual way. Rectal bleeding is not usually considered a sign of a gynecological condition, but it her case, it coincided with every monthly period. Even with that clue, her doctors dismissed it.

Michelle consulted three different doctors: a general practitioner, a gastroenterologist and an OB/GYN, none of whom recognized the signs of endometriosis. It took a lot of missteps before finding a specialist to perform what would be a life-changing minimally invasive endometriosis excision.

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Live Event: Dr. Natalya Danilyants on Fibroids, Wednesday, Jan 27th

January 25, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, In The Press

Fibroids Project Jan 2016Conference Call: The Watch & Wait Method for Fibroids Does Not Work


Join Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD on a free conference call hosted by The Fibroids Project. The Fibroids Project is hosting a phone event on the “watch & wait method” for fibroids, Wednesday, January 27th from 7 PM to 8 PM EST.

Many patients have been told to watch and wait when with comes to their fibroids, only to have them grow very large or cause severe symptoms. Many women wait until their symptoms are very bad or do not realize there is a problem until they try to get pregnant.

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