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Menstrual Pain May Be An Early Sign Of Endometriosis

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

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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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Join CIGC AT THE DC WORLDWIDE ENDOMARCH, MARCH 19th

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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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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