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The Biggest Threats to Women’s Gynecological Health

January 23, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Fibroids, In The Press

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A feature in HealthNewsDigest highlights findings from a recent survey conducted by The Center for Innovative GYN Care that shows the knowledge gap in understanding women’s gynecological health and treatment for common conditions.


More than half of women in the U.S. are unclear about GYN conditions and the surgical procedures to treat them. This is significant, as up to 80 percent of U.S. women will have fibroids by age 50, over 5 million suffer from endometriosis, and more than 500,000 hysterectomies will be performed in the U.S. this year, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Up Close: Dr. Natalya Danilyants & Dr. Paul J. MacKoul Reviews

January 23, 2016 // Posted in: Patient resource

drs bethesda mag smallerIf you have tried to navigate the healthcare industry online to find a new personal doctor, dentist, eye doctor or specialist of any kind, it can be daunting. Your health is everything. Being nervous about choosing the right medical professional is to be expected.

At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, our minimally invasive GYN surgeons take pride in creating a patient experience that establishes a partnership from the beginning. In addition to understanding your condition, and having the skill and experience necessary to treat it, Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD and Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD take into consideration patients plans for the future, especially when it comes to personal health concerns or fertility. They take the time to explain exactly what is happening in a thorough and personalized consultation, and then discuss options for treatment.

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Fighting for Research: The U.S. is In a Fibroids Crisis

January 22, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press, Infertility


Fibroids can cause infertility or create difficult pregnancies, miscarriage or preterm births. Seventy to eighty percent of American women will develop fibroids by age 50. According to the National Institutes of Health, fibroids and other common gynecological conditions represent an important health concern due to the large number of women affected.

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The Benefits of CIGC Outpatient Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies

January 19, 2016 // Posted in: Patient resource, Procedures

Hysterectomy 500000 part 2An estimated 500,000 hysterectomies will be performed in 2016, with many of them as higher risk procedures: invasive open hysterectomy, blind vaginal hysterectomy, or robotic hysterectomy procedures.

The advanced technique DualPortGYN was developed by the minimally invasive GYN specialists at CIGC to take advantage of specialized techniques that help to control blood loss and map the pelvic cavity. Hysterectomies can be performed using just 2 small incisions no larger than a paper cut.

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Learn the Dangers of Anemia Due To Fibroids

January 14, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Fibroids, Infertility, Patient resource

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Heavy bleeding from fibroids and other GYN conditions can cause anemia. If blood test results show that you are anemic, it is important to put what that means into context, so that you can monitor your symptoms and make sure to seek treatment if they worsen.

Knowing the dangers of anemia can help women get ahead of potentially life-threatening complications such as congestive heart failure, angina, arrhythmia, and/or heart attack. Depending on your future plans for fertility, it is important to find a surgeon who will work with you as a partner, and who can perform either procedure through minimally invasive techniques, such as LAAM or DualPortGYN.

Fibroid removal surgery can be performed as a myomectomy, removing the fibroids from the uterus, or as a hysterectomy, removing the uterus itself.

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Resolved to Take Care of Your GYN Health? Get a Head Start.

January 12, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient resource

Girl walking to mountainsIt’s time to remind yourself of the goals you set for yourself before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

For many women, regaining health and energy includes taking care of their GYN health, too. Long standing conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic adhesions and other conditions often take a back seat to everything else, that is until they can no longer be ignored. Get ahead of the problem this year.

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A Report Card on Robotic GYN Surgery: 10 Years Later

January 11, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, News

Robotic Surgery Report cardAccording to a Fall 2015 article in the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery, (Ten-year Food and Drug Administration Reporting on Robotic Complications in Gynecologic Surgery, Kristin M. Shields, MD, et al) a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Manufacture and User Device Experience (MAUDE) evaluated 10-year statistics related to robotic GYN surgery, shows that there has been a steady increase in reported robotic injuries, deaths or device malfunctions.

Over the 10-year period, 455 injuries and 177 malfunctions from robotic surgery were reported, with the most common gynecologic procedure, hysterectomy leading in both injuries or death.

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Thank You For A Wonderful Year: Patient Stories of 2015

January 1, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 7.01.14 PMThe past year has been remarkable for The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

Many of our patients have kindly shared their stories about their incredible recoveries after surgery in blog posts, interviews with the media, and with family and friends. Several have undertaken their own advocacy efforts with research and support groups for endometriosis, fibroids and other GYN conditions.

As we look back at the year, we are struck by how these women are all looking ahead. Here are their stories of how their lives have changed for the better. We couldn’t be more grateful for their continued support in helping other women find us so that we can help them get back to living their lives.

Thank you to all of our patients and Happy New Year!

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Barrier to Motherhood: Raising Awareness of the Fibroids Crisis

December 28, 2015 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility

Fibroids Article CompositeThe path to motherhood is a deeply personal journey. For many women with fibroids, it can be full of heartache and loss. Aside from the normal angst of wanting to raise a child to be healthy, and provide a start in life that will give them the best opportunities, before that can even happen, getting pregnant, carrying a child to term and delivering without harming mother or baby can be a painful challenge.

We are in a fibroids crisis, and they are being treated by many doctors as though they are the equivalent to a headache. Watch and wait. “If they aren’t bothering you, you don’t need to do anything about them” is a common phrase uttered in exam rooms, but it dismisses the fact that they can, and very often grow to sizes that can disrupt plans for having a family.

To balance out the confusion in the doctors office, women are taking to social media, creating grassroots organizations, coaching and writing about their experiences, and building communities to take the fight to D.C.

In the coming year, there is a push to increase awareness through grassroots efforts launched by The White Dress Project, The Fibroids Project,, Gessie Thompson, Fibroid & Fertility Coach and author,, and The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

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GYN Surgery Options: It’s Your Body. Be Involved.

December 21, 2015 // Posted in: Patient Spotlight

Christine GChristine G., CIGC Hysterectomy Patient, Endometrial Cancer

Regardless of how early it is caught, hearing the phrase “endometrial cancer” is scary. Even with a background in healthcare, the first rush of the words can rock you back on your heels. On September 28, 2015 Christine G. had a biopsy on her uterine lining in Altoona. On October 1st, she was told it was cancer. It was caught very early. It hadn’t reached stage 1. After the initial shock, and talking with several people, she knew she was going to be fine.

After a bad experience in PA, she started researching doctors who perform hysterectomies near Hagerstown, MD. Dr. Paul MacKoul came up and after reading the testimonials, she booked an appointment immediately.

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