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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impact on living their lives, medical professionals have come out to comment on the condition, but there is a lot of outdated information they are sharing that will do more harm than good for women who are seeking treatment.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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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

Photo of a laboratory microscope with a blood sample on a glass slide.

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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