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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, HealthyWomen.org, Gessie Thompson, Fibroid & Fertility Coach and author, HisMiddleName.com, 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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Myths About Fibroids Debunked

December 15, 2015 // Posted in: Doctors, Fibroids, In The Press

Natalya Danilyants MD

Washington Informer

Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD recently spoke with Sarafina Wright at The Washington Informer about common misconceptions about fibroids and treatment.

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Letting Fibroids Grow Can Create Uterine Distortion, Infertility

December 9, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Infertility

Sad coupleThe risks associated with growing fibroids are often underplayed by many doctors. The goal for many is to avoid surgery, and often avoid even non-invasive treatment until a fibroid becomes problematic. Women hear “watch and wait” from many medical practitioners: from gynecologists, general practitioners, physician’s assistants, and internal medicine doctors.

This philosophy is outdated and actually increases the risks of infertility, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, bloating and uterine distortion, putting women at a higher risk for a hysterectomy.

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Gaining Ground Against Endometriosis

December 8, 2015 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions

EFA 4-11-15 -7371 (2)Endometriosis is not well understood. This is true for patients, family members, employers and much of the medical community. A consortium of endometriosis specialists is needed to bring their extensive experience to increase the necessary awareness of a disease that is frequently misdiagnosed for years. The longer a woman has to wait for a proper diagnosis, the more damage the disease can do, and if treated insufficiently, it can actually become worse.

“Early diagnosis is the best prevention for endometriosis because it allows for early intervention,” said Dr. Tamer Seckin, co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. “Right now endometriosis is not a part of the current medical school curricula for Reproductive Health,” said Dr. Seckin. “It needs to be included and I will continue to lobby for its inclusion. But until that time other ways for increasing training need to be pursued.”

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Doctors pioneer alternative procedure for removing…

December 4, 2015 // Posted in: In The Press

alternative procedureThe Baltimore Times

Excerpt:

— According to The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC), by age 50, eighty percent of women will have fibroids, non-cancerous growths that originate from the muscle of the womb. CIGC further notes that African American women are three times more likely to have these painful and often infertility-causing cysts.

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Planning For A New Addition In The New Year?

December 1, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, Techniques

Many women who feel they are ready to start a family have difficulty conceiving, suffer through multiple miscarriages, or deliver early putting the mother and baby at risk. And many of those discover that they have a GYN condition that could have been treated. The emotional toll on a woman or couple trying to conceive can be painful. If these conditions are identified and treated early there is a greater chance of conceiving and carrying a child to term.

Getting started on this journey can be both exciting and emotional. At CIGC, our minimally invasive GYN surgeons partner with reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYNs to ensure you are receiving the most thorough care. We will take care of your surgery and your regular OB/GYN will take care of your pregnancy. Once you are on your way to a healthy pregnancy, your OB/GYN will be your partner through the rest of your journey, ensuring that your little one has a great start.

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