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A COMMUNITY IN CRISIS: FIBROIDS SEVERELY AFFECT AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN

February 13, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids

70-80% of American women by age 50 will develop uterine fibroids. For African-American women that becomes a staggering 90%. Even with an already high rate of occurrence, African-American women are 2-3x more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications from them. African-American are affected by fibroids on average more than 5 years earlier than other women. In today’s society, women are waiting longer to have children. Extensive research is still needed to understand why fibroids develop in the first place, why African-American women get them more frequently and with more severity than other races, and how they affect fertility.

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SISTERS’ RECOVERY FROM DIFFERENT HYSTERECTOMY PROCEDURES WERE NIGHT & DAY

February 9, 2018 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Toni had a DualPortGYN hysterectomy at CIGC. She recovered in a week. Darmetta had an open procedure in Texas. Six weeks later, she is still recovering.

TONI: “…something in the back of my head kept saying, ‘Surely, there are more options available.’ So, I began my internet search and found The Center for Innovative GYN Care website. I was ecstatic! There was a procedure that wouldn’t require me taking off work for 6-8 weeks.”

DARMETTA: “My only apprehension was my relationship with my gynecologist. I thought it would be hard to make a decision without having a relationship with the doctor. If I had a chance to do it over, I would have gone to Maryland.

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5 SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS: FAMILY CIRCLE

February 7, 2018 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, In The Press

Family Circle featured endometriosis symptoms to be aware of so that women can have more informed discussions with their doctors.

EXCERPT FROM FAMILY CIRCLE

“It can take up to 11 years from the onset of symptoms to get diagnosed with this painful condition in which the type of tissue that grows inside of your uterus begins to grow outside of it. While there’s no cure for endometriosis—a disease that strikes one in ten women—recognizing the symptoms means you can save yourself a world of hurt.

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TEXAS FIBROID REMOVAL PATIENT EXPLORES DC MONUMENTS DAY AFTER SURGERY

February 2, 2018 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

I was up by 8AM, I looked at my girlfriend and said ‘Let’s go look at some monuments.’ and she said ‘Are you kidding?’ I replied ‘No, I’m not. You’ve never been to D.C.’ We got up and went and checked out monuments until I was tired which was around 7:30 that evening. We came back, I fell asleep and left for home the next day.”

“I’ve heard stories of hysterectomies being horrible. I will say, from having proximal hamstring injury surgery, the DualPortGYN hysterectomy was a cakewalk.

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BABY BOOM: CIGC FIBROID REMOVAL PATIENT RAYNELLE SHARES HER JOURNEY TO MOTHERHOOD

February 1, 2018 // Posted in: Events, Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

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Raynelle came to The Center for Innovative GYN Care in 2015 for fibroid removal surgery, and as she says in her Facebook Live video, “You guys already know the punchline, I have a beautiful baby girl! I feel like I’ve been given a beautiful gift of being able to have my daughter and I want to help other people who have fibroids, also.”

“When I went to my consultation with Dr. Danilyants, she explained my fibroids to me in a few minutes, better than my doctor had for 7 years.”

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THE SILENCE & STIGMA OF PERIOD PAIN: FIBROIDS, ENDOMETRIOSIS CAN DESTROY A WOMAN’S LIFE

January 25, 2018 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press, Infertility

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IGNORING CHRONIC PAIN FROM GYN CONDITIONS DEEMED UNETHICAL: BEYOND THE STIRRUPS PART 3

The modern battle cry to demand women’s voices not only be heard, but taken seriously, faces a challenge within the healthcare system that can, to this day, erode a woman’s trust in herself.

Those with whom our health is entrusted are not always knowledgeable about complex GYN conditions that cause period pain, and are often dismissive towards their female patients. Not being taken seriously can result in delays treating complex GYN conditions like endometriosis or fibroids that put a woman’s health at risk.

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FACEBOOK LIVE: RAYNELLE SHARES HER FIBROIDS & FERTILITY JOURNEY

January 17, 2018 // Posted in: Events, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM

Join us January 24th at 8:00 PM (EST) on Facebook as Raynelle shares the next phase in her journey.

RAYNELLE: FROM FIBROIDS TO STARTING A FAMILY, A LIVE TESTIMONIAL

Raynelle had fibroids for years. They weren’t affecting her daily life, but as she discovered years later, they posed a threat to her ability to carry a baby. As years passed, the fibroids grew to the size of a small grapefruit or an orange. Local physicians in New Jersey were recommending an open myomectomy, with a large incision. She researched her options and made the decision to travel to CIGC.

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LAPAROSCOPIC MYOMECTOMY RECOVERY & WHAT TO EXPECT

January 10, 2018 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM

It is important when having a fibroid removal procedure to choose a specialist who can remove all of the tumors large and small. This can only be accomplished by being able to touch the fibroids, which is not possible with standard laparoscopic or robotic procedures.

Once a patient is through recovery from a myomectomy, menstrual cycles should normalize, and there should be a noticeable difference in the level of pain. After at least 3 months, women can pursue fertility options.

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AKENA’S STORY: IGNORING FIBROIDS CAN JEOPARDIZE FERTILITY

January 8, 2018 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

“When I had my first consult with Dr. MacKoul, I ended up having to go through the fertility screening process again, testing my ovarian reserve. We talked about alternative options but ultimately, the fibroids needed to come out. The results of my test were not what I wanted to hear. My uterus was essentially non-existent. The fibroids were pressing on my bladder and would engulf it if I didn’t take care of this. Dr. MacKoul was honest, saying the likelihood that you are going to be able to get pregnant on your own is very, very low.”

Read about Akena’s journey and finally finding relief from fibroid symptoms, at CIGC.

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WOMANHOOD IS NOT DEFINED BY A UTERUS: DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT HYSTERECTOMY

December 28, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, Procedures

Who you are today has less to do with your anatomy than it did when previous generations insisted on defining gender roles. In modern life, gender fluidity, particularly when it comes to a child’s development, has also joined the conversation. What it means to be a woman is constantly being redefined.

When it comes to needing surgery to treat fibroidsadenomyosis or other complex GYN conditions, however, old-fashioned misunderstandings still abound. Part of the problem is not knowing just how the female reproductive system affects a woman’s overall health.

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