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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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GET MOVING: BEING ACTIVE SOON AFTER FIBROID REMOVAL SURGERY AIDS IN RECOVERY

November 15, 2017 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press, LAAM

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“When you are limited in mobility for an extended period of time, more than two weeks, muscles begin to decondition, or detrain,” said Paul MacKoul, MD. “Walking promotes the flow of oxygen throughout the body, and maintains normal breathing function. Gastrointestinal and urinary tract function are improved, and with improved blood flow, wounds heal faster. Every patient’s recovery is different and should be monitored by a physician, but gradual and measured increase in movement and activity can help prevent prolonged recovery times.”

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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Recovery: Choosing the Right Specialist Matters

November 7, 2017 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured

There are many options for hysterectomy procedures. Recovery for each procedure depends on the skill of the specialist, placement of the incisions and technique used for removal and control of blood loss. These factors all play into patient safety, surgical outcomes and both the length and quality of a patient’s recovery.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy recovery has been proven to have overall better outcomes for patients, but choosing an experienced minimally invasive GYN surgeon has a direct impact on surgical success and recovery.

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CIGC New York Fibroid Removal Patient Sherri Welcomes A Baby Girl

October 24, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Sherri C, New Yorkfibroid patient traveled to CIGC for a LAAM myomectomy in 2015 to improve her chances of being able to conceive, and recently welcomed her first child, Emersyn after a determined search for the right donor.

GYN conditions are often dismissed by patients and doctors, due to the normalization of pain with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

“I never knew that your periods shouldn’t be this heavy and that you have choices. And I want my daughter to know that she has choices early. If kids are in her future, I want her to be able to maintain her fertility and have every option.”

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It’s Not In Her Head: Challenging Systemic Attitudes About Women’s Health Within The Medical Community

October 18, 2017 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, In The Press, LAAM

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Advancements in minimally invasive techniques today are light years ahead of where they were, even 10 years ago. There is little need to perform open GYN procedures other than financial gain. The fact that patients who present with complex GYN conditions are still told that open surgery is their only option, frequently performed by surgeons who are not trained on the latest techniques shows a systemic reluctance to advance women’s health care options.

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JOIN CIGC: RESOLVE THE NATIONAL INFERTILITY ASSOCIATION WALK OF HOPE, OCT 14th

October 4, 2017 // Posted in: Advocacy, Events, Featured, Infertility

The mission is simple: Give a voice to the 1 in 8 couples battling infertility. The Walk of Hope is a day to recognize the many ways in which families are built. People of all ages can participate as a walker or donor.

The Walk of Hope:

  • Brings comfort to the 7.3M Americans suffering with infertility
  • Increases public awareness and advocacy efforts
  • Ensures that all family building options are available to everyone
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Endometriosis Excision Recovery

September 20, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Featured Procedures, Procedures

endometriosis excision recoveryChoosing an experienced laparoscopic GYN surgeon has a direct impact on your endometriosis excision recovery. Endometriosis is an extremely complex condition that varies from woman to woman. The longer a woman has to wait for an endometriosis diagnosis, the more damage can occur. In many cases, women begin to experience symptoms from their first menstrual cycle, but are told that cramping can cause pain, so over time, many women learn to expect the pain and simply live with it until it escalates or until fertility is affected.

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