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The Battle Over Essure | The Controversy

July 28, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press

In July 2017, Washington Post Magazine featured the Essure controversy. Many women who have had the device placed have experienced negative side effects. The article tracks the experience of Keisha Carney and Angie Firmalino who both had Essure. In addition the article takes a comprehensive look at the history of the device, a review of the scrutiny prior to coming to market by the FDA, and the advocacy champions who led the charge to bring the makers, Bayer, to a review hearing that resulted in a black box warning.

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Choose An Advanced-Trained Fibroids Specialist at CIGC

July 26, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids

Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding that can lead to anemia, and also result in pelvic pain, bloating and infertility. Choose a fibroids specialist at CIGC. Using just two small incisions, the CIGC advanced-trained specialists can remove large or multiple fibroids and get you back to living your life in just days. Thousands of women have turned to the CIGC specialists for our state-of-the-art laparoscopic fibroid removal procedures.

DualPortGYN and LAAM fibroid removal techniques help women recover faster.

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Fibroids Affect African-American Women More Severely

July 19, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, In The Press

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Seventy to 80 percent of American women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. That number goes up to 90 percent for African-American women, who also suffer from more severe symptoms, and often start at an earlier age.

Fibroids Affect African-American Women Disproportionately

Even with an already high rate of occurrence, African-American women are two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications from them.

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ICYMI: FIBROIDS AND ENDOMETRIOSIS PATIENT PANEL DISCUSSION RECAP

July 7, 2017 // Posted in: Events, Featured, Fibroids

On June 22nd, The Center for Innovative GYN care world-renowned laparoscopic GYN specialists invited a panel of patients to share their stories, and help women who have been suffering with fibroids and endometriosis understand how advanced surgery at CIGC changed their lives. Future events will be held in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Interested in attending?  Sign up for our Newsletter!

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FIBROIDS FAST FACTS! July Is Fibroids Awareness Month

July 6, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids

Fibroid awareness means knowing more about an extremely prevalent GYN condition. Eighty percent of all women will develop fibroids by age 50. That number balloons up to nearly 90 percent for African-American women, who are three times as likely to be negatively affected by them. For many African-American women, larger fibroids with heavy bleeding can develop at a younger age.

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Delays in Diagnosing Endometriosis Can Lead to Irreversible Damage

June 15, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press

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It can take up to a decade for a woman to get a proper endometriosis diagnosis. Diagnosing endometriosis is complicated. The symptoms often mimic other conditions, symptoms may not appear severe enough for a medical consultation until it progresses or is discovered due to fertility concerns, and social norms that persist over expected menstrual-related pelvic pain often leads even medical professionals to dismiss patient concerns.

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Early Endometriosis Treatment, Ongoing Maintenance Helps Lauren Manage A Complex Condition

June 13, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight

Lauren D. has been managing her endometriosis with Natalya Danilyants, MD for more than eight years. Endometriosis is a recurring condition that has no cure. It is also an elusive condition that can be very difficult to diagnose. For some, the disease can be debilitating. For others, they may not know they have it until other symptoms like infertility occur. In many women, it can take up to a decade to get a proper diagnosis. Endometriosis often mimics symptoms of other conditions. Endometriosis specialists often see the connection between symptoms sooner.

“I was misdiagnosed or told I was crazy for about a year and a half by multiple medical professionals before I found Dr. Danilyants.”

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Difficult Fibroid Symptoms Led Katrina To CIGC For A Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

June 3, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

A few years after being diagnosed with fibroids, Katrina experienced increasingly complicated symptoms. Initially, her fibroids were small and her gynecologist advised that she watch them rather than have surgery. The advice was that if they didn’t grow, they wouldn’t need to be removed.

“I had no idea how much my life was being disrupted… When I turned 30, all of a sudden, I started to notice my belly. I’ve never had a big stomach, but it was starting to protrude a little. In 2015 I started having problems with my period with horrible cramps and clots.”

Katrina sought out the specialists at CIGC. “Dr. Baxi is amazing, Dr. MacKoul and his team are the best. They are so knowledgeable and patient.” Read more of Katrina’s story.

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Sex After A Hysterectomy May Improve for Women With GYN Conditions

May 17, 2017 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, In The Press

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Despite fears of what life will be like after a hysterectomy, for many women intimacy actually improves. In a recent survey, 59 percent of women polled feared sex would be less enjoyable after a hysterectomy. Sixty-one percent of women were worried that they would feel differently to a partner after a hysterectomy.

But across the board, the actual experience has been demonstrated to be the exact opposite. The National Institute of Health conducted studies of women after having a hysterectomy and the results show no negative affect on sex driveself-image, or sexual satisfaction with partner. In fact, in many cases, the opposite was true. The causes for this vary, but for many women, the conditions that exist that warranted hysterectomy may have affected arousal or interest in sex. Treating the condition can help women become more active and get back to living their lives, including enjoying intimacy.

 

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Hidden Fibroids | Aziza S. New York: Fibroid Removal Travel Patient

May 16, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

At the end of January 2016, Aziza S. went for an ultrasound to figure out why she was having heavy periods. In all of her visits with her primary care doctor, and a previous trip to the ER, Aziza ever heard the word “fibroids”. In the 5-year interval since the trip to the ER, the fibroids they had detected had now grown substantially.

“I left the ultrasound feeling angry, betrayed and victimized knowing that 5 years of ignorance let my then three fibroids grow from 2cm to 9cm, 4cm, and 5cm with an additional 3cm in the group. In July, I went in for a MRI which revealed 8 fibroids, (double the number the ultrasound showed), 2 of which were showing signs of necrosis. I started investigating places across the country who could do a myomectomy and still save my fertility. By God’s sweet grace I found CIGC.”

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