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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


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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The Growing Field Of Fibroid Treatment Options Can Be Costly To Patients

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


The expanding landscape of fibroid treatments can lead women to choose less effective options that may affect their long-term health, including fertility.

Fibroids are unpredictable. After some treatments, new fibroids can grow again. Depending on a patient’s insurance, or whether or not the specialist even accepts insurance, if multiple treatments are required, it can be expensive. Finding a laparoscopic fibroid expert who specializes in advanced fibroid removal and hysterectomy, who also accepts insurance is important.

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Endometriosis patients face barriers to treatment with high out-of-pocket surgery costs

March 15, 2017 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, In The Press


Waiting for treatment for endometriosis can prolong painful cycles, and many women are convinced that the only way to find relief is to pay tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for surgery. Endometriosis excision is the gold standard procedure for treating the condition, a technique that requires extensive training to perform. Selecting an endometriosis specialist is important for a thorough diagnosis, surgical treatment and long-term maintenance, but that can come at a steep cost if the provider does not accept health insurance.

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March 7, 2017 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

The CIGC minimally invasive GYN specialists perform LAAM using just two small incisions. “I was back to myself in a week and a half, and that was important to me. After two weeks I was back at work… Everything is back to normal now. I’ve been working out. I went ice climbing two weekends ago, and I’m traveling for my normal insane life. Three weeks after the surgery I was running 7 to 8 kilometers.”

Traveling For Surgery

“Getting on a plane to go anywhere is not that a big deal for me at all. I live on the East Coast, my boyfriend lives on the West and my brother lives in New York, so regardless of where I had the surgery, they were going to have to travel to be with me. I was looking for the best surgeon. The one thing I have learned is that choosing the right surgeon matters.”

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Get Diagnosed: Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 1, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Patient resource

March is Endometriosis Awareness month. Women who suffer with severe menstrual pain are encouraged to get diagnosed early by a CIGC GYN specialist.

This is a disease that can cause severe pain, and for now, has no cure. For many women, choosing the right specialist who fully understands the disease, and how seemingly unrelated symptoms are connected due to the unpredictable nature of endometriosis. The inflammation it causes can result in scarring within the pelvic cavity, so that organs stick together. Women have reported extreme pain, heavy bleeding, bloody diarrhea, pain urinating and other symptoms that could also be misdiagnosed as digestive problems.

Learn more about endometriosis treatment and choosing a specialist.

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Fibroid Patient Advocates for Better Options for African-American Women

February 28, 2017 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

“I would always have one day of intense pain during my period when I had to take heavy doses of painkillers. It was when the bleeding got out of control that I had to do something. In 2009, I would be on my period for weeks sometimes. I couldn’t wear certain clothes. I had to take a grocery store in my bag. I could never have a period with just a tampon. Everything had to be super or overnight. Even then it wouldn’t be enough. It started to interfere with my work. I was tired, I was losing a lot of blood. It was taking up a lot of my time. I would have to dedicate a week and a half each month to having my period on a consistent basis.”

“No woman should have to live with the painful and long periods that I did. There is such a huge potential for the fibroids to grow. I want to be able to help other women who have fibroids understand the different options that are out there. In my research, I realized how disproportionately African-American women are affected by fibroids and I want to make sure women know their options. I want to be more vocal about this procedure in the medical community. I think a lot of doctors are well meaning, and if they knew about this, they would refer more patients to The Center for Innovative GYN Care.”

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Forget the Scars: Strategic Placement of Laparoscopic Incisions Improves Recovery

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


In minimally invasive GYN surgery, laparoscopic incision placement and size play a significant role in patient recovery time. Choosing the best incision locations for recovery also happen to be the most cosmetically appealing. Strategic placement of tiny incisions through the midline of the abdomen bypass the lateral abdominal muscles completely, allowing for a safer surgery and faster recovery from hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures with minimal pain.

When incisions and instruments have to pass deep within the abdominal muscles they are less safe and take a long time to heal. Conventional laparoscopic and robotic laparoscopic procedures use incision placement that has a higher likelihood of lacerating blood vessels and damaging nerves, but at minimum, they go through musculature that takes much longer to heal, and has a higher level of pain during the recovery.

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