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Fast Hysterectomy Recovery | CIGC Patient Stories

December 6, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight

fast-hysterectomy-recoveryThe Center for Innovative GYN Care DualPortGYN hysterectomy procedure helps women recover faster. The size and placement of the incisions means less pain. One incision placed at the belly button and another at the bikini line avoids going through the muscle. This means patients have a less painful recovery, and recover faster. The average recovery time for a CIGC hysterectomy patient is 7 days.

CIGC hysterectomy patients share their stories. Learn how Tonya, Dr. Nwadike, Cassandra and Lisa returned to their lives in under a week.

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Endometriosis and Ovarian Cyst Removal at CIGC | Brittany’s Miracle

December 6, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Infertility, Patient Spotlight

connolly-family-mini-s-family-mini-deliver-0041Dr. Paul MacKoul, M.D. helped Brittany start the family she always wanted by removing endometriosis, pelvic adhesions and a cyst.

“If it wasn’t for Dr. MacKoul, I wouldn’t have this beautiful child,” said Brittany, Herndon, VA. “I had been trying for 4 years to have a baby. We were thinking about alternatives to natural conception. I went to my doctor after years not being able to get pregnant. At that point we decided to wait and see what happened. After waiting, I did get pregnant, but I had a miscarriage.”

Brittany was diagnosed with a dermoid ovarian cyst when she was a teenager. “When my doctor recently performed an ultrasound, she saw that my cyst had doubled in size.”

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Dallas, TX Patient Travels To CIGC For Advanced Fibroid Surgery

November 30, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Lilindsayhartleyndsay (33) from Dallas, TX first found out she had fibroids at her annual well woman visit about a year and a half ago. The only treatment options Lindsay had at home were open myomectomy or robotic surgery. One of her friends recommended she see a different doctor and undergo robotic surgery like she did. After comparing the two and learning how innovative the LAAM technique is, Lindsay was certain it was the right surgery for her.

Lindsay traveled to CIGC for minimally invasive fibroid surgery.

“I had a vacation planned to Mexico. When I met with Dr. MacKoul, I was about a month out. This was important to me as this was a trip I had earned through my company, so I had it planned months prior. Dr. MacKoul said as long as I do this 2 weeks before, I should be good, which I thought was crazy! I went to my OBGYN last week, I think she was shocked to see my quick recovery. I said ‘my surgery was 5 weeks ago and I’ve been working for weeks and I just got back from a vacation in Mexico.’ ”


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Endometriosis Removal: New Mother of Twins Thanks Paul MacKoul, MD

November 28, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Infertility, Patient Spotlight

bela-and-the-twinsFor nearly a decade, Bela, (Vienna, VA) tried every possible path to having a child with her husband. Fifteen fertility treatments across two states, surgery to remove fibroids and scar tissue,  supplements, acupuncture, surrogacy, and her next step if she couldn’t get pregnant with her own eggs, was to try a donor.

Endometriosis removal at The Center for Innovative GYN Care was the last attempt before seeking donor eggs.

“Prior to getting the endometriosis removed, none of my cycles were successful. I had been through six IUI cycles and nine IVF cycles. After going through several IVF failures, I sought help of a reproductive immunologist in New York. He indicated that it is very likely that I have endometriosis based on the results from my immunological testing. He also indicated that endometriosis could affect the egg quality and could diminish the ovarian reserve. I did not have any typical symptoms of endometriosis and the disease was not seen during my first 2 surgeries. I was intrigued and decided to consult Dr. Paul MacKoul.

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Read CIGC Patient Stories from Northern Virginia

November 23, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Patient Spotlight

nova-patient-storiesNorthern Virginia minimally invasive GYN surgeons Paul MacKoul MDNatalya Danilyants MD and Rupen Baxi, MD have welcomed patients with complex conditions like fibroids and endometriosis from around DC and around the world. With offices conveniently located in Reston, VA and Rockville and Annapolis, Maryland, many of the thousands of women they have treated come from the Northern Virginia area.

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The Invisible Illness: Endometriosis Stigma

November 18, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, In The Press



The debilitating pain caused by endometriosis can strain relationships. Women with endometriosis are often seen as unreliable. As an invisible condition, it becomes more difficult over time to explain to teachers or bosses why you are unable to attend class for a few days each month or repeatedly need time off of work.

While the disease itself is unpredictable, it is essential for women to have support to minimize the psychological effects and to seek effective surgical treatment. There are organizations that help women with endometriosis with emotional support and provide educational resources. Endometriosis Foundation of America, Endometriosis Research Center, Endo Support and The Endometriosis Network Canada are groups that focus solely on helping women with endometriosis find the right care, offer support networks, and raise funds for research.

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Healthy In Time For The Holidays! Treat Your GYN Condition

November 14, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Procedures

holiday-2016There is still time to take care of yourself before the holidays, so you can enjoy every moment. If you are worried about going through another holiday season having to cancel events, or missing out on family time, because of abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, now is the time to see the minimally invasive GYN specialists at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

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A Q&A On Endometriosis And Adenomyosis With Dr. Rupen Baxi, MD

November 11, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Doctors, Featured

dr-rupen-baxi-mdThe difference between endometriosis and adenomyosis is important to understand. Both of these GYN conditions can cause debilitating and disruptive symptoms. It takes a highly trained surgical specialist to relieve these symptoms with minimally invasive treatment that is safe and effective. Women should know that with advanced surgical techniques at The Center for Innovative GYN Care recovery after a GYN procedure is much faster, and no hospital stay is required.

CIGC’s fellowship trained minimally invasive GYN surgeon Dr. Rupen Baxi, MD talks about the difference between endometriosis and adenomyosis, symptoms to watch for and the right minimally invasive treatment to alleviate pain.

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Anemia: The Life-threatening Risks of Blood Loss From Fibroids

October 26, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press


Anemia is a common term heard in doctor’s offices, but the risks of anemia are rarely explained in detail. Generally, a patient may feel a little fatigued, or have difficulty focusing on a task for very long. As a society, we are all overworked and overwhelmed by distractions, so it isn’t uncommon to dismiss these symptoms. However, when the fatigue is unrelenting, and a good night’s sleep doesn’t clear the cobwebs, it’s important to know that if you are suffering from anemia, ignoring the symptoms can have serious consequences.

Heavy bleeding from GYN conditions is common, especially for women who have fibroids. Excessive blood loss can lead to iron-deficient anemia, and if the cause of the heavy bleeding is left to worsen, depleted iron reserves in the blood can become life-threatening.

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October 17, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured

Closeup of a worried couple in a conversation with a doctor

Hearing the word hysterectomy from a doctor can sound like a death knell to some women. Much of that has to do with misinformation about what a hysterectomy is and how removing organs affects the body, but for many women, the idea of any kind of surgery is deeply upsetting.

There are long held beliefs about what will happen after removing a uterus. While many of these are myths, they can create fear and confusion, making the decision even harder. It is important for a surgeon to listen closely to the concerns of a patient and explain what happens, what organs are being removed and how hormones will be affected. For example, many women are unaware that the ovaries produce the hormones associated with menopause. If left in tact, the patient should not experience early menopause, and the symptoms associated with menopause after surgery.

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