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Kia’s Adenomyosis Pain Felt Like Being Stabbed Every Month

October 17, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

kia-at-the-beach-cropped“I just wanted to be free from feeling trapped,” said Kia. “Every month, I felt like a prisoner. I had so many problems since my mid-30s and on. I had heavy menstrual cycles, passing huge clots, and I was severely anemic. I had to have an iron transfusion two times. I was losing so much blood, even in between periods. I had to wear Depends because the bleeding was so bad. The doctors thought I had fibroids. I went to a doctor for uterine artery embolization (UAE) and he sent me for an MRI that showed I had adenomyosis. I had never heard of that before.”

Kia wanted to find the best hysterectomy specialist, and started doing Google searches for women’s care. She discovered The Center for Innovative GYN Care and Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and did extensive research on CIGC and Dr. MacKoul before making a decision.

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Incision Placement In Laparoscopic GYN Surgery Reduces Pain

October 4, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, LAAM, Techniques

dualportgynIn minimally invasive GYN surgery, incision placement and size plays a significant role in patient recovery time. When incisions and instruments have to pass deep within the muscle they take a long time to heal. However, strategic incision placement through the midline of the abdomen bypasses muscle, allowing for a faster recovery with minimal pain.

The Center for Innovative GYN Care co-founders developed the DualPortGYN technique and LAAM technique to take advantage of these types of incisions, as well as leverage advanced minimally invasive techniques for controlling blood loss and mapping of the pelvic cavity for clear visualization. Combined, small incisions, retroperitoneal dissection and uterine artery occlusion (or ligation) make treating complex conditions like an enlarged uterus, fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic adhesions, and endometriosis possible.

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Leslie W., CIGC Minimally Invasive Myomectomy with Natalya Danilyants

September 29, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

leslie-img_0246“Initially, I was going to go through a regular gynecologist, I was prepped to have the surgery, but I was told the surgery would be 3 hours, the incisions would be large, and I would have a 6-8 week recovery. I wasn’t too pleased with that. They also told me that if I bled too much, they would have to do an emergency hysterectomy. I wasn’t too receptive to that.”

Leslie discovered The Center for Innovative GYN Care and chose Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD as her minimally invasive fibroids specialist.

“I was very receptive to Dr. Danilyants. She was attentive and made me feel comfortable with the whole process. She made me feel like she was on board in understanding where I was in regards to not wanting a hysterectomy.”

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A Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Improves Options for Menopause

September 23, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press


A new, comprehensive study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London followed 39,000 women on hormone therapy for 6 years showed that estrogen-only therapy showed no overall increase in breast cancer risk compared with women who had never used HRT. This type of therapy can be safely prescribed to women who no longer have a uterus. However, those using combined HRT, a combination of estrogen and progestogen, had a 2.7 times greater risk than non-users, significantly higher than previously reported. This is the type of hormone therapy that can be prescribed to women who have not had a hysterectomy. Estrogen-only therapy can negatively affect the uterus and requires progesterone to balance out the effects. Estrogen therapy alone can increase the risk of uterine cancer.

The implications for women who have GYN conditions that would benefit from a minimally invasive hysterectomy are now two-fold. In addition to treating a condition like fibroids, or adenomyosis, a hysterectomy opens a woman up to a safer form of HRT when she reaches menopause.

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Tiffany D. Needed A Specialist For Multiple GYN Conditions

September 22, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

tiffany“I started having symptoms two years ago, and I was having intense cramps. When I had my period, it was 20 times worse. I always had pelvic cramping. I ignored it. I remember the doctor mentioning I had fibroids, but was told I could wait, take birth control, and watch. I did all of that, and took another medication, but nothing helped.”

“The staff [at CIGC] was amazing. Once I decided that I wanted to have a hysterectomy, I wanted it done immediately. If they could have taken me the next day, I would have done it. However, they got me in that very same week. I’ve never had a doctor and a staff that made me feel so comfortable. I was scared when I came in for the surgery, but I wanted to get well, and was torn because I don’t have any children, so it was very emotional. One of the nurses sat with me and talked me through it, letting me know that there are a lot of women my age who have the same condition, and there was just an overall warm feeling. I’ve met some good doctors and staff members, but nothing like CIGC.”

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False Hope: The Fibroid Diet Myths

September 16, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids

There are many conflicting studies about what to eat and what not to eat if you have fibroids. The fibroids diet may help control fibroids from growing in the first place, but once they are in the uterus and are showing signs of growing, changes to the diet either do not work or are short-lived.

Fibroid growth is unpredictable, and they can get very large very fast in some women. Many times doctors will tell a patient to watch and wait, rather than perform surgery. Women who could have treated smaller fibroids early on can actually face distortion of the uterus causing problems with getting pregnant, carrying a child to term, or have increased risks of requiring a hysterectomy.

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An In-Depth Look At Fibroid Symptoms & Procedures

September 8, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids

fibroids-an-overviewFibroids continue to grow unless they are removed, and they can grow very large. Complex conditions like large fibroids require a specialist with expert training for the most effective results. Fellowship trained GYN specialists perform advanced techniques for minimally invasive large fibroid removal. These procedures, if performed by an experienced surgeon, have faster recoveries resulting in less pain. Choose the best minimally invasive GYN specialist for your care.

Learn more about fibroids in this comprehensive review of fibroid symptoms and minimally invasive treatment options at CIGC.

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Tonya Got Her Life Back: CIGC Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

August 25, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Tonya“Life has been so much better since my surgery!” said Tonya A.

Tonya suffered for years with fibroids and adenomyosis, and progressively got worse until she had a DualPortGYN minimally invasive hysterectomy with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

“I knew I had fibroids. In 2009, I had to started taking iron pills. The results of my physical then showed that I was extremely anemic. For over 2 years, my cycle was getting heavier and heavier. I started passing clots, and those were starting to get larger and larger, to the point I thought I was having a baby. My cycles were always long, they were always 7 days, but then they would linger for an additional 3-4 days.”

Tonya’s menstrual cycle started taking over her life. After a DualPortGYN hysterectomy, everything changed.

“I got my life back. I don’t have to plan my life around my cycle anymore.”

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August 19, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

MarliviaIn July 2015, Marlivia discovered she had fibroids.

“I had planned a girls’ trip the day before my birthday to go to Miami. The night before I had the craziest pain. I went to a patient first. The doctor said something to the effect of ‘You aren’t pregnant, but there is something inside of you. I can’t give you a sonogram, because we aren’t set-up for that’, so I went for a sonogram after I returned from Miami. I was not throwing away that trip, it was my birthday weekend!”

Heavy bleeding and pelvic pain are signs of gynecological conditions that should be properly diagnosed as early as possible to ensure women avoid long-term reproductive health problems.

“I was driving into work, and heard the commercial for CIGC, and I thought, I don’t have anything to lose. I called for an appointment and they fit me right in.”

“He came in and looked at the sonogram, and said ‘Ok, I know what exactly is going on.’ He sketched out where my fibroids were and told me how he would remove them. I asked how long I would be down and he said about 2 weeks. This was much different than what I had been told from my other doctor.”

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Delaying Treatment for GYN Conditions Puts Women’s Health at Risk

August 18, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, Resources

GYN surgery info findingsThe overall confusion about how the human body works, medical advancements for treatment of gynecological conditions, and lifestyle factors that have many women delaying having children can all lead to complications that can throw a wrench in a woman’s reproductive health. In the August story on WTOP, we review the gaps in women’s knowledge about their GYN health, and shine a spotlight on our advanced surgical methods that make delaying treatment unnecessary.



In the United States, more than half of women are unclear about GYN conditions and the surgical procedures to treat them, leaving many women at the mercy of misinformation, and out-of-date practices that can actually worsen conditions.

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