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Fitness Trainer Suffered With Large Fibroids, Hernia For Four Years

August 5, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

AdrienneAdrienne is an extremely active woman who is up early every day to work with her clients starting at 5 or 5:30 AM, and her last client may be 8:00 PM. She also teaches her children in homeschool. Her active lifestyle was compromised by fibroids and a hernia.

“You start to live your life around your symptoms,” said Adrienne. “Three other doctors told me to just accept them. I knew that the quality of my life had changed for the worst, based on my lifestyle and the things I wanted to do.”

Selecting the right treatment for fibroids can be overwhelming. Like Adrienne, many women in their 20s and 30s who want to maintain fertility are often told that hysterectomy is their only option. It is often the case that the limitation is with the surgeon performing the procedure.

“One night I was up late, and was searching and found The Center for Innovative GYN Care. I was so happy, and teared up. This was a miracle. This was everything I had been looking for. I read about their philosophy, the procedures, and the patient stories.”

Adrienne booked a consultation right away.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Chilli Amar Chose A CIGC Hysterectomy

August 4, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Patient Spotlight

ON A WALK WITH DONATO...5 WEEKS POST SURGERYA history of ovarian cancer in your family doesn’t have to decide your fate. After losing her mother and her grandmother to ovarian cancer, and faced with the likelihood that she was a high risk, local Washington, D.C. area radio host Chilli Amar decided years ago that she was going to be different. Amar was tested for the genetic mutation that can warn women of their risks of developing ovarian cancer.

“I wanted my story to be different than my mom’s,” said Amar. “The genetic testing showed that I am positive for the BRCA-2 mutation.”

“We put off things because it’s not the right time. When you have such a positive experience, you think ‘Why did I wait?’ Thanks to Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD at CIGC, not only is my story better, but from beginning to end, my experience was incredible.”



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Life-threatening Blood Clots Brought Patient To Paul MacKoul, MD

July 29, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Tracy J wioth niece“I knew I was going to need to do this surgery,” said Tracy J. “At first, I was hysterical, then reluctant, and finally I was ready to do it and I was laid off and didn’t have insurance.”

Tracy had fibroids which had caused heavy bleeding. She needed to have her blood checked regularly.

“From the moment I called them and got to the office, the entire staff was so nice. Once Dr. MacKoul came in and sat down with me, all of my anxiety was gone. We laughed so hard. I told him that I had heard about him 4 and a half years ago. I kept all of the information about him so I wouldn’t lose it. I said ‘If I can’t talk to you about this directly, I can’t talk to anybody.’ I had such a great fear about the surgery, and I feel like the only person I wanted to have do this was Dr. MacKoul.”

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DC Officially Acknowledges July As Fibroids Awareness Month

July 19, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Doctors, Featured, Fibroids

wdp dc event 2016On July 15, 2016, members of the newly appointed chapter of The White Dress Project and CIGC co-founder Dr. Natalya E. Danilyants, MD met with members of the D.C. Council to discuss the implications of fibroids, the various fibroid treatments options and their risks, the need for better research and efforts to increase awareness. In several states across the country, Tanika Smith, founder of The White Dress Project, has led efforts to mark July as Fibroids Awareness month.

Women who have fibroids often shy away from wearing white dresses due to the unpredictability of heavy bleeding that is often a symptom of the condition. The organization uses the white dress as a symbol of living a life free from that worry.

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From LA to DC: Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Large Fibroid Removal

July 15, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Regina R., Waited For A Decade To Treat Her Fibroid; As It Grew, It Filled Her Abdomen

Regina 2“I had an ultrasound with [a doctor in LA], and he asked me if I was okay lying on my back. I said I was fine. All of a sudden he started changing his tune. He said ‘I can’t do the procedure on you, because there is literally no room in your abdomen to even put the tool in there. Your uterus is the size of 30 week pregnancy.’

“My gynecologist would only be able to perform an open surgery. Four to five days in the hospital, eight week recovery. Everyone was saying ‘You live in LA, you have Cedar Sinai, you have UCLA!’, but they all do daVinci with the power morcellator, and that wasn’t an option for me, because if I had any form of cancer, I didn’t want to take that risk.”

Regina found The Center for Innovative GYN Care through an internet search trying to find an alternative to open surgery.

“As the time got closer, it was a mental thing, I hadn’t met the doctor in person, I haven’t been to this hospital before, of course you get nervous. However, from the time that I called, to get information, to get my insurance approved, to speaking to the doctor, to having Emily call me and schedule the surgery, to the follow-ups for the lab work I needed, to the email communication, everything was so professional and so perfect. I didn’t have to worry about thinking about anything. The only thing I had to worry about was getting a flight and getting a hotel room.”

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Women With Fibroids Should Think Twice Before Getting UFE

July 12, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Featured, Fibroids, In The Press

Fibroids and UFEWTOP

Damage to the uterus is a major concern for women with fibroids who still wish to retain fertility. Many women are seeking out, or are being referred for, uterine fibroid (or artery) embolization (UFE or UAE), but they are not getting all of the facts about both the limitations of the procedure or the long-term effects on fertility.

The uterine lining needs to be preserved in order for an embryo to attach. If the blood flow to the uterus is compromised due to embolization, or the lining itself is compromised, women have a higher risk of not conceiving or miscarrying. Learn more about the best possible fibroid treatment for your body and your future plans.

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The Hazy Days of Summer: Recover Fast From GYN Surgery

July 7, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Techniques

balanced pebblesMany women struggle with choosing when to have GYN surgery, because some types of procedures like open or robotic can leave you out of commission for weeks. This can affect work, school, family activities; and never knowing what may require your attention during the more hectic times of the year, that can make that decision even harder. At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, we know the importance of getting you back to YOU faster.

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Put your GYN Surgeon to the Test Before Your Hysterectomy

July 7, 2016 // Posted in: Doctors, Featured

Robotics infographicHow can you determine if your surgeon has the best experience to perform the best hysterectomy procedure that will minimize your recovery time, overall pain and get you back to yourself faster? These are some basic questions you need to ask your surgeon before your hysterectomy, and the answers that should help set a threshold for what you will accept.

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June 30, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

20150720_115442Valinda Nwadike, MD, an OB/GYN based in Southern Maryland has been referring patients to The Center for Innovative GYN Care minimally invasive GYN specialists for over a decade. Her patients were thrilled with the results of their DualPortGYN or LAAM surgical procedures with the specialists at CIGC. However, it wasn’t until she needed a hysterectomy herself that she fully understood the CIGC difference.

Even as a physician who sees women struggle with complex GYN conditions all the time, Dr. Nwadike had the same concerns about recovery after a minimally invasive hysterectomy that all women have.

“Even though I had these symptoms for a few years (heavy bleeding, anemia, and fatigue), I didn’t want to have to take time off of work. I’m a doctor, I’m a mother, and I run. I’m always very active.”

“As an OB/GYN, I wouldn’t even attempt to take out a uterus as large as mine, but with this procedure, it was possible. The hysterectomy is done without a power morcellator, and that was a shock to my colleagues as well. They thought that they must have to use a morcellator, but because of their advanced surgical skills, and using retroperitoneal dissection, power morcellation is unnecessary.”

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Avoid Visible Scars with Advanced Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery

June 30, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids

swimmerThe most advanced laparoscopic procedures improve recovery, minimize blood loss & should have cosmetically friendly incisions help to avoid visible scars.

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