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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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Traveling For An Advanced Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Surgeon

June 27, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, DualPortGYN, Featured, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

Kimiberly Bruce small“I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2003 when I was 23,” said Kimberly. Endometriosis can ravage a woman’s reproductive system. The implants can cause inflammation can create adhesions between organs within the pelvis or affect the fallopian tubes.

Kimberly’s mom died from complications that followed a hysterectomy procedure with a robot, performed by a surgeon unfamiliar with the machine. Choosing the best possible laparoscopic hysterectomy surgeon was important to her.

“The Center for Innovative GYN Care popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, probably because I’d been searching online for hysterectomy surgery. I liked how detailed the website was and how much information was on there. Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for in Texas, I took a chance and called. The scheduler was able get me in to see Dr. Danilyants in a couple of weeks.”

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Traveling for LAAM Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal

June 20, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM, Medical Travel, Patient Spotlight

annemaltese_image1In her search for the best fibroid doctor possible, Anne traveled from Omaha, NE to CIGC in Rockville, MD for LAAM fibroid removal surgery with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD.

“Dr. MacKoul has always been great at explaining things and helping me know what’s going on.  He was much more empathetic than my other doctors and he asked questions that really helped with my comfort level. He cared about my experience and my opinion, whereas one doctor in Nebraska made me feel like I was overreacting, and the other made me feel like a science project.”

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The Guise of Choice: The U.S. Female Sterilization Controversy

June 15, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, News

Web imageChoosing whether or not to have children is an important and personal decision that both women and men make. When the decision is to not have children, the options for women are complicated, and access is problematic. Across the board for women between mandatory wait times, and layers of requirements based on individual states and insurance policy restrictions, female sterilization has become a controversial topic.

A non-surgical alternative, Essure, was introduced to the market, that allowed in-office placement of nickel-titanium coils into fallopian tubes without the need for incisions. It became the standard of care for sterilization. Organizations like Planned Parenthood that don’t perform surgical procedures widely adopted the device.

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What You Need To Know About Removal of Pelvic Adhesions

June 14, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured

Pelvic adhesions are common in women who have endometriosis that is extensive, or left untreated. Adhesions also form after Cesarean sections or other types of open surgery, and can be the result of infections. Scar tissue can grow between two organs in the pelvic area and cause significant pelvic pain. Pelvic adhesions can occur around the bladder, bowel, ureter, uterus and ovaries.

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