Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a very common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age that causes the development of multiple small, benign cysts on the ovaries.
Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. PCOS can also cause unwanted physical changes that can affect a woman’s self esteem.
Some ovarian cysts may be cancerous. Although very rare in younger women during their reproductive years, the risk of ovarian cancer increases with age. Staying ahead of PCOS is very important for women who have a family history of ovarian cancer.
Other characteristics of this syndrome are:
- Irregular or missing menstrual periods
- Excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth
- Thinning hair on the scalp
- Weight problems, often including weight gain around the waist
- Skin problems, including skin tags, darkening skin and acne
In most cases, ovarian cysts are small, harmless and produce no symptoms. In other cases, cysts may cause problems if they get larger, if they twist (ovarian torsion), or if they burst and cause internal bleeding. Immediate attention and treatment is then needed. In some cases, observation may be all that is necessary, especially for small, functional cysts causing no symptoms.
For women who require removal of ovarian cysts or removal of the ovaries, including women seeking prophylactic oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) to reduce future cancer risk, The Center for Innovative GYN Care specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul and Dr. Natalya Danilyants offer advanced minimally invasive procedures with less pain.
Personalized Ovarian Cyst Treatment Allows Women to Take Control of Their GYN Health
At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, we understand that women are different. Their desire to have children or not is a very personal decision. Surgical treatment depends on your desire for fertility, where you are in your life, and of course the condition of the cysts. Our advanced trained minimally invasive GYN specialists are experts in laparoscopic cystectomy (removal of cysts) and laparoscopic oopherectomy.
Considerations for ovarian cystectomy include:
- Patient’s age;
- Possibility of malignancy;
- Size of the cyst or tumor.
Seek An Ovarian Cyst Specialist
It is important to have the most minimally invasive cystectomy possible, and choosing an ovarian cyst specialist can ensure that you are in expert hands. Our advanced trained minimally invasive GYN surgeons have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures. Our focus is gynecological surgery. The level of volume means that we are always on top of our game.
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Surgical specialists can often see patients sooner because they are focused entirely on surgery. Each patient gets detailed, in depth attention from Dr. Danilyants and Dr. MacKoul. This personalized care helps patients understand their condition and the recommended treatment so that they can have confidence from the very start. Our surgeons are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients.
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Even if you are not from the DC area, many patients travel to The Center for Innovative GYN Care for our groundbreaking procedures. We treat women from around the world who suffer from complex GYN conditions.
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