Top 5 Reasons CIGC is a Better Option for Ovarian Cyst Removal
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on or inside the ovary. These cysts are fairly common and often resolve on their own. Ovarian cyst removal is typically only required if the cysts enlarge and twist, as they can potentially rupture and cause internal bleeding. Among the most common types of ovarian cysts include:
- Follicular cysts
- Hemorrhagic cysts
- Dermoid cysts
- Mucinous cysts
- Serous cysts
If you need to have your ovarian cysts removed, you want to ensure you’re receiving the best possible GYN care. Here are five reasons why The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC) is the best option for your ovarian cyst removal.
1. CIGC Preserves the Ovary
Unlike many OBGYNs and other GYN doctors, CIGC specialists utilize revolutionary techniques that allow for the removal of the cyst only in up to 98% of cases, rather than removing both the cyst and ovary. Patients who have been told the ovary needs removal should seek a second opinion to discuss ovarian preservation options.
How Does CIGC Preserve the Ovary?
CIGC preserves the ovary and, therefore, the patient’s fertility by using the advanced DualPortGYN® surgical technique. DualportGYN is a procedure that uses two small incisions and retroperitoneal dissection to guarantee optimal results. Retroperitoneal dissection (RPD) is a highly advanced GYN approach that identifies critical structures in the pelvis during surgery to avoid injury, proving more efficient than standard laparoscopy or robotics methods.
In many cases of removal, the ovarian cyst can be “stuck” to other structures in the pelvis, such as the bowel, bladder, and ureters. The DualPortGYN technique allows for dissection of the adhesions between the ovary and these structures to free the ovary and allow for cyst removal. Often, OBGYNs do not perform this procedure because it requires more technical skill and expertise while removing the ovary is a standard and simpler procedure.
2. Endometriomas Can Be Removed
When CIGC performs ovarian cyst removals with DualPortGYN, endometriomas, which are collections of endometriosis in the ovary, can be removed without discarding any ovarian tissue. For patients wishing to preserve their fertility, they will need as much ovarian tissue as possible to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.
Can Even Large Endometriomas Be Removed?
Yes, CIGC can remove very large endometriomas using the DualPortGYN technique without extracting a large portion of ovarian tissue. Conserving this tissue is especially important for patients trying to preserve fertility who may require in vitro fertilization to conceive.
In cases of large endometriomas, the bikini line incision is extended one to one and a half inches so the endometriomas may be removed. In most procedures, the surgeon can preserve almost the entire ovary. This surgical technique is vastly different from standard laparoscopic or robotic procedures, where a significant portion of the ovary is usually removed.
3. Open Surgery Is Not Required
With CIGC, open surgery is not required for ovarian cyst removal. Using RPD, DualPortGYN can isolate the ureters away from even the largest ovarian masses and endometriomas while safely freeing the ovary from the bladder and bowel. CIGC specialists are GYN Oncology trained, meaning they can repair bladder, bowel, and ureters as needed without open surgery. Their minimally invasive techniques allow patients to return home the same day and recover in five to seven days.
4. Ovarian Cyst Removals Are Performed in an ASC
CIGC performs ovarian cyst removals in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) rather than at the hospital. Our ASCs specialize in GYN surgery, meaning all the staff and equipment are specialized to handle complex GYN conditions, offering exceptional results. Other benefits of having surgery in an ASC include:
- Higher patient satisfaction
- Easier and friendlier to access
- Costs two to three times less than a hospital
- Lower complication rates
5. CIGC Surgeons Can Treat Malignant Cysts
CIGC surgeons are GYN Oncology trained, allowing them to appropriately treat patients with cysts that may be malignant. If a malignant cyst is found, CIGC surgeons immediately perform staging to determine where it has spread. Staging is completed at the time of the procedure to avoid a second operation and allows the patient to start any necessary treatments immediately. Since OBGYNS are not trained in oncology, they cannot perform surgical staging as needed.
Concerned About Ovarian Cysts?
Countless people experience ovarian cysts every year, usually without any adverse symptoms. However, if you start to feel uncomfortable symptoms, it may be time to schedule a consultation with CIGC. Some symptoms to monitor for include:
- Abnormal bleeding or menstrual irregularities
- Pelvic pain with intercourse
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Pressure on your bowel or pain during bowel movements
- Dull ache in your lower back or thighs
- Pain before or after your menstrual cycle
- Nausea, vomiting or bloating
With CIGC’s minimally invasive and fertility-sparing procedures, we can help you find the relief you need from your ovarian cysts.
If you have an ovarian cyst, the GYN specialists at The Center for Innovative GYN Care can help you weigh your treatment options. Talk to a patient advocate today about meeting with one of our experts.
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