Experts in Treating GYN Conditions
The Center for Innovative GYN Care® (CIGC®) specialists have redefined minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for GYN conditions. CIGC surgeons are NOT OBGYNs, but are advanced laparoscopic specialists performing only GYN surgery. This dedication to advanced laparoscopic surgery provides safe surgical options with exceptional results and low complications, helping patients avoid more invasive open and robotic procedures. GYN conditions can be debilitating, and women often suffer for a long time before seeking surgical care. Our world-renowned GYN procedures return women to their lives in days, rather than weeks, with less pain.
CIGC’s groundbreaking surgical techniques simplify treatment for the following complex gynecological conditions:
Fibroids are benign tumors made out of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissues that originate from the muscle of the womb. Fibroids affect approximately 80 percent of all women and many suffer from heavy bleeding and pain. CIGC specialists have extensive experience in the surgical management of fibroids, and have developed highly effective procedures that provide a better option for care. Whether a patient is considering uterine-sparing fibroid surgery or removal of the uterus, CIGC’s published results have shown the procedures to be superior to standard laparoscopic, robotic, or open procedures.
Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus spreads throughout the pelvic cavity. This causes inflammation and results in severe pain with every monthly cycle. An estimated one out of six women suffer from endometriosis, and many patients are not diagnosed early by their OBGYN, resulting in years of pain and infertility. Ultrasound will not detect most cases of endometriosis, and many patients continually suffer from incapacitating pain, bleeding, and progressive use of narcotics as well as mental anguish. A GYN specialist is the best physician to diagnose and properly treat this persistent and debilitating condition. Using advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques for excision of the disease, as well as follow-up protocols for management and fertility care, patients can often achieve better outcomes in regard to pain and fertility.
Adenomyosis, or endometriosis of the uterus, occurs when the inner lining of the uterus invades the muscle wall of the uterus. A benign condition, adenomyosis causes debilitating pain and severe menstrual bleeding for most women, as well as back pain, pelvic pressure, bloating, and infertility. The vast majority of patients with adenomyosis are not diagnosed with this condition by their OBGYN, and continually suffer from this debilitating disease. Ultrasound will not detect this disease, with MRI being the only way to diagnose adenomyosis. For patients who have completed child bearing, surgical treatment through partial hysterectomy is the best approach. Medical therapy and ablation are not effective, and embolization should never be done. The advanced laparoscopic DualPortGYN® hysterectomy allows for a safe and effective treatment option that provides a faster recovery with lower complications than standard laparoscopic, robotic, or open surgery.
Ovarian Cysts & Pelvic Masses
In most cases, ovarian cysts are small, harmless, and produce no symptoms. However, immediate attention is necessary if they get larger, twist, or burst. The surgeons at CIGC have a niche focus in GYN techniques that result in a fast recovery with less pain.
Possible causes for abnormal vaginal bleeding include fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, and infection. Some abnormal bleeding can be treated with birth control. More severe cases may require dilation & curettage (D&C), endometrial resection, or hysterectomy. At CIGC, our advanced surgeons get to know patients before deciding on a treatment option, in order to choose what is right for the individual.
Pelvic pain can be caused by several GYN conditions, including endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, and scarring. Non-GYN causes of pain are also part of the evaluation for pelvic pain, such as interstitial cystitis of the bladder and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Pelvic pain is a very common condition, and can affect up to one in seven women. GYN conditions are the primary cause of pelvic pain and are often overlooked or not properly diagnosed by an OBGYN. Endometriosis and adenomyosis are examples, as well as progressive fibroid growth. Pelvic pain requires a careful and complete evaluation that starts with clinical evaluation, and may require a surgical option for diagnosis and treatment, especially when endometriosis is involved. CIGC specialists understand the medical and surgical needs of patients with pelvic pain and are committed to providing the best medical and surgical options available.
Finding out that you are infertile can raise a lot of questions about your GYN health. The specialists at CIGC want to give you the answers. Our surgeons have designed minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat possible causes of infertility, with a shorter recovery time, to help you start your family sooner. CIGC physicians have also developed management options for patients with endometriosis, fibroids, and other conditions that result in the need for fertility consultation to ensure the best success for pregnancy.
Cervical dysplasia is usually an asymptomatic condition, in which abnormal cells appear in the cervical tissue. While these cells are precancerous, they do not always lead to cancer. Without removal, the precancerous cells in the cervical tissue can grow and spread deeply into the cervix and surrounding tissue. In severe cases of cervical dysplasia, you can rely on our laparoscopic specialists for advanced, minimally invasive treatment options.
Endometrial hyperplasia is the overgrowth of the endometrium, also known as the lining of the uterus. The endometrium can become too thick and, in some cases, can lead to cancer of the uterus. Treatment of endometrial hyperplasia depends on the type of hyperplasia and if the patient wants to remain fertile. Our advanced surgical specialists work with you to determine the best course of treatment.
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), is defined as chronic bladder pain without identifiable causes. IC is present in up to 60 percent of patients with endometriosis and may cause increased levels of pain and discomfort. It can also coexist with other conditions, such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. An evaluation by an advanced GYN specialist can determine the best treatment for your unique case.