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How To Evaluate Your GYN Surgeon: Myomectomy

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GYN specialists make a commitment to perform advanced minimally invasive surgery. By performing a high number of surgeries, they are experienced with complex cases and have lower complication rates than other physicians who perform surgery less often, by using techniques perfected in fellowship training.

EVALUATE YOUR GYN SURGEON: The Difference Between a GYN Surgical Specialist and An OB/GYN

Trusted OB/GYNs focus much of their attention on obstetrics, the care of women during pregnancy. While also trained to tend to basic GYN care, their primary focus is not on surgery. Much like a general practitioner will defer to other specialists for specific injuries and disease, so should OB/GYNs seek consultation with GYN surgical specialists to ensure patients have the best possible care. Patients too should seek the most minimally invasive surgical options and are not limited by their relationship with their OB/GYN.

This is very important for fertility patients with fibroids who require a myomectomy to improve their chances for conceiving and carrying a child to term. Generally these procedures can be more painful and take longer to recover from when performed as open or robotic procedures. Most OB/GYNs are not trained in advanced minimally invasive techniques, and must either perform surgery open, or with the aid of a robot for laparoscopic procedures. Neither of these procedures are better for patient outcomes, and robotics can cost more.

The Specialist Advantage


The surgical specialists at The Center for Innovative GYN Care developed a groundbreaking surgical procedure that combines the best aspects of open and laparoscopic myomectomies. LAAM – Laparoscopic Assisted Abdominal Myomectomy – brings the thoroughness of an open procedure with the advantages of minimally invasive procedures including less pain and faster recovery, all in an outpatient setting.

LAAM procedures take approximately 1 hour to perform, and with minimal blood loss, patients have an overall better experience.


It is important to know what questions to ask to be able to evaluate your GYN surgeon into whose hands you may entrust the care of your body.

Questions To Ask Your Surgeon

CIGC surgeons Dr. Natalya Danilyants and Dr. Paul MacKoul

CIGC surgeons Dr. Natalya Danilyants and Dr. Paul MacKoul are fellowship trained GYN specialists. They founded The Center for Innovative GYN Care to ensure women had a minimally invasive alternative to open or robotic gynecologic procedures.

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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 have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients.

Book a consultation today with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD or Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD.


CIGC travel program

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.

Learn more in our travel program.