A Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Patient: 18 Years with Fibroids

March 30, 2016

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Gloria S., Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Patient

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Gloria is a minimally invasive hysterectomy patient of Natalya Danilyants MD. She had her surgery in January 2016 and had such an amazing recovery, she was excited to share her story.

“Prior to coming to The Center for Innovative GYN Care, I was feeling light headed and had pain in my abdomen,” said Gloria. “I noticed a kind of protruding pressure, and the heaviness of my menstrual cycle.”

In 1998, Gloria’s daughter was born, and she was told that fibroids had developed during her pregnancy, but that they were nothing to worry about. For many years, they didn’t bother her.

“About five years ago, I started to notice that they were affecting me. As they started to grow larger, I had anemia and an enlarged uterus. I started to get ultrasounds because they were growing.”

Risks of Anemia

Even if they are small, fibroids can continue to grow. Many patients do not realize that there are potential risks of letting fibroids get large, including kidney or ureter damage, or damage to blood vessels.

“I heard the radio ad about the advanced surgery at CIGC on WTOP. After hearing about this new procedure, I went in for a second opinion.”

Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal Surgery At CIGC

Thoroughly removing fibroids from the uterus safely can only be performed by a highly skilled minimally invasive GYN surgeon, without using a robot. Fibroids that are deep in the muscle, or are very small can be hard to find unless they are felt and removed by hand. Unless all of the fibroids are removed, they can continue to grow, and cause problems with heaving bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility. Standard laparoscopic or robotic techniques do not allow a surgeon to feel the fibroids, and often, those that are left behind become problematic.

Fibroid removal surgery can be performed as a myomectomy, removing the fibroids from the uterus, or as a hysterectomy, removing the uterus itself. A myomectomy is performed for women who wish to retain the ability to get pregnant. A hysterectomy for fibroid removal is performed for women who no longer wish to get pregnant, and who suffer from recurring fibroids. Depending on your future plans for fertility, it is important to find a surgeon who will work with you as a partner, and who can perform either procedure through minimally invasive techniques, such as LAAM or DualPortGYN.

A delicate procedure like a myomectomy requires the ability to feel in order to create the best possible result. A successful myomectomy requires the surgeon to remove fibroids often deep in the muscle of the uterus that cannot be easily seen. It also requires the surgeon to remove all of the fibroids, including smaller ones, which can only be located by feeling them. The LAAM is a minimally invasive fibroid removal technique that allows the surgeon to feel all of the fibroids at any location in or around the uterus, and allows for their safe and effective removal no matter the size.

A DualPortGYN hysterectomy is one of the most minimally invasive GYN surgery techniques available. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is the most effective way to eliminate fibroids. Once the uterus is removed, fibroids cannot regrow. It is important to understand what a hysterectomy entails, and to choose a skilled minimally invasive GYN surgeon who will explain in detail what will happen during and after the surgery.

DualPortGYN Helps Patients Recover Faster

Gloria chose to have a DualPortGYN minimally invasive hysterectomy.

“I had my hysterectomy the last week in January. After the surgery, within the hour, or couple of hours, I started to feel better. I didn’t need to take the prescription pain medication. I just took a couple of Motrin. I was so relieved! The pain was gone, and my energy started to come back. The protrusion was gone. I had my three week check-up, and I told Dr. Danilyants that the technique was awesome.”

Now that Gloria is 2 months past her surgery she is feeling better than ever.

“I’m doing more exercise, and I’m so much more focused at work. You don’t realize how much of an affect anemia has on you. The incisions are amazing. I barely even notice that they are there.”


The CIGC state-of-the-art specialists are available at three locations in the DC metro area. Virginia patients can visit the Reston, VA location, and Saturday appointments are available. Maryland offices are located in Rockville, MD and Annapolis, MD.

CIGC is dedicated to providing information and materials for women to help navigate the complicated healthcare system. The CIGC founders, minimally invasive GYN surgical specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD, developed their advanced GYN surgical techniques using only two small incisions with patients’ well-being in mind.

Their personalized approach to 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 Paul MacKoul MD or Natalya Danilyants MD.

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