CIGC Is The Destination For Life-Changing Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
The Center for Innovative GYN Care has made traveling for minimally invasive GYN surgery a life-changing experience.
Many of our patients travel from around the world to meet with the surgical specialists Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD. The state-of-the-art DualPortGYN and LAAM techniques were developed by the fellowship-trained laparoscopic minimally invasive surgeons at CIGC to treat complex GYN conditions that would normally be performed as open or robotic procedures.
TRAVELING FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYN SURGERY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
We want to make traveling for GYN surgery from long distances as seamless as possible.
The Center for Innovative GYN Care is located in the Washington, D.C. area, with 3 offices. However, for patients intending to travel over long distances for surgery, the initial consultation may be conducted virtually. On a patient by patient basis, the surgeons will be able to determine if an initial conversation via phone is possible.
Documentation about your condition, such as MRIs or ultrasounds, can be uploaded securely to our patient portal. The surgeon will sketch your specific condition to scale and explain the procedure in detail. Learn more about our Patient Personalization at CIGC in our videos below.
“I was back to myself in a week and a half, and that was important to me. After two weeks I was back at work… I’ve been working out. I went ice climbing two weekends ago, and I’m traveling for my normal insane life. Three weeks after the surgery I was running 7 to 8 kilometers…“I was looking for the best surgeon. The one thing I have learned is that choosing the right surgeon matters. If he had been in Germany, I would have gone to Germany.”
“My only options were open surgery (in L.A.) or flying to Washington, D.C. It was a no-brainer. After reading every person’s comments, and blogs, and procedures, and looking up reviews on both doctors, I felt comfortable enough to say ‘I’m doing it.’ I was ready to get it out of me and move on… My husband kept saying Dr. MacKoul is a miracle worker. Both the doctor in L.A. and Dr. MacKoul said that my uterus was bigger than my head. I obviously had a stomach, but I didn’t realize that the fibroid was going past my hipbone or my rib cage. After the surgery, my stomach is totally flat now.”
“At first, I was skeptical because it seemed too good to believe,” said Anne. “And then I started wondering if I would even be a candidate. I had 13 fibroids that needed to be removed… I read the success stories. I used to work for a gynecologist when I lived in Pittsburgh, PA. I reached out to him and, he said I can’t tell you what to do, but this looks like a phenomenal option. My friend’s sister at Johns Hopkins has also been learning about this approach. After hearing from two people I trusted that this looked like something worth pursuing, I was willing to give it a shot.”
“Through my process of trying to find help locally, I hit a lot of dead ends,’ said Sheridan, B. “I was looking to consult with other surgeons, and it was my mom who, during her search, found The Center for Innovative GYN Care when she searched online. I had all these issues and the doctors would treat the symptoms but would never fix the problem. …After my consult with Dr. MacKoul, I realized it was the best fit. …The thing I liked the most, I had talked with a lot of local doctors, he was very honest with me, but he seemed like he genuinely cared about how I would be feeling now, and how it would be for me in the future.”
“I didn’t realize how much [the fibroid] was affecting me,’ Cassandra DV, Stoneridge, NY. “I can do floor postures in yoga now without it getting in the way. …Two years ago I noticed that my cycle had changed, and I blamed it on changing my birth control. …Even after my period was over, I would start bleeding out of nowhere. Then it would stop and go away. …Traveling to CIGC was easy for me since my family is in the area, but I went back to New York on the second day after my surgery, and I felt fine to travel.”
“I was looking for fibroid removal when I found The Center for Innovative GYN Care and the LAAM procedure…” Cassandra contacted Paul MacKoul, MD about the LAAM laparoscopic fibroid removal procedure. “Dr. MacKoul told me what would happen in the future, expectations after each procedure. No other doctor had talked to me about that. He let me make the decision about whether or not to have a minimally invasive myomectomy with LAAM or a minimally invasive hysterectomy with DualPortGYN, and what it would look like under both scenarios.”
“December 22 was my surgery. I drove down to CIGC. I have family in the area, so I was able to stay with them for the rest of that week. I went back to work a week later. I could have gone back before then. That Sunday, I was at the Ravens/Steelers game in Baltimore. I knew about their travel program, but since I had family nearby, I was able to be with them and recover.”
Jenny B. from Wisconsin has a very demanding job as a physical therapist assistant to the elderly. When it came time to discuss options for her fibroids, her doctors only recommended a hysterectomy. That would mean being out of work for at least 6 weeks, as she had no options for light duty. “As a physical therapist assistant for the elderly, I have to be able to lift and be there to support my patients,” said Jenny. “It’s a safety issue. And, like many women, I can’t afford to be away from my job for 6 weeks, either.”
Most CIGC travel patients will have surgery performed at the Innovations Surgery Center in Rockville, MD. Patients traveling for surgery should plan to stay at one of the hotels in Rockville, MD. Recommendations listed below, but several other hotels are in the area. The address for the surgery center is:
Innovations Surgery Center (Rockville/North Bethesda) 3206 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 100, Rockville, Maryland 20852
If required, car service or taxi information will be provided.
It’s important to know that costs for travel are not part of the cost for surgery. Patients and their traveling companions are responsible for all travel costs.
PREPARING FOR GYN SURGERY
At Innovations Surgery Center, all procedures are performed in an outpatient setting.
Patients will need to have hotel accommodations arranged prior to surgery. Plan to arrive no later than 1 day prior to the surgery, and stay for 2 additional days. (A total of 3 days, 2 nights.) If the surgeon feels that your procedure will require an additional day, you will be informed when your surgery is scheduled.
All patients must come with a companion. This can be a family member, a friend or a nurse. Patients will not be able to care for themselves for the first few days after surgery. It is important to have someone with you who can help during that initial stage.
OPTIONAL NURSING SERVICES
If you need a nursing companion to escort you to and from surgery. You can contact Brightstar Care. This service is not provided by The Center for Innovative GYN Care and would be a separate cost.
All patients must have a traveling companion to assist with care once you leave the surgery center.
As a courtesy to patients at the Innovations Surgery Center, a visiting nurse will be assigned to you for a follow-up visit at your hotel after your surgery, but cannot remain with patients for extended periods.
Follow-up with the surgeon can be done in person or through an eVisit.
DOCTOR OF RECORD
Patients will need to supply the information of their primary care physician or their referring doctor at the time the surgery is scheduled. All records will be available for the patient, but it is important to have a follow-up visit with your PCP or referring physician for continuing care.
The CIGC surgical coordinators work with patients to schedule procedures. Often, patients forget to ask the surgeons an important question. While our surgeons are always available to answer questions, the staff at CIGC is extremely knowledgeable.
For more details about patient registration, surgery information, post-op care, and financial information, visit Patient Registration.
Step by step. We simplify the process for our patients. Our specialists and knowledgeable staff care for each patient as a true individual, and through a detailed and personalized approach we have our patients back on their feet, enjoying their lives, as swiftly as possible.