2015 has been a remarkable year for The Center for Innovative GYN Care. Many of our patients have shared their experience dealing with complex GYN conditions and finding relief after minimally invasive GYN surgery. As we look back, we are amazed by how many lives have changed for the better and we are so grateful for their continued support in helping others find us. Thank you to all of our patients!

CIGC PATIENTS OF 2015


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HEIDI, DUALPORTGYN HYSTERECTOMY

At a routine checkup, Heidi was given the diagnosis of potentially cancerous fibroids. She was frightened as she was recommended a complete hysterectomy with robotic surgery, using power morcellation. Heidi decided to seek a second opinion and could not believe she found something so drastically better at CIGC. Read Heidi’s story.


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HELENE, LAAM MYOMECTOMY & ENDOMETRIOSIS EXCISION

Helene has struggled with fibroids for over 20 years, suffering from painful periods and extreme bleeding, as well as back pain, pelvic pain and headaches from anemia. After multiple prior surgeries, nothing ever worked. She decided to try fibroid removal surgery with the LAAM procedure at CIGC. Watch Helene’s video.


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LJUBICA, INFERTILITY SURGERY

For several years, Ljubica and her husband had tried fertility treatments unsuccessfully and after 3 failed attempts, they were starting to get discouraged. It turned out she required surgery to remove a fibroid and uterine polyp before beginning IVF. Ljubica had a LAAM procedure for her fibroid and a subsequent polyp removal. She got pregnant naturally shortly after the procedure. Read Ljubica’s story


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RASHETTA, LAAM MYOMECTOMY

Rashetta found out she had fibroids in college. For years, she saw the same doctor who advised to wait and watch, only her pain got progressively worse. The fibroids continued to grow and she actually had a date scheduled to have a hysterectomy, which she cancelled. Rashetta met with Dr. Paul MacKoul and ended up getting the LAAM procedure.  Read more of Rashetta’s story in this Blog and in The Baltimore Times


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GWEN, DUALPORTGYN HYSTERECTOMY

Back in 2011, Gwen had a fibroid the size of an orange, causing her pelvic pain that she had struggled with for years. She had minimally invasive fibroid surgery 4 years ago and feels great speaking about it now. She says she can’t even see where her incisions were and you would never know she had fibroid surgery. Read Gwen’s story.


TRAVEL PATIENTS

Patients travel from all around the country for CIGC’s advanced minimally invasive procedures. So many women have complex GYN conditions that require a specialist, but very few can perform minimally invasive surgery. Read some of our travel patient stories from women who have traveled for surgery with Paul MacKoul MD and Natalya Danilyants MD:

Sherri, New York, NY: Traveling for Fibroid Surgery with Dr. Paul MacKoul

Jenny, Wisconsin: Remove Large Fibroids Safely

Beth, Leesburg,VA: On the Other Side of Endometriosis Pain

BOOK A CONSULT

Get to know us better on InnovativeGYN.com where you can learn about CIGC’s groundbreaking minimally invasive techniques. When you are ready to schedule your appointment and go over your options with an advanced surgical specialist, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. For more patient feedback, visit online doctor review sites: Dr. Paul MacKoul ReviewsDr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews.

GYN conditions like fibroidsendometriosispelvic adhesionsuterine polyps or inflammation of the fallopian tubes (hydrosalpinx) can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and carry to term. Many suffer through difficulty getting pregnant or miscarriages only to realize that they have a gynecologic condition that could have been treated. A fertility evaluation by a GYN specialist early on can often make all the difference and pave the way to a healthy and successful pregnancy.


At CIGC we partner with reproductive endocrinologists to ensure patients have the best possible care from surgery to fertility treatments. Some women are actually able to conceive naturally after minimally invasive infertility surgery at CIGC.


INFERTILITY & FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids can significantly affect pregnancy rates and are a very common cause of infertility. Letting fibroids grow can create severe GYN symptoms like abnormal bleedingpelvic pain, bloating and uterine distortion and can actually put women at a higher risk for a hysterectomy. Fibroid removal surgery increases the success rates of spontaneous pregnancy, intrauterine insemination, and in vitro fertilization.


INFERTILITY & ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis can affect fertility in multiple ways. The body responds to endometriosis by releasing excess inflammatory cells, which can cause pain, or create pelvic adhesions preventing conception. The inflammatory cells can potentially affect sperm function or impair the function of the fallopian tubes. The surgical management of endometriosis can be difficult and complex. Learn about endometriosis treatment to improve fertility.


INFERTILITY & HYDROSALPINX

The inflammation of the fallopian tubes is known as hydrosalpinx, a condition where fluid swells the tubes, making it difficult for women to get pregnant. There are multiple causes of inflammation like pelvic infections or fibroids obstructing the tubes or prior surgery causing scarring to the tubes. If the tubes are blocked most fertility doctors recommend IVF to bypass them. Learn more about the function of the fallopian tubes.


INFERTILITY & UTERINE SCARS/POLYPS

Many patients have had surgery to the uterus that results in the formation of scar tissue in the uterine cavity, which can prevent the implantation of the embryo. Removal of the scar tissue by a minimally invasive GYN specialist can allow for pregnancy to occur. Learn about removing scars or polyps from the uterus to improve pregnancy rates.

BOOK A CONSULT

At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, our advanced laparoscopic techniques are designed to provide safe and efficient minimally invasive treatment, with recovery in days rather than weeks. To get an evaluation with a CIGC specialist Dr. Paul MacKoul MD or Dr. Natalya Danilyants MD, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. CIGC has offices in Bethesda, MD, Annapolis, MD and Reston, VA. Patients who reside outside the area travel to Washington DC for minimally invasive GYN surgery through our travel program.

CIGC Patients Get Pregnant After Infertility Surgery For Fibroids & Endometriosis

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Gwen T, fibroids patient at The Center for Innovative GYN Care, had minimally invasive fibroid surgery 4 years ago and feels great speaking about it now. She says she can’t even see where her incisions were and you would never know she had fibroid surgery. Gwen was happy to share her experience with us and talk about how she’s been feeling since.

Back in 2011, Gwen had a fibroid the size of an orange, causing her pelvic pain that she had struggled with for years.

“Every month I would suffer with pain around my menstrual cycle, but it wasn’t in my pelvis. I was getting pain in my hip and my back. There were times I couldn’t get out of bed. At the time I didn’t know what it was, but it was affecting my lifestyle, crippling me.”

Dr. Paul MacKoul performed laparoscopic hysterectomy using DualPortGYN, an innovative surgical technique that uses only two 5mm cosmetically placed incisions. The scars are practically invisible after healing.

“I have no scars. Some women are scared about big scars, but patients considering surgery need to know that I had no drainage, and went home with 2 small bandages. I was back to work in four days. I work as an office manager in a doctor’s office, and it’s light duty, and low stress, so I had no problem returning to work earlier than planned. I’m looking forward to wearing a bikini some day!”

Many women find they have the drive to pursue new activities after recovering from GYN surgery. Following her DualPortGYN hysterectomy, Gwen found the energy to further her education.

“Since my surgery, I was able to get my Masters of Arts Degree and am a licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, with 4 board certifications. I’m pursuing a Ph.D in 2016.”

After minimally invasive GYN surgery at CIGC, many of our patients engage in new activities, travel to places they have always wanted to visit and take more time to spend with their families and loved ones.

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If you are dealing with abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, contact us to schedule an appointment and go over your options. CIGC minimally invasive GYN surgeons Paul MacKoul MD and Natalya Danilyants MD have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients. To see feedback from other CIGC patients, read online patient reviews: Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews.

The Best GYN Surgery With The Fastest Recovery Is A Car, Train or Plane Ride Away

According to the National Institutes of Health, fibroids, endometriosis and other common GYN conditions represent an important health concern due to the large number of women affected. By age 50, between 70% and 80% of American women will develop uterine fibroids, which cause heavy bleeding & pain, and can even lead to infertility or miscarriages. Now more than ever it’s important to do your research and find the best options for your GYN care, so you can live a pain free life and focus on the things you truly love.

At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, minimally invasive GYN surgeons treat women from all around the world, suffering from complex GYN conditions. The CIGC approach is unique as it is focused on innovative surgical techniques, with remarkable outcomes. Patients recover in days vs weeks following minimally invasive procedures that keep incisions as small as possible and cause the least amount of pain. Most surgeries are performed in an outpatient setting, so patients can return home the same day.

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SAFER MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYN PROCEDURES IN AN OUTPATIENT SETTING

CIGC fellowship-trained surgical specialists Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD and Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD have developed groundbreaking minimally invasive GYN procedures like DualPortGYN and LAAM to improve the quality of women’s health. DualPortGYN is the least invasive GYN surgery available worldwide and it is faster, safer, more affordable and more efficient than standard laparoscopic or robotic surgery. DualPortGYN has been successfully applied to thousands of cases for hysterectomycancerendometriosis, pelvic massesovarian cysts and prolapse procedures. LAAM is the most minimally invasive and thorough fibroid removal surgery available, with preservation of the uterus. LAAM can be performed on any patient regardless of fibroid size, number, or location.

PATIENTS WHO TRAVEL TO CIGC GET BACK TO THEMSELVES FASTER

Jenny from Wisconsin travelled to CIGC for a safer fibroid surgery. She is a physical therapist assistant to the elderly who struggled with uterine fibroids. Her doctors recommended a hysterectomy and were not willing to perform a minimally invasive procedure. Jenny discovered CIGC online and found out that she had much better options. She traveled to DC to have minimally invasive fibroid surgery and by 3 weeks, felt completely normal and enjoyed getting back to what she loves. Read Jenny’s full story to find out more about her journey.



LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CIGC TRAVEL PROGRAM

The Center for Innovative GYN Care in the Washington DC area is your destination for minimally invasive GYN surgery. Even if you live outside the DC area, you can still benefit from groundbreaking gynecologic procedures at CIGC through our travel program. We have a lot of patients who travel for our unique advanced surgical techniques and we want to make this experience as seamless as possible. Learn more about the CIGC program for out-of-town patients on our website and give us a call at 888-SURGERY today.

LEARN ABOUT CIGC

Why We’re Different

Dr. Paul MacKoul Background | Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews

Dr. Natalya Danilyants Background | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews

Before minimally invasive techniques, GYN surgery took a huge toll on a woman’s body. Patients expected recovery from gynecologic surgery to take 2 months or longer. As surgical approaches have improved, post-op recovery has been reduced to weeks vs months.  At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, surgical specialists have gone even farther, helping patients return to their normal lives in days.

Not all physicians devote time to train in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Many doctors choose to remain in their comfort zone and still perform open surgeries. Finding a surgeon who focuses on minimally invasive GYN procedures is imperative to a better, faster recovery.

CIGC fellowship trained specialists have redefined minimally invasive GYN surgery to 2 small incisions for all procedures. This means patients can often have surgery and go home the same day. They return to their normal lives within days rather than weeks after the procedure. Cancer patients are able to begin additional therapies sooner and with a positive outlook that comes with faster recovery. Choosing highly-trained surgeons who specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgeries can mean relief not only of pain, but of worry.

CIGC minimally invasive GYN surgeons NEVER perform open or robotic-assisted surgery. The extended recovery times associated with open or robotic procedures take precious time away from your complete recovery. These procedures also come with potential complications due to a more invasive type of surgery. Learn more about why laparoscopic trumps robotic in GYN surgery.

INNOVATIVE SURGICAL TECHNIQUES AT CIGC

The Center for Innovative GYN Care specialists Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD and Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD have developed advanced minimally invasive techniques to treat fibroidsendometriosis, pelvic massesabnormal bleedingpelvic pain, and cancer.

DualPortGYN is most effective, least invasive GYN surgery available worldwide. Using only 2 cosmetically placed 5mm incisions and a technique called retroperitoneal dissection to completely identify the pelvis, CIGC surgeons can provide better surgical outcomes and faster recovery for most GYN conditions.

DualPortGYN

LAAM is the most minimally invasive myomectomy and the safest fibroid removal surgery, with preservation of the uterus. It can be performed via 2 small incisions on any patient regardless of fibroid size, number, or location and most are done in an outpatient setting.

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Learn as much as you can about the different gynecological procedures available to you, so that when you choose your surgeon, you understand the procedure and recovery times, as well as potential complications. For many patients, knowing that they can get back to their lives faster can change their entire outlook on surgery.

BOOK A CONSULTATION:

We want to make resolving your GYN pain a priority so that you can get back to living your life. Book a consultation with advanced surgical specialists of CIGC to go over your options. You can learn more about us from our former patients who have shared their positive feedback online: Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews | Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews.

CIGC PATIENT STORIES:

Joyce’s Story: Fibroids
Emily’s Story: Endometriosis
Susan’s Story: Adenomyosis

TRAVEL PROGRAM

We treat women from all around the world, suffering from complex GYN conditions. Even if you are not from the DC area, you can still benefit from groundbreaking procedures at CIGC: learn about our travel program.

If you have suffered from pelvic pain for an extended period of time without knowing the cause, a diagnostic laparoscopy might be indicated. Women who are misdiagnosed can go through several rounds of wrong treatment, costing them time, money and possibly even worse consequences on their overall health.

If a patient has endometriosis, which is the most common cause of chronic pelvic pain, diagnostic tools like ultrasound, CT or MRI may not be able to detect the nature or severity of the condition. A diagnostic laparoscopy allows for a small thin camera to be inserted into the abdomen where the entire pelvis can be inspected and suspicious lesions can be resected for a diagnosis.

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MANAGEMENT OF ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is a unique GYN condition, hard to manage medically. Management of pain from endometriosis can be done with the help of with analgesics and hormonal suppression, which is used to treat symptoms. This however does nothing to improve fertility, treat adhesions, or resolve endometriomas.

GYN surgery is the most definitive treatment for endometriosis. The diagnostic laparoscopy will be able to determine how far the condition has spread. Surgical management can be done through endometriosis resection  (also known as endometriosis excision) to improve symptoms or hysterectomy for the best long-term pain control.

Depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s desire to preserve fertility, hysterectomy does not have to be the only option. Endometriosis removal is conservative surgery, focusing on removing endometriosis and improving symptoms, while preserving the uterus, tubes and ovaries as much as possible. This approach improves pain, but it does not cure endometriosis.

Hysterectomy with or without removal of the ovaries is for women who do not desire fertility or for women for whom conservative surgery has failed. Performing a hysterectomy will remove the uterus, and can often prevent endometriosis from returning. However, if the endometriosis has spread beyond the immediate pelvic area, or if endometriotic lesions or endometriomas are missed, there is a chance that it will continue to spread.

EARLY DETECTION & ENDOMETRIOSIS SURGERY

Endometriosis is a painful and complicated GYN condition. Getting diagnosed early is important and for patients who are found NOT to have endometriosis, the diagnostic laparoscopy may help avoid a long course of medical therapy directed toward the wrong diagnosis.

When dealing with endometriosis, surgical management by fellowship trained minimally invasive GYN surgeons is important to ensure a complete procedure with a full recovery. CIGC endometriosis specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD or Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures, with remarkable results.

Book a consult today and go over your options for minimally invasive endometriosis removal or minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy to relieve your symptoms. Out-of-town patients can benefit from groundbreaking procedures at The Center for Innovative GYN Care through our travel program.

LEARN ABOUT CIGC

Dr. Paul MacKoul Background | Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews

Dr. Natalya Danilyants Background | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews

CIGC Patient Story: Endometriosis

Minimally Invasive Endometriosis Surgery Gives Beth Her Life Back

CIGC Patient Story: Fibroids

After Sophisticated Surgery for Large Fibroids, Joyce Neal Gets Back to Work Quickly and Becomes a Mom

CIGC Patient Story: Ovarian Tumor

Welcoming a Baby after Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery