The location of the fibroid, and not its size, is the key factor when it comes to fertility. Fibroids growing within the uterine lining, or developing within the muscle, can distort the uterine cavity. The result is often difficulty conceiving and a higher risk of miscarriage.
Endometriosis is a complex, often misunderstood GYN condition. The number of medical professionals who are experienced at diagnosing and skilled at effectively removing endometriosis are limited and the need for research, awareness and better medical training is great. Many leaders in women’s reproductive health still fall short when it comes to championing the advancement of endometriosis research, medical training and awareness. However, one group is directing a great deal of energy to ensuring that endometriosis gets the attention is deserves. The Endometriosis Foundation of America efforts are multi-faceted.
EFA founders Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi have taken the cause to heart. Dr. Seckin travels across the United States and abroad giving lectures, and teaching the art and science of endometriosis surgery. Ms. Lakshmi speaks publicly about her experience through an array of channels including mass media, political arenas, and public events, allowing her to reach a wide audience.
CIGC is working closely with endometriosis awareness organizations to ensure that our patients have access to the support they need, and have the most up-to-date information about the most effective minimally invasive endometriosis removal to manage pain, bleeding and infertility.
CIGC specialists partner with reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYNs to ensure that our patients get the best care. Women who’ve had trouble conceiving naturally, or with IUI or IVF treatments should consider getting a fertility evaluation. To schedule your appointment, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. You can also get to know CIGC physicians through online patient reviews: Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews
Advancements in minimally invasive GYN surgery have led to a significant increase in outpatient procedures. A lot of these procedures are performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), providing high quality outpatient surgical and preventive care at a much lower cost. A growing trend over the last decade has been the decline in inpatient hospital stays, which carry more risks & costs and offer no benefit to the patient over outpatient procedures.
Recovering from minimally invasive GYN surgery in the comfort of your home means reducing the risks of infection as well as the overall cost of surgery. Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive GYN surgery in outpatient settings in this recent Tumblr blog: Paul MacKoul MD Explains the Benefits of Outpatient GYN Surgery
When you are ready to go over your options, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online to book a consult. If you are an out-of-town patient, visit our travel program page.
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.”
“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.
CIGC patients have kindly agreed to share stories of their improved lives after minimally invasive GYN surgery. We often see women dealing with pain & discomfort from GYN conditions, who have tried everything and have had multiple failed surgeries before coming to CIGC. After being exposed to robotics and open surgery, the idea that a minimally invasive approach is possible can be eye-opening.
Recent study shows more than 500,000 women undergo a hysterectomy every year and 1 in 3 is expected to have a hysterectomy by age 60. Too often, women are only given the option of an open hysterectomy for GYN conditions, although new minimally invasive techniques exist. 60% of all hysterectomies are still open abdominal procedures and robotic GYN surgery is becoming more and more common.
Open and robotic hysterectomy procedures are not in the best interest of the patient. Open surgeries have larger incisions, that are more painful, patients require hospital stay for up to a week, and their recovery times are up to 2 months. Robotic GYN procedures have up to 5 larger incisions and post-operative recovery can take up to 1 month.
It is important that women are aware of all surgical options when it comes to their gynecologic procedure. Advanced minimally invasive techniques, providing better results, are available. Surgical specialists of CIGC Dr. Natalya Danilyants and Dr. Paul MacKoul have developed DualPortGYN, a groundbreaking GYN technique that makes it possible to perform hysterectomies using only 2 tiny incisions. Learn more about the benefits of this approach on Dr. MacKoul’s Tumblr.
Women dealing with fibroids often choose to delay surgery due to fear of open procedures or risks associated with robotic surgery and power morcellators. It is essential that patients do their own research to identify all possible options for gynecologic care. Learning the facts about fibroid surgery and available procedures can help avoid unnecessary pain and get you back on your feet sooner.
The fibroids themselves:The size, number and location of fibroids determine the type of surgery. Fibroids can occur anywhere in the uterus, most develop from the muscle or myometrium, while cervical fibroids are quite rare.
The patient’s future plans: The most definitive fibroid removal surgery is hysterectomyas fibroids often return after surgery. If childbearing is still desired and retaining the uterus is important to the patient, a myomectomy is recommended. It is essential for women who are intending to retain their uterus to have the most minimally invasive myomectomy possible, as the probability of these women requiring subsequent fibroid removal surgery is very high.
The surgeon’s skill:Minimally invasive fibroid removal is possible even for women dealing with large fibroids or many fibroids. Fibroid surgery does not have to be limited to open or robotic procedures.
Fellowship trained surgeons of CIGC Natalya Danilyants MD and Paul MacKoul MD have developed an innovative fibroid removal procedure, taking the best of open and laparoscopic procedures, without the use of a robot or power morcellator. LAAM myomectomy uses 1 tiny incision at the belly button for a laparoscope, and a slightly larger incision, about an inch and a half at the bikini line. The surgeons are able to feel and remove all of the fibroids and patients generally recover in 10 days to 2 weeks.
Find out more about LAAM and women who have had large fibroids removed with this groundbreaking procedure:
Call 888-SURGERY or contact us online to schedule an appointment and go over your options for gyn care. Out-of-town patients can benefit from innovative GYN surgery in the DC area through the CIGC travel program.
Back in 2004 Sherri C, now living in New York, NY, dealt with symptoms from a large fibroid. She had moved from FL to MD and her OB/GYN at the time referred her to see Dr. Paul MacKoul for minimally invasive fibroid surgery. Though minimally invasive surgery had been around for a while, this procedure was still a fairly new advancement as it would only leave a small scar.
Fibroids often recur after a myomectomy. Years later, as Sherri moved to New York, new fibroids started to grow. Every doctor in New York recommended a hysterectomy, although Sherri wanted to preserve fertility. Traveling for fibroid surgery was not out of the question for her. As New York came up short with minimally invasive options, she expanded her research and returned to CIGC.
“I decided to try to get in touch with Dr. MacKoul. I had researched the procedure on the website and knew that it was minimally invasive fibroid removal but, I was surprised at how fast everything was. I wanted first available. From the time I first talked to Dr. MacKoul to talking to the surgical coordinator, my surgery was scheduled for 2 weeks later.”
We treat women from all around the world, suffering from fibroids, endometriosis and other complex GYN conditions. Out-of-town patients can still benefit from innovative GYN procedures at CIGC through our travel program.
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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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.