With up to 80% of women struggling with fibroid symptoms, many come to CIGC looking for a better fibroid removal surgery. When it comes to surgical treatment, many procedures are still performed unnecessarily as open, and untrained specialists recommend hysterectomy when it is unnecessary. It’s important for women to do their research and get to know their options so they can choose a safer, less invasive surgery.
“No large incision! I have to look for it. I was back to work in 2 weeks. I had 17 fibroids removed. Three of them were really big. I felt excavated, all of the junk removed. It feels so liberating to have them all out!” said Azundai about her procedure with Dr. Paul J. MacKoul. You can read her full story here.
“I had heard and seen what other women had gone through for fibroid removal. Their recoveries were much longer. I really appreciated the small incisions. I compared what I experienced to other women when I got home, and they were amazed.” said Jenny, who traveled from Wisconsin to Maryland for her LAAM procedure with Natalya Danilyants MD. You can read her full story here.
Regardless of how early it is caught, the diagnosis “endometrial cancer” is scary. Christine from Altoona PA was diagnosed earlier this year and she knew she needed a hysterectomy. Her regular practice only gave her the option to have an invasive open surgery, with 6 weeks recovery time, which she did not want. Christine had concerns. She felt she was not getting answers to her questions and was not involved in the decision process regarding her GYN procedure.
Christine started to research other options and found out that a minimally invasive procedure was possible at CIGC with DualPortGYN hysterectomy using only two 5mm incisions. The recovery time for this procedure is only 10 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.