Adenomyosis Symptoms: How To Relieve The Pain

Adenomyosis can be difficult to detect. It’s a complex GYN condition and symptoms are often debilitating. Pain can be severe and menstrual bleeding is heavy for some women. It is however one of the conditions that can be difficult to diagnose as it is not well understood by many physicians.

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An MRI can often detect adenomyosis. An ultrasound can also be used, but it is less sensitive than an MRI. If the adenomyosis is small and diffuse, it may not appear on any imaging, and can only be diagnosed during surgery. As this is a disease of the uterus, the only definitive cure is hysterectomy.

Women often suffer through the pain thinking it’s normal, which creates barriers to treatment. It’s important to speak with a specialist about these symptoms as they can be relieved.

SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT

Heavy menstrual bleeding from adenomyosis is not only disruptive, it is dangerous as it can cause anemia. The dangers of anemia include life-threatening complications such as congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and/or heart attack. You can learn more about the risks here.

Adenomyosis is contained within the uterus and the only definitive treatment is hysterectomy. Women who want to preserve fertility can temporarily manage adenomyosis symptoms with medication. Most of the time however these are not very effective, especially when the adenomyosis is extensive.

Learn more in this Q&A with Dr. Natalya Danilyants: Adenomoyosis Pain: What Women Need To Know.

THE BEST HYSTERECTOMY OPTION

Minimally invasive hysterectomy, as definitive treatment of adenomyosis, relives symptoms with minimal scarring and fast recovery. CIGC surgeons Rupen Baxi MD, Natalya Danilyants MD and Paul MacKoul MD perform hysterectomy surgery using the DualPortGYN technique. It is a superior approach using two 5 mm midline incisions, and post-operative recovery is 1 week.

When it comes to lesser known GYN conditions like adenomyosis, women should seek a specialist for optimal care. A minimally invasive hysterectomy should be performed by a skilled laparoscopic surgeon who is fellowship trained on advanced techniques to prevent damage to the delicate structures in the pelvic cavity. Standard laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomies have a higher risk of damage to ureters, bowel and blood vessels.

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To schedule an evaluation with a CIGC specialist, call 888-SURGERY or reach out online. Women travel from around the country and around the world for CIGC’s innovative procedures: learn about our travel program.

Patient stories from women who found relief after minimally invasive GYN surgery at CIGC are available on our website here and on doctor review sites: Dr. Rupen Baxi Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews | Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews.

New Study Shows Menopause Symptoms Can Be Safely Managed With Estrogen Therapy

Menopause symptoms can be incredibly disruptive and many women are reluctant to undergo a hysterectomy out of fear of menopause. It’s important that women know: menopause symptoms can be managed. A recent study demonstrates estrogen therapy can be safely used post-hysterectomy, as long as it is not combined with progesterone.

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Estrogen-only therapy can be safely prescribed to women who’ve had a hysterectomy as it shows no overall increase in breast cancer risk compared with women who had never used HRT. Women using a combination of estrogen and progestogen therapy, had a 2.7 times greater risk than non-users, significantly higher than previously reported.

This is an important factor for older women with fibroids who often believe a myomectomy is a preferable and less invasive procedure than a hysterectomy, which isn’t true. Learn more in this article shared by WTOP News:
A Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Improves Options For Menopause Symptoms

To schedule an appointment with a CIGC physician Dr. Paul MacKoul MD or Dr. Natalya Danilyants MD and discuss minimally invasive treatment for complex GYN conditions, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, hysterectomy surgery is performed using the DualPortGYN technique, with two 5 MM incisions and recovery in 7-10 days.

LAAM: A Better Minimally Invasive Myomectomy

CIGC surgeons developed a safer approach to laparoscopic myomectomy with an advanced surgical technique called LAAM. This innovative approach makes it possible for all women to be candidates for minimally invasive GYN surgery with only 2 small incisions, regardless of the size, location or number of fibroids. Women suffering with fibroids, who no longer wish to preserve fertility, or whose fibroids have created extensive distortion to the uterus, are better candidates for a DualPortGYN hysterectomy.

Read testimonials from CIGC patients after minimally invasive fibroid removal with LAAM:

Rashetta’s Story: Minimally Invasive Removal of Large Fibroids is Possible
Sherri’s Story: Traveling For Minimally Invasive Fibroid Surgery
Azundai’s Journey: Finding The Best Fibroid Removal Surgery

To speak with a CIGC minimally invasive GYN surgeon Paul MacKoul MD or Natalya Danilyants MD about your fibroid removal surgery, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. More patient feedback is available on doctor review sites: Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews.

 

 

 

Think Twice Before Getting UFE To Treat Fibroids

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a non-invasive method to treat fibroids that many women consider. It is a procedure performed by radiologists who insert a small catheter into the large vessel in the groin, and then they find and block with plastic particles the vessels that feed the fibroids. Women who want to become pregnant should know: UFE has limitations and may have long-term effects on fertility.

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UFE is a good approach to control bleeding, but in younger patients the long-term control of fibroids is very limited. Additional fibroids can grow or the fibroid that was embolized can reestablish blood supply. We highly recommend to women who are told they can get embolized and still want babies, to reconsider the approach because it can affect implantation of the embryo into the lining of the uterus, where the baby grows. With fibroid treatment, it’s important to preserve the blood supply and it’s also important to preserve the lining of the uterus.

According to UpToDate®, the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource, there is an adverse effect on women who have become pregnant after having UFE:
“A systematic review and several case series of pregnancies following UFE or UAE have reported adverse outcomes including miscarriage, preterm delivery, placental problems, and malpresentation.”

Safe fibroid removal, that does not affect fertility, can be achieved with laparoscopic myomectomy using the LAAM technique. This approach was developed by CIGC surgeons Paul MacKoul MD and Natalya Danilyants MD and it takes the best elements of both laparoscopic and open approaches for myomectomy. It is safer than open or robotic procedures, and more effective than UFE at preserving the uterus for fertility. With 2 small incisions, one 5MM incision at the belly button and a 1.5 inch incision at the bikini line, fibroids of any size, number or location can be removed.

Learn more about the risks of UFE and safer treatment for fibroids in this WTOP News article:

Women With Fibroids Should Think Twice Before Getting UFE


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If you would like to get a GYN evaluation for your fibroid symptoms, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. CIGC has offices in Bethesda, MD, Annapolis, MD and Reston, VA. Patients who reside outside the Washington DC area travel to CIGC through our travel program.

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Fibroids: What Is The Right Approach For Treatment?

When it comes to fibroids, the struggle is real. Symptoms like pain and bleeding can be severe, they can result in tiredness and anemia from blood loss, and can disrupt your whole life. Many are embarrassed to speak up, only to discover when they finally do that other women experience similar symptoms, and struggle to find relief.

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LETTING FIBROIDS GROW IS DANGEROUS

Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City recently opened up about her GYN health and how fibroids have affected her life. When she was initially diagnosed a few years back she was told fibroids are common and surgery was not necessary. Years later she got to the point where she had experienced a miscarriage and was suffering from iron deficiency due to very heavy GYN bleeding. It’s important to know fibroids tend to grow and even small fibroids can become very large and can cause severe symptoms. The earlier symptoms are addressed, the less invasive surgery is, and if fertility is desired, the uterus can be better preserved.

Anemia from heavy GYN bleeding due to uterine fibroids can lead to potentially life-threatening complications like congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and/or heart attack. More on the dangers of anemia here. Large fibroids can also damage other delicate structures in the pelvis, they can affect kidneys and impact circulation. More about the lesser known risks of fibroids here.


FIBROID TREATMENT WITH MINIMALLY INVASIVE APPROACH

When surgical treatment is indicated, fibroids can be removed through hysterectomy, which is definitive treatment as they will not grow back, or myomectomy, which is fibroid removal surgery with preservation of the uterus, for women who still wish to conceive. Fibroids will grow back after a myomectomy and additional surgery may be necessary. Thorough and safe removal is very important with a myomectomy as the uterus needs to be repaired correctly so it can hold a growing baby. Even small fibroids should be removed to allow for a successful pregnancy and longer relief without the need for additional surgery.

Either fibroid removal procedure can be performed with safe, minimally invasive approach to allow the patient to get back to her routine within days rather than weeks. With the advancement of laparoscopic techniques, open GYN surgery, with up to 2 months recovery time, is no longer necessary.

When Bethenny shared her journey dealing with fibroids on ABC’s Good Morning America, she spoke about her inpatient open myomectomy with 3 days in the hospital and a long post-operative recovery of 6 weeks. Women should know, open myomectomy is no longer necessary. Fibroid removal, with preservation of the uterus, can be performed with laparoscopic approach, leading to a much faster recovery. With the LAAM (Laparoscopic Assisted Abdominal Myomectomy) procedure, fibroids of any size and number are removed with 2 small incisions, and recovery is 10-14 days. This is also an inpatient procedure, which due to the minimally invasive technique, does not require any hospital stay.


SURGERY WITH AN OB/GYN VS A GYN SPECIALIST

A woman’s relationship with her OB/GYN is very important. The OB/GYN is an obstetrician, a primary care physician, an office gynecologist, and a part-time fertility specialist, oncologist, and surgeon. While there is no other specialty comparable to that of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the primary focus of OB/GYN is not GYN surgery. When it comes to complex GYN conditions and surgical treatment, it’s best to seek the opinion of a specialist, who performs an increased volume of surgeries and this way maintains and develops surgical skills and expertise, perfecting the approach.

At CIGC, we work closely with our patients’ regular OB/GYNs, who often refer their patients to us for advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment of conditions like fibroids and endometriosis. Valinda Nwadike, MD, an OB/GYN based in Southern Maryland who has been referring patients to us for over a decade, recently decided to undergo herself laparoscopic hysterectomy with the innovative DualPortGYN technique at CIGC. She is now saying:

“I would recommend DualPortGYN to anyone. It is the procedure women deserve. It’s revolutionary. If you laid out all the types of hysterectomy that women can have side by side, why wouldn’t you choose this? I was showing my teeny incisions to my colleagues and they were amazed. They all have the CIGC number now and are making appointments.”

You can read her full story here: OBGYN Chooses CIGC For Laparoscopic Hysterectomy


GET A GYN EVALUATION

Women looking to get evaluated by CIGC’s advanced surgical specialists Dr. Paul J. MacKoul MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants MD can call 888-SURGERY or book an appointment online. Out-of-town patients travel to the Washington DC area for minimally invasive GYN surgery through our travel program. CIGC has offices in Bethesda, MD, Annapolis, MD and Reston, VA.


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Heather’s Story: A Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Handled With Care

hsewell-headshotCIGC’s hysterectomy patient Heather S. from Ashburn, VA is dealing with a rare genetic condition called Dercum’s Disease. Pain associated with this disease is caused by growths consisting of fatty tissue that press on nearby nerves and it can be severe.

“The condition has mutated my nervous system. I have five to ten times the nerve endings. Everything is surprisingly painful and leads to so many complications. For instance, it takes more medication than normal to knock me out for surgery.” she said.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYN SURGERY AT CIGC

Heather came to us with severe GYN symptoms. She had a laparoscopic hysterectomy and is doing well. Her case however was complicated. Before having her surgery, she was in terrible pain and could not walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.

“My lower back felt like it was being crushed and the inside of my pelvis felt like it was being shredded.” Heather said.

The hysterectomy showed Heather had been suffering from endometriosis for years.

“I’ve had irregular periods my entire life. When Dr. MacKoul did the surgery, he found scar tissue and adhesions everywhere. He suspected that I had endometriosis for over 10 years. He felt that something must have snapped or pinched a nerve, which is why I was having so much pain. I had pelvic adhesive resection, and a full hysterectomy with the ovaries removed.”

Because of the blizzard in January, Heather almost didn’t make it to the hospital.

“My neighborhood got buried in 4 ft of snow. The hospital didn’t have as much snow, so they weren’t prepared to reschedule. Because of my condition, I couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes. My poor mother, knowing how bad my pain had become, was determined that I wasn’t going to miss my surgery. She got the Loudon County Fire and Rescue to come out at four o’clock in the morning!”

FEELING BETTER AFTER DUALPORTGYN HYSTERECTOMY

After her minimally invasive hysterectomy, Heather’s pain started to go away.

“The pelvic pain has gone away since surgery. I started to feel good after a week. To give you an idea of how complicated my underlying condition is, I had a procedure a few years ago to remove a mediport, a simple I/V implant in my chest. I ended up in the hospital for 10 days just for pain control. But, thanks to Dr. MacKoul’s impressive familiarity with my rare condition and his skill with the minimally invasive hysterectomy, I was able to go home the next day. The incisions aren’t noticeable, they are barely even there.”

At CIGC, we perform laparoscopic hysterectomy using the DualPortGYN technique: two 5 MM incisions and 1 week recovery time. Because of the minimally invasive approach and location of the incisions (between the abdominal muscles), pain and bleeding is avoided and women get back to themselves faster.

HEATHER’S PASSION & GETTING BACK TO HERSELF

Heather also shared with us some details about her passion and being able to get back to what she loves.

“When I was 13 the first Harry Potter book came out. All my friends were suddenly really excited about reading again. I thought maybe I could transform that into a love of writing too. Soon after, I started the Daily Prophet, an online fictional newspaper where kids volunteered to be columnists. I ended up tutoring 400 kids worldwide and a few adults in creative writing. With my business, I wanted to replicate the same newspaper writing platform in middle schools. Teachers could create custom newspapers for their classrooms with various templates that capture each student’s pop culture passion using their love of books, movies or video games to develop an equal love for writing. I was getting quite far with it.

I had a meeting with Scholastic up in New York last year, but I had to fight through the excruciating pelvic pain to get up there. I finally realized that I couldn’t do it anymore because of the pain. Given my chronic health condition, my health is so fragile anyway. I knew I had to find something where I don’t have to travel much, or chase after venture capitalists for funding to make it happen. Being an entrepreneur is fantastic, but I couldn’t keep risking my health. I realized, I’ve spent so many years sharing my love for writing by helping other writers. Now’s the time to finally focus on my own writing by creating an original novel I’ve been dreaming about for years.”

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss you GYN symptoms with minimally invasive GYN surgeons of CIGC Paul MacKoul MD and 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 Washington DC area can look into our travel program.

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DualPortGYN Hysterectomy: Live Webinar May 18th @ 8 PM

Join me and Dr. Natalya E. Danilyants, MD on May 18th @ 8 PM for an interactive live webinar on DualPortGYN ‪hysterectomy: a safer & less invasive hysterectomy using two 5 MM incisions and 1 week recovery time. Our former patient Michelle will participate to talk about the procedure she had in December 2015 and how she has been feeling since.

It’s important to know hysterectomy surgery doesn’t have to be a painful or invasive procedure. There are safer options, with better recovery, that women should be aware of. During the event, we will answer your questions. We encourage all participants to submit their questions during or prior to the webinar. Click this link to register today and save your spot: Register Now! A Safer Hysterectomy Webinar, May 18th

Hysterectomy Webinar

At CIGC, we focus on highly advanced surgical techniques to perform minimally invasive GYN surgery with 2 small incisions and recovery in days rather than weeks. To find out more about our approach to GYN surgery, see the DuaPortGYN and LAAM pages on InnovativeGYN.com


If you are looking to get a GYN evaluation with a CIGC specialist Paul MacKoul MD or Natalya Danilyants MD, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. To read our patients’ feedback, go to patient review sites: Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews