Fibroids often run in families, and they have been shown to affect African American women more severely. CIGC patient Akena shared her journey dealing with fibroid symptoms, and looking to find relief.
“In 2002/2003 my periods became really heavy and the cramping was unbearable. The fibroids actually became palpable to me. I could feel them. Fast forward 3-4 years later, in 2007 my fibroids had gotten so large that I had to have a myomectomy. I wanted the opportunity to have kids. It was an open procedure because my fibroids were so large. My gynecologist at the time told me I wasn’t a candidate for a laparoscopic procedure because they wouldn’t be able to get all of them.” said Akena.
“I think I was told that fibroids could come back, and pretty quickly. In 2010 the fibroids returned. The cramps got heavier, the bleeding got heavier. I knew they were going to be a problem and they are only going to get bigger.”
“I really wanted kids. Sometime last year, I started looking into my fertility. I went back to the same OB/GYN. He checked my ovarian reserve, which was really low. I went to a specialist. Over time, my ovarian reserve got worse. At this point. I hear the radio ad. I was so disappointed in my OB/GYN and discouraged by my fertility specialist. I needed to try something else. That’s when I reached out to The Center for Innovative GYN Care.”
SEEKING SPECIALTY GYN CARE
By the time Akena reached out to CIGC, her fibroids had severely grown and her symptoms had worsened. She went through a fertility screening again, to test her ovarian reserve.
“The results of my test were not what I wanted to hear. My uterus was essentially non-existent. The fibroids were pressing on my bladder and would engulf it if I didn’t take care of this. Dr. MacKoul was honest, saying the likelihood that you are going to be able to get pregnant on your own is very, very low. Finally, I’m coming to terms with the fact that he is right.”
“I had surgery at the end of summer. I got up the evening after my surgery, moving slowly, of course, but I was able to move around without assistance. I could concur with a lot of the stories that have already been told by other CIGC patients.”
“I realized having a hysterectomy was the best option for my particular situation. I had to shelve the fact that I’m not going to have a kid that comes from my own body. The fibroids were so large and affecting other things on the inside that he also had to remove an ovary.”
RECOVERING FROM MINIMALLY INVASIVE HYSTERECTOMY
“My recovery has been amazing. The incisions are small, and it was nothing like having an open procedure. I’m very lucky to have a partner now who is supportive and who wants to get through this together. And he allowed me the space to get through this on my terms. I would wish and hope that any woman has the same support system I do, and to have such a supportive team throughout the surgical process.”
FIBROID TREATMENT AT CIGC
CIGC advanced laparoscopic specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, and CIGC-trained physician Dr. Rupen Baxi have provided minimally invasive surgical treatment for thousands of fibroid patients.
LAAM myomectomy is a uterus sparing procedure, performed on patients who are able to retain fertility. CIGC surgeons use 2 small incisions to remove fibroids any number and size. Women recover faster, with less pain, and are usually back to work in less than 2 weeks.
DualPortGYN hysterectomy is definitive fibroid treatment. CIGC specialists use two 5 mm incisions to remove the uterus, and women recover in 1 week.
TALK TO CIGC
To schedule an appointment with Natalya Danilyants MD, Paul MacKoul MD or Rupen Baxi MD, call 888-SURGERY or submit this form online. Women have traveled to CIGC for advanced GYN surgery from 46 states and 30 countries. Learn about our travel program. For patient feedback, visit the patient spotlight section on our website, or doctor review sites: Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews | Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Rupen Baxi Reviews.