It takes an average of 10 years for a woman to get diagnosed with endometriosis. Symptoms can start as early as teen years and they are debilitating. Talking about endometriosis and sharing stories, encouraging women of all ages to get evaluated and seek 2nd and even 3rd opinions, is very important to manage the disease. There is no cure, however early diagnosis is essential, to allow for a better quality of life and ability to conceive.
Some of our patients have kindly agreed to share their journey struggling with endometriosis pain and finding relief with minimally invasive endometriosis excision or minimally invasive hysterectomy at CIGC. Read their stories.
Michelle struggled with progressively worse rectal bleeding with her cycle for nearly 3 years. She consulted three different doctors, none of whom recognized the signs of endometriosis. Dr. Paul J. MacKoul performed DualPortGYN surgery to remove endometriosis. The procedure was complex as the endometrial implant had fused the uterus to the bowel and Michelle also had fibroids. In addition to minimally invasive endometriosis excision and hysterectomy, Michelle’s bowel had to be repaired with an enterolysis procedure.
“You have to take your healthcare into your own hands,” Michelle said. “When you struggle through multiple doctors and can’t find any answers, it’s important to find a specialist."
Read Michelle’s story.
Emily suffered from endometriosis pain during her menstrual cycle, with a pain level between 7 and 10, sometimes an 11 and 12. Natalya Danilyants MD removed an ovarian mass and resected endometriosis with minimally invasive approach. Her recovery was swift and her dreams to have a baby came true.
“I was amazed at how well I felt following the procedure. I had my procedure in a Friday and I was back to work on a Tuesday. I hardly used pain medication. I was up doing everything I needed to do for myself and then I was pregnant a year later. It was the second month that we were trying.”
Watch Emily’s story.
"I’m just one month shy of my anniversary of losing my left fallopian tube due to an ectopic pregnancy. I went through countless surgeries and was devastated that I could not give my husband a child naturally. I felt terribly alone and less of a woman for years, until now.” said Janelle.
5 years ago Janelle was diagnosed with endometriosis. She went through an ectopic pregnancy and lost her only viable fallopian tube. She suffered through many stages of disappointment and grief, before her surgery at CIGC. Janelle's dreams finally came true as she welcomed a baby boy in 2015, following minimally invasive resection of endometriosis with Paul MacKoul MD and IVF treatments.
Read Janelle’s story.
Dorran had a history of gynecologic procedures that included treatment for multiple GYN conditions over the past 17 years. Despite all the surgeries, she continued to have pain and was finally diagnosed with endometriosis after menopause. She had DualPortGYN hysterectomy with Dr. Natalya E. Danilyants, MD.
“I had surgery on a Thursday, rested on Friday, and on Saturday I was up and doing normal stuff. Before I felt tired, slow, and mentally drained. I was going through the motions. Nothing is slowing me down now, it doesn’t seem like I’m juggling a lot of things. I feel jubilant! Now, I can do anything! ”
Read Dorran’s story.
If you would like to book an appointment with an endometriosis specialist at CIGC: Rupen Baxi | Natalya Danilyants | Paul MacKoul, call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. CIGC has offices in Bethesda, MD, Annapolis, MD and Reston, VA. If you reside outside the Washington DC area, learn about CIGC’s travel program.
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