LAAM patient Tiffani from Fort Washington, MD did not know she had fibroids until she had an accident at work, and had to undergo physical therapy. Due to the location of the fibroids, the prescribed physical therapy caused her extreme pain, and she had also started bleeding. Tiffani decided to seek the help of a gynecologist.
“I went to 3-4 gynecologists at this point when one of them saw on my ultrasound that I had fibroids. As I was still doing physical therapy, one of the positions caused radiating pains from my uterus and it would go on for two weeks. This is what I imagined was like being in labor.”
When Tiffani was a teenager, she was told she had endometriosis. She did not want surgery.
“I just took pain medicine when I knew it was coming on. I always had something in my purse. I came from a military family so a lot of it was just suck it up, not knowing that you have a condition that will affect you long term. I was used to the pain, so painful or very heavy periods throughout my life never made me think it was fibroids.”
ADVANCED MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYN SURGERY AT CIGC
Tiffani searched for a fibroid removal specialist and discovered The Center for Innovative GYN Care. She had the minimally invasive LAAM procedure in March 2013. LAAM removes fibroids using only 2 small midline incisions, while preserving the uterus for fertility. One of the fibroids was near Tiffani’s spine, which caused the severe pain.
After her minimally invasive myomectomy, Tiffani had to undergo resection of pelvic adhesions. Scar tissue is common in women who have endometriosis that is extensive, or left untreated.
“We were trying to conceive about 6-9 months after the scar removal surgery. We tried for a while. After 6 months, we decided to try fertility treatment. My hormone levels were all over the place. My ovarian reserve was low. The last specialist said that I had a 15 to 24% chance of conceiving naturally and that I was going to need IVF.”
GETTING PREGNANT AFTER FIBROID & SCAR TISSUE REMOVAL
“January 2016 to April 2016 I was everything I could to take care of myself, drinking tea, eating really well. I found a supplement that’s supposed to repair the mitochondria in my DNA and I was thinking it might repair my eggs. Together with prenatal vitamins and this supplement, and monitoring my fertility cycle we managed to get pregnant in July 2016.”
Tiffani and her husband are expecting their baby in early 2017.
TALK TO A FIBROID SPECIALIST AT CIGC
Women struggling with fibroids, looking for safe removal options, can speak with a CIGC specialist about available procedures. LAAM myomectomy is an advanced and thorough surgery that has allowed many women to get pregnant. DualPortGYN hysterectomy is definitive fibroid removal with only two 5mm incisions, allowing most women to go back to work within 1 week. The surgical outcomes of both procedures are superior to other available options.
To schedule an evaluation with a fibroid specialist at CIGC: Paul MacKoul MD, Rupen Baxi MD, or Natalya Danilyants MD call 888-SURGERY or contact us online. Patient feedback is available on our website here and on doctor review sites: Dr. Paul MacKoul Reviews | Dr. Rupen Baxi Reviews | Dr. Natalya Danilyants Reviews.