“I had moved from FL to MD. It was my first time finding a doctor away from home, doing all of the grown up things you do when you first start out. At first, the doctor said ‘It’s a large fibroid. Unless it’s bothering you, we really shouldn’t do anything with it, but to be on the safe side, we should get an ultrasound."
The ultrasound showed that there was more than just the one mass that Sherri was feeling. Sherri’s OB/GYN at the time recommended Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD for minimally invasive fibroid removal surgery.
“When I first met Dr. MacKoul, he was very thorough. He asked me about additional problems that I might have in addition to feeling the mass. I mentioned that I had heavy bleeding. I thought heavy periods were normal. It turns out, they aren’t.”
The procedure went very well and she did not have any problems. Years later Sherri moved to New York and she dealt with new fibroids as they often return after a myomectomy.
“I was going to try to get pregnant in the next year or so, and I needed to have this addressed. This time, I was living in New York. I had just started a new job in May, and I was in the process of bringing my mom to live with me. While I was in Florida getting her ready to move, I got a call from my doctor saying I was highly anemic and I needed surgery right away. While I knew the fibroids were a problem, this time it was severe, and the symptoms were worse. My doctor put me on heavy doses of iron.”
Sherri started doing research for a surgeon in NY.
“I was searching, searching, searching and I couldn’t find anything. I had set the bar really high with Dr. MacKoul. All the doctors I talked to suggested a hysterectomy. Even the physicians assistant suggested I get a hysterectomy. I didn’t want to lose my uterus before I made that decision on my own. Why would you suggest a hysterectomy to a 40 year old woman who still wants to get pregnant?”
Traveling for fibroid surgery was not out of the question for Sherri. New York came up short with minimally invasive options so she expanded her research and returned to CIGC for minimally invasive fibroid removal with Dr. Paul MacKoul.
Read Sherri's full story to find out about her previous experience with laparoscopic fibroid removal and traveling to CIGC for LAAM myomectomy.
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