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Dr. Cecilia Scimia (Patient) 07-26-2017
Dr. Gargiulo on June 14th 2017 removed 7 fibroids through robotic surgery ( 3 of them were 7 cm diameter). Few facts:
-4 days later I went back to work
-minimal scars.
-July 14 2017 I ran half marathon
-my belly is finally flat and all my symptoms (constipation and bloating) are gone.
The process was smooth and going into surgery was almost like getting into a Spa. Everyone was nice and professional. Pain lasts 3-4 days and it is fully controlled by painkillers (day 1 and 2) and antinflammatory drugs (day 3-4).
I highly recommend him to anyone.

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Anonymous satisfied patient (Patient) 06-30-2016
I recently had a single-site robotic laparoscopic myomectomy procedure with Dr Gargiulo at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I would like to share my experience for the benefit of anyone considering seeking advice or treatment for a similar condition. I was referred to Dr Gargiulo by my local gynaecologist after an ultrasound showed I had several fibroids which were giving my some symptoms. My main concern, however, was that my fertility might be affected. My gynaecologist suggested that I should be consulted by the 'Centre for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery’ at BWH as she was able to offer myomectomy only by open surgery which she thought might negatively affect my fertility. I am grateful for this decision. I arrived at the clinic feeling slightly apprehensive after rather a mixed bag of medical experiences in the US (I am not a native!). To give a little background, I am a scientist by trade and perhaps because of this I do not feel comfortable with any undertaking any procedure unless fully armed with facts. Upon arrival at my first consultation I was sat in the waiting room and given a recent journal article authored by Dr Gargiulo (music to my ears). So I arrived in Dr Garguilo’s office already feeling knowledgeable and could ask more detailed questions straight away. I left feeling fully informed went for further tests (MRI) which led to me having the myomectomy procedure to remove 2 fibroids (3 cm and 6 cm plus a smaller one). I cannot stress enough how impressed I was with the care I received at BWH on the day of surgery. The prospect of any complex surgical procedure is a little daunting but I honestly felt that the doctors. nursing staff, anaesthesiologists etc. could not have done more to keep me comfortable and at ease and I really do believe that this was a major factor in my speedy recovery. Speaking of which I was prepared for post-operative soreness and tiredness but actually I was back on my feet remarkably quickly. I only needed the narcotics for a day or so and then just used regular painkillers for another week. Within a few days I was walking around with no problems (I made a train journey by myself after 3 days!) and after 2 weeks I was pretty much back to normal with just some minor soreness around the incision site on my belly button. I had very little pelvic pain and have had none since. I am not an expert but I am fairly sure that the surgical skill of Dr Gargiulo was a major reason for lack of post-operative pain or complications. The fact that I was a candidate for the single site procedure (pioneered by BWH) was another significant factor. The follow-up appointments were equally as thorough and I walked away feeling like a huge burden had been lifted. I would urge anyone who is concerned about fibroids or already considering myomectomy to arrange a consultation at the Centre for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at BWH.

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Tracy (Patient) 02-04-2013
After suffering from heavy periods for over 3 years; being a guinea pig for birth control pills, IUD’s & various procedures always being told that the my only option for my Uterine Fibroid was a hysterectomy. Well I wanted to keep my uterus & being a busy working mom did not feel that a hysterectomy was the right choice. In the fall of 2012 I came to meet Dr Gargiulo from the minute I met him I knew I made the right decision he is a brilliant surgeon who believes a woman should retain her uterus, when possible. I was sitting in the waiting room and out came Dr Gargiulo to greet my husband & me to take us back to his office. I was thinking WOW what Dr does that!! We sat down with him for over an hour. First off I felt immediately comfortable with Dr. Gargiulo he had more compassion for what I had been going through that I felt overwhelmed with emotion. I had finally found someone that was going to help me. He explained the procedure and how quickly I would be able to be back to my normal life. After I finished with him I had to have blood work done and he walked me to the lab. Again what Dr ever does that; I walked out of that hospital in awe of how I was treated with such kindness and was not rushed out and was explained everything that was going to be done. I have never been to a Dr that made me feel like I was his only patient!!
I made my pre-op appointments and had to have a MRI to see exactly where the fibroid was. When I went for my pre-op appointment with Dr. Gargiulo he showed me the MRI and went through everything that was going to happen before & during the surgery. With less than 2 weeks to go I was a little nervous but I have to say not as much as I thought I would. I know this is because I knew what was going to happen and was in the best hands with Dr. Gargiulo. I had every confidence in him as my surgeon and was not worried at all.
The morning of my surgery I arrived at the hospital and was taken into the day stay surgery and was visited by my nurse, anesthesiologist, and Dr. Lin who was assisting Dr. Gargiulo; they all made me feel very comfortable and I had no nervousness. Then Dr. Gargiulo came in and talk with me and my husband to go over everything again with me he has such a caring way about him that I was so calm and believe me I have been told I am a very intense person so for me to be calm is very rare!! I had my surgery and woke up in recovery feeling groggy and with slight pain but was defiantly manageable with the pain meds. I was able to go home that night. I slept all night and pretty much the next day. I did have heavy clotting & bleeding so I had to go back to see Dr. Gargiulo 4 days after my surgery. After spending about 45 minutes I was told that while rare to have this it was ok and no need to worry. I went home & rested the rest of the weekend. As the weekend went on I started to feel better every day. I was able to return to work 1 week after my surgery to work about 6 hours a ... [<a href='read.php?taid=14107'>more..</a>]

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Liz (Patient) 08-31-2012
Dealing with a painfully large fibroid, Dr Gargiulo and his staff provided the best care I could have asked for. With compassion and efficiency, they cared for me through a difficult time and brought me through surgery to a successful recovery. Dr Gargiulo himself, as well as his staff and entire surgical team were calm, courteous, and always made sure my questions were answers and my concerns addressed. I recovered from surgery much faster than I imagined possible, leaving the hospital that day, off pain meds within 48 hours, and almost fully back on my feet within a week. The whole experience was worth the drive to Boston, and I would recommend Dr Gargiulo and his team to anyone struggling with fertility and/or reproductive needs.

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Lynne (Patient) 05-14-2012
I have always had terrible periods (cramping and heavy bleeding). I had large fibroids which were causing some discomfort. It was recommended that I have a hysterectomy. I was referred to Dr. Antonio Gargiulo (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery). He recommended and performed the da Vinci surgery. Dr. Gargiulo was very confident that I was a good candidate for this surgery and that all would go well. I had the surgery about 3:00 p.m. and was able to leave the hospital later that night. Although I was groggy, I was able to walk and use the bathroom within hours of the surgery. All went as well as Dr. Gargiulo expected even though my uterus was almost 11 times its normal size.

I was uncomfortable for a few days after the surgery but was managed with some pain medication. I only needed the pain medication for about three to five days and mostly at night to help me get comfortable and settled. I did experience a little pain in my shoulder due to trapped gas (I was told about that) but that lasted a day or so. I felt well enough to eat (light meals) and walk around the house a bit, although I did quickly tire out. I got plenty of rest and followed the doctor's post-op instructions. I was able to return to work in two weeks.

Dr. Gargiulo answered all of my questions and he made feel at ease. His staff is wonderful. I received such quick responses to my questions and concerns. This is a surgery that I would definitely recommend because of the quick recovery.

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Carol V (Patient) 12-18-2010
I am 51 years old. I ‘had’ a large uterine fibroid causing heavy bleeding and anemia for six years. I decided on the ‘watchful waiting’ approach and assumed I would hit menopause and things would resolve. However, over this past summer things became worse, with longer & heavier periods and no sign of menopause. The gynecologist I had seen for many years had regularly talked about a hysterectomy but I wanted to get a second opinion. I ended up seeing three other gynecologists and an interventional radiologist. It wasn’t until I met with Dr. Gargiulo at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston in October 2010 that I knew I had found a different type of doctor. Here was a surgeon talking about preserving the uterus, when possible, and very confident in his ability to do this. I had learned through my ‘doctor shopping’ that not all doctors have the skill and confidence to agree to perform a myomectomy and that putting a uterus back together is challenging but with the assistance of the da Vinci robot Dr. Gargiulo is able to do just that. Not only is he a real advocate for women, he is a highly skilled surgeon and like the other people who have posted here, I also found him to be very compassionate, caring with excellent communication skills and bedside manner.
At the time of writing this, I am17 days out from having undergone a robot assisted laparoscopic myomectomy. Thanks to the technical skill of Dr. Garguilo I was able to avoid having a hysterectomy for a fibroid. As he put it – ‘you have a fibroid, why would you want a hysterectomy’. In my experience, the other gynecologists I consulted with recommended just that because this is what they know how to do, especially for a woman in her 50’s who does not want to become pregnant. My advice to any woman being told that she needs a hysterectomy for uterine fibroids is to seek a second (or third or fourth) opinion from a highly skilled laparoscopic surgeon. We women need to become our own health advocates and not simply accept what somebody in a white coat is telling us to be the gospel truth but merely their version of the truth. If you are able to travel to Boston, I would highly recommend seeking an opinion from Dr. Gargiulo.

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Carol (Patient) 12-18-2010
I am 51 years old. I ‘had’ a large uterine fibroid causing heavy bleeding and anemia for six years. I decided on the ‘watchful waiting’ approach and assumed I would hit menopause and things would resolve. However, over this past summer things became worse, with longer & heavier periods and no sign of menopause. The gynecologist I had seen for many years had regularly talked about a hysterectomy but I wanted to get a second opinion. I ended up seeing three other gynecologists and an interventional radiologist. It wasn’t until I met with Dr. Gargiulo at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston in October 2010 that I knew I had found a different type of doctor. Here was a surgeon talking about preserving the uterus, when possible, and very confident in his ability to do this. I had learned through my ‘doctor shopping’ that not all doctors have the skill and confidence to agree to perform a myomectomy and that putting a uterus back together is challenging but with the assistance of the da Vinchi robot Dr. Gargiulo is able to do just that. Not only is he a real advocate for women, he is a highly skilled surgeon and like the other people who have posted here, I also found him to be very compassionate, caring with excellent communication skills and bedside manner.
At the time of writing this, I am17 days out from having undergone a robot assisted laparoscopic myomectomy. Thanks to the talent of Dr. Garguilo I was able to avoid having a hysterectomy for a fibroid. As he put it – ‘you have a fibroid, why would you want a hysterectomy’. In my experience, the other gynecologists I consulted with recommended just that because this is what they know how to do, especially for a woman in her 50’s who does not want to become pregnant. My advice to any woman being told that she needs a hysterectomy for uterine fibroids is to seek a second (or third or fourth) opinion from a highly skilled laparoscopic surgeon. We women need to become our own health advocates and not simply accept what somebody in a white coat is telling us to be the gospel truth but merely their version of the truth. If you are able to travel to Boston, I would highly recommend seeking an opinion from Dr. Gargiulo.

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Patricia (Patient) 04-28-2010
I highly recommend Dr Gargiulo because of his skill and compassion as a doctor. He successfully removed my huge fibroids robotically!! He is very knowledgeable, strives to keep up with advances and was very understanding, caring, and personable in dealing with me. I would encourage all women to get at the very least a second opinion when dealing with fibroids. My gyn had suggested a hysterectomy, the second doctor didn't believe in robotic surgery and the third specialist said I was not a candidate for robotic surgery because they were too big and I had more than four. After I met with Dr. Gargiulo, I saw another top and very experienced robotic surgeon but I ultimately decided to go with Dr. Gargiulo because I felt he took the time to listen to me as a patient and cares about the patient's perspective.

After a lot of research and traveling to see out state specialists, I felt it was definitely worth traveling over 500 miles to have my surgery done by the talented and personable Dr. G! He instills trust in patients and definitely had my trust.

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sophia (Patient) 06-23-2009
I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Garguilo. I had a "giant" (yes, that's the term used by the radiologist in the MRI report) fibroid (also known as myoma). It measured 10.3cmX13cmX10.5cm. I went to MGH first and the surgeon there wanted to remove it in an open surgical procedure. My fiance at the time had heard about the da vinci robot and that it was being used to remove uterine myomas. He did some research and found Dr. Garguilo at the Brigham. Dr. Garguilo successfully removed the myoma almost four months ago. The surgery lasted approximately 4.5 hours and I had no blood loss. It was a total success and within two weeks of the surgery, I had to remind myself to take it easy because I felt so good. I just had a hysteroscopy and the uterus looks "unremarkable" so in a few more months we will start trying to get pregnant. I am blessed that I live in Boston where Dr. Garguilo practices. There are only a hand full of doctors in the world who do these types of laproscopic myomectomies using the robot. I would recommend that anyone who has been diagnosed with a large myoma see Dr. Garguilo . . . if you were anywhere else in the world (or the States) you wouldn't have the chance to benefit from this technology and the experience of Dr. Garguilo. You owe it to yourself to see him before you undergo an open surgical procedure. Finally, in addition to Dr. Garguilo's obvious experience and skill, he is a pleasure to have as a physician. He is kind and his bed side demeanor is thoughtful. He does a good job explaining medical issues in an uncomplicated and humble way!

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Jami (Patient) 10-13-2008
Dr. G was my first specialist whom I met with, I loved him but not the commute, I met with other local doc's, including women doctors, none who had the compassion Dr. G has. I went back to him on many occasions after meeting and not connecting with other docs...I took some tiem off, and thinking of paying him another visit!

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Lynn Weiser (Patient) 01-25-2007
This doctor is fantastic. He works out of Brigham & Women's Hospital and if you are anywhere near the Boston area it is worth going to him if you can. My whole experience with him and his office, the surgery and hospital staff was excellent. I only wish every doctor I have ever been to with a problem was like him. He listens very well, is warm and brilliant.

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