In January of 2015, I met with Dr. Cindy Parnes only for her to dismiss the intense pain I had been feeling as cramps. After I insisted, she begrudgingly agreed to write me a prescription for a sonogram. The results of this sonogram revealed that I had a small cyst on my left ovary. When I returned to Dr. Parnes in May, she suggested I go on birth control to help shrink the cyst and she wrote me a three-month prescription for hydrocodone acetaminophen. Because the cyst was growing instead of shrinking, I scheduled my surgery for July 15, 2015. It took about three hours and revealed that I had severe endometriosis. At my postoperative appointment, Dr. Parnes informed me that she was unable to remove all of the endometriosis because it was “impossible to do so.” She also recommended that I go on Lupron because it was the “most effective treatment.” The idea of going through menopause while juggling my college courses was enough to convince me that a second opinion was the best alternative.
By the time I first met with Dr. Seckin in December of 2015, it had been almost 5 months since my surgery and I didn’t feel any better. I told him my entire story and asked for his recommendation. He told me that the best way to relieve my symptoms was through laparoscopic excision surgery. My surgery with Dr. Seckin took place on May 20th at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Seckin was with me for over four hours removing scar tissue from my previous surgery as well as a cyst and my endometriosis. When he met with my parents after the surgery, he told them I was one of the worst cases of a botched surgery he had ever seen. I stayed overnight at the hospital and Dr. Seckin even came to visit me the next day to see how I was feeling. I met with Dr. Seckin almost a week after my surgery and he told me that I was healing well. A month later, I met with him again and he did a sonogram which confirmed I had no cysts. Dr. Seckin was always honest with me and my four-page operative report showed just how much work he had to do to reverse the damage from my first operation. I am forever grateful to Dr. Seckin. Since my surgery, I have not had any pain and am looking forward to going to school feeling healthy again.