Dr. Seckin Changed My Life

You just can’t hide the distress and devastation. It doesn’t matter if you’re the patient, the spouse or the parent, you can just see it on everyone’s faces.” When you have to face a disease like endometriosis every single day, it’s so hard to have a positive outlook on life because it is just so difficult to enjoy.

My name is Danielle, I’m 26 years old, and I am a tax accountant currently working for a corporate firm in Syosset. Like almost every woman who is forced to deal with this horrific disease, I’ve had my concerns dismissed for years. My symptoms started when I was 13, 2 years after my first cycle, and got progressively worse and much more severe as I got older. No one in my family was ever diagnosed with endometriosis or had ever experienced what I was going through. I’ve seen several doctors over the years and not a single one was able to offer any long-term help. I was told by countless doctors that my pain wasn’t real, that these are only “mild cramps,” and that I would never be able to have children. I was miserable and I felt as though this nightmare would never end. That all changed when I met Dr. Seckin.

An old friend of mine, Leanne, had shared a post about endometriosis on Facebook that came from the page “Dr. Seckin’s Endo Sisters,” a resource I still cherish to this day. I reached out to her to for any advice or information on this disease, and that is when she told me about Dr. Seckin. I had laparoscopic ablation surgery scheduled with my regular OBGYN at the time. She urged me to cancel the procedure and to meet with Dr. Seckin. She had gone down this road before and knew that procedure would not offer any help to me at all. I wish I had listened to her then. I felt desperate, seeing that I’ve had no relief with any other option, and felt I couldn’t deal with the pain any longer; so I went through with the procedure with my regular doctor, only to face more pain and discomfort than I did before. He ignored all of my concerns, he didn’t believe that I was still in pain, accused me of misusing pain medication, and he dismissed me as a patient only 4 weeks postoperatively. At this point, I lost all hope in medicine. I became very ill, ridden with anxiety, and felt I could no longer rely on the advice of medical professionals. In my last attempt to find some help, I called Dr. Seckin, and I cannot put into words how thankful I am for doing so.

I met with Dr. Seckin for the first time this past April. I was extremely nervous and hesitant at first, considering what I had gone through with my previous doctor. He took the time to answer all of my questions and did all he could to help put me at ease. After a pelvic MRI and an ultrasound, he was able to tell me exactly what needed to be done. He told me I had a bicornuate (heart shaped) uterus with a septum diving my uterus almost completely in two. He explained that this could be the cause of my endometriosis and that he would be able to fix that through laparoscopic surgery. He also went into detail about the difference between the laparoscopic ablation I’ve had previously and the laparoscopic excision surgery he would perform, and how this procedure would have a much longer lasting effect. It was clear that he was the surgeon I’ve needed all along. He asked me when I wanted to have the surgery, to which I replied, “as soon as possible.” He got me in the following week.

I scheduled my laparoscopic excision surgery with Dr. Seckin for May 14th, and it was the best decision I have ever made. When I had the first laparoscopic ablation surgery in January, that doctor told me I had 4 endometriomas located only on my uterus. Dr. Seckin found over 16 endometriomas located all throughout my pelvic region. Not only was he able to remove all of the endometriosis, he removed the septum in the middle of my uterus and a mass of adenomyosis. Although I was in a decent amount of pain after the procedure, it was nothing compared to what I had felt on my worst days battling this disease. The staff at Lenox Hill were fantastic, and Lucy & Kim were the best support system I could have asked for.

Dealing with endometriosis is devastating. There were days where the pain was so severe, I couldn’t get out of bed. I missed class, lost certain jobs, and passed on weddings & other events because this disease had completely taken over my life. My father explained it best when he came with me to one of my appointments. “All you have to do is look at these women who are living with endometriosis. You just can’t hide the distress and devastation. It doesn’t matter if you’re the patient, the spouse or the parent, you can just see it on everyone’s faces.” When you have to face a disease like endometriosis every single day, it’s so hard to have a positive outlook on life because it is just so difficult to enjoy.

 

 

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  • Sheena Wright

    I underwent surgery with Dr. Seckin in 2017 and have felt like a new woman ever since. If you have, or suspect you have endometriosis, Dr. Seckin and his compassionate team of surgeons and staff are a must-see.

  • Angela Aro

    I have struggled with endometriosis and adenomyosis since first starting my period at 13. I was diagnosed at 21 and what followed was a series of unsuccessful surgeries and treatments. My case was very aggressive and involved my urinary tract system and my intestines. After exhausting all of my local doctors I was lucky enough to find Dr. Seckin. We…

  • Emi O

    Seckin and Dr. Goldstein changed my life!

  • Kristin Sands

    Like so many women who have tirelessly sought a correct diagnosis and proper, thorough medical treatment for endometriosis, I found myself 26 years into this unwanted journey without clear answers or help from four previous gynecological doctors and two emergency laparoscopic surgeries. I desperately wanted to avoid the ER again; a CT scan for appendicitis also revealed a likely endometrioma…

  • Wilfredo Reyes

    Dr. Seckin literally gave my wife her life back. I am eternally grateful to him for his generous, determined spirit to see that Melanie finally live free from the prison bonds of Endometriosis.

  • Carla

    I am so grateful to Dr Seckin and Dr. Goldstein. My experience was nothing short of amazing. I was misdiagnosed with the location of my fibroids and have had a history of endometriosis. Dr. Seckin was the one who accurately diagnosed me. Dr Seckin and Dr. Goldstein really care about their patients and it shows. They listened to my concerns,…

  • Melissa Boudreau

    When I think of Dr. Seckin these are the words that come to mind. Gratitude, grateful, life-changing, a heart of gold. I feel compelled to give you a bit of background so you can understand the significance of this surgery for me. I am passionate about Endometriosis because it has affected me most of my life and I have a…

  • Jaclyn Harte

    Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein radically changed my quality of life. They treat their patients with dignity & respect that I've personally never seen in the literally 25+ doctors I've seen for endometriosis. This summer, I had a surgery with Dr. Seckin & Goldstein. It was my first with them, but my 5th endo surgery. I couldn't believe the difference,…

  • Megan Rafael Moreno

    I was in pain for 2 years. I was getting no answers, and because dr Goldstein and dr seckins were willing to see and treat me I'm finally feeling almost back to normal. They were very down to earth and helpful in my time of need. Dr Goldstein was easy to talk to and caring, she took care of me…

  • Nancy Costa

    Dr. Seckin is one of the best endometriosis surgeon. Every time I go to the office, he really listens to me and is always concerned about my issues. Dr Seckin's office staff are a delight and they always work with me. I feel I can leave everything to them and they will take care of it. Thank you to the…

  • Rebecca Black

    Fast forward 5 years to find out incidentally I had a failing kidney. My left kidney was only functioning at 18%. During this time, I was preparing all my documents to send to Dr. Seckin to review. However, with this new information I put everything on hold and went to a urologist. After a few months, no one could figure…

  • Monique Roberts

    I'll never stop praising Dr. Seckin and his team. He literally gave me back my life.

  • Erin Brehm

    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

  • Anita Schillhorn

    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…