Endometriosis Surgeon Dr. Seckin and His Team Are My Angels

Endometriosis Surgeon Dr. Seckin and His Team Are My Angels

After years of pain and suffering, Winnie Chan says she feels like a brand-new woman—and she has endometriosis surgeon Dr. Tamer Seckin and his handpicked team of surgical specialists to thank for it.

"I feel so great. Like there are no [painful] pokes anymore," she describes of the stabbing pelvic pain that plagued her for 14 years. "That’s why I’m so thankful for my team. They’re definitely angels."

Chan's journey to pain-free took 22 hours on the operating table in back-to-back surgeries.

It all began when Chan, 30, came to Seckin Endometriosis Center in July 2017 with trouble urinating and heavy, incapacitating periods.
She could barely walk.
Seckin immediately realized Chan was in serious trouble. During her examination, "He said, ‘If you were my daughter, I’d send you to the ER right away,’” she recalls.
Chan rushed to nearby Lenox Hill Hospital, while Seckin readied a team that included Urologist Dr. Michael Brodherson, and general surgeon Dr. Panagiotis Manolas. When she awoke from the emergency surgery, Chan learned the trio had labored for nine hours to remove all traces of endometriosis.

Inside Chan, Seckin and his team found adenomyosis, Stage IV Endometriosis, frozen pelvis, and endometriomas, or endometriosis-filled cysts. Endo was also found in her bowels, so Chan underwent a bowel resection. And there was finally an explanation for her urinary problems: hydronephrosis. Essentially, endometriosis lesions had snaked around her bladder and ureter, choking both and causing her kidney to swell due to the backup of urine.

"Dr. Seckin did the surgery laparoscopically with only three [incisions]," says Chan. "It was a very successful surgery. He actually reattached my right ureter to the bladder. It was like reconnecting the pipes." Dr. Brodherson also placed a stent inside Chan's ureter to help free up the flow.

Unfortunately for Chan, her endometriosis nightmare wasn't over just yet. By December, she began experiencing those familiar painful periods of the past. Seckin ordered up an MRI, and both were floored to learn her frozen pelvis had returned yet again. On Feb. 1, Seckin and a team of five surgeons including Brodherson; Manolas; Seckin Endometriosis Center associate surgeon Dr. Karli Goldstein; and Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Peter K Hon; converged on Chan for a 13-hour long surgery. The team corrected the frozen pelvis condition again and removed portions of her rectum. When she awoke, she looked down to find herself wearing an ileostomy bag.

After that marathon procedure, Chan says she is forever grateful to all of her surgeons.

"This team for me, they’re my family right now," says Chan.

In May, she slowly started back at audit and consulting firm Deloitte and Touche. After months of wearing both the ileostomy bag and a catheter, she says her body is gradually learning how to eliminate the old-fashioned way. Asked what else she plans to do now that she’s feeling better, Chan doesn’t hesitate. “Enjoy some really good food. I would love to go back to Hawaii.”

And she’ll pack her positive attitude in her luggage.

“Just focus on the present and live every day," she shares of the advice that keeps her going. "Go do what you got to do to make you happy right now. Live the moment now. And that’s how you do it. Because if you think about the past or future, you worry to much be happy. This is a new life for me, a new body.”

 

 

 

 

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  • 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…

  • Nicholette Sadé

    Dr. Seckin brought me back to life! I am now 3 weeks into my recovery after my laparoscopy surgery, and I feel like a new and improved woman! Being diagnosed with Endometriosis, then 25yrs old in 2015, and discovering the severity of my case being stage 4, made me devastated. Dr. Seckin's vast knowledge of the disease, sincere empathy, and…