I Feared My Surgery With Dr. Seckin

I Feared My Surgery With Dr. Seckin

I was sick as a dog when I stumbled on DrSeckin.com in January 2017. 

I had shooting pains down both legs. Wearing skinny jeans meant suffering through stabbing pelvic pain. I was constantly nauseous. At work, a mug of ginger tea quickly became my favorite accessory. Anything to stop me from ralphing during the morning meeting. My coworkers openly pondered whether or not I was pregnant. (I wasn’t.)

A radiologist had just discovered a cyst on my ovary, and it was he who first said that word.

Endometriosis.

After that frightening appointment, I feverishly researched Seckin and read the reviews here of the women whose health, lives and livelihoods he restored after laparoscopic excision surgery. I also hunted for a harsh review that would convince me surgery with Seckin was a bad idea, one that would leave me feeling worse than before.

I couldn’t find one.

Still, I remember how nervous I was to call and make a consultation. I must have called Seckin Endometriosis Center three times in as many weeks. 

I was running from Seckin as much as I was running to him.

“I wasn’t ready to hear you tell me how sick I was,” I recently told Seckin, tears welling in my eyes as I recalled that first meeting.

I tried all the holistic things, hoping to avoid his surgery. I did acupuncture weekly and downed handfuls of the Chinese herb, Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan. I wrapped my abdomen in castor oil packs after watching a YouTube video, “How To Get Rid Of Your Ovarian Cyst.”

I meditated, visualizing a healing light sweeping away the disease.

Finally, we met in March. 

“Fire your doctor,” he told me during my examination, visibly upset that my longtime OB-GYN could miss such a red flag.

He suspected Stage IV Endometriosis, the worst of the disease in which endometriosis lesions can blanket the pelvis.

“You need surgery right away.”

We scheduled surgery day one month after that consultation. I was on the operating table for hours as Seckin meticulously removed every trace of endometriosis he could find. It’s been nearly 15 months post-op, and I still feel incredible, just as I did immediately following surgery. 

If I could go back in time, I’d give myself plenty of advice to ease my pre-surgery jitters.

Don’t delay the appointment. Every day lost to poor health cannot be regained.

Grin and bear the consultation fee. He’s worth every penny.

Take a deep breath before walking into that office. Everyone is there to help you feel better.

Trust Seckin. He’s been doing this for 30 years. 

Be brave. Surgery is never an easy decision to make.

Think positive… and get ready to embrace a body born anew.

 

Sheena Foster is the Digital Editorial Director of The Endometriosis Foundation of America. You can read more about her journey and endometriosis-related news and developments at EndoFound.org

 

 

 

 

 

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    Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to…

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    Dr Seckin and his team gave me back my life! Tomorrow will be 1 month since my surgery and I feel great. Dr. Seckin, Dr Liu, and Dr Goldstein are not only beyond words talented and amazing Doctors, but they are also genuinely wonderful and caring people. I cannot say enough great things about Holly, Asiye and Kim as well.…

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    Dr. Seckin and his staff spared me from years and years of heavy periods and unbearable endometriosis pain. After having surgery with him (my first) I can now function like a regular human. No more eating NSAIDs like candy and calling out sick from work. Thank you, Dr. Seckin!