I knew that I was in excellent hands

I am so glad that I did. This was my first surgery, and I experienced quite a bit of trepidation about going under the knife, but I knew that I was in excellent hands.

I am a single 32-year old woman and have suffered from endometriosis since adolescence.  As a teenager and young adult, I suffered from debilitating pain every month with my periods before I went on the pill.  Indeed, the pain was so bad that my mother told me that it was no worse than “labor pains.”  At times, I experienced pain so bad that I became incapable of caring for myself – at the boarding school I attended for high school, I had to call campus security one time to pick me up at my dormitory and bring me to the campus infirmary I was in so much pain.  

On another occasion, when I was in law school, I started experiencing pain so bad a classmate called an ambulance for me and I spent the afternoon in the emergency room (the ER staff thought I was having a miscarriage, even though I was not sexually active at the time).  Needless to say, I have missed countless school, extracurricular, and work activities as a result of my periods, though the pain lessened when I went on the pill about five years ago.  However, I have also found sex to be painful, something the pill did not solve.  When attempting sex in the missionary position, it would feel with deep penetration like the guy was pressing up against something very tender.  Sex from behind has been less problematic, but I still have needed to be super-aroused (i.e., on the verge of an orgasm) to withstand deep penetration.  Up until about two years ago, I was not aware that my painful periods and painful sex might have a common source.  After discussing my symptoms and undergoing a transvaginal scan with two other gynecologists, I was told that I likely have endometriosis (though, with the exception of a cyst on my left ovary that eventually disappeared, the transvaginal scans did not reveal any evidence thereof).  Notwithstanding these assumptive diagnoses, I was told that my only options with endometriosis would be to continue taking the pill (but forego the placebo week) or take Lupron injections that would send me into premature menopause.  Although I was told that I could have surgery if I wanted to know for certain that I have endometriosis, the gynecologist who told me that said that there was “no point” in pursuing that option because there is no “cure” once endometriosis is confirmed.  After hearing that and doing quite a bit of Internet research on my own, which revealed a number of different surgical techniques that can be used to cauterize or remove endometriosis, I elected to schedule an appointment with Dr. Seckin.  Although the transvaginal scan and MRI that Dr. Seckin ordered again did not show any evidence of endometriosis, and Dr. Seckin was very frank regarding the possibility that he would not find anything “wrong” with me, I elected to go ahead with the surgery given the severity of my symptoms.  I am so glad that I did.  This was my first surgery, and I experienced quite a bit of trepidation about going under the knife, but I knew that I was in excellent hands.  

I had my laparoscopic excision surgery with Dr. Seckin on January 8th and was told that I had endometriosis in 13 spots (8 out of the 13 locations were ultimately confirmed by laboratory testing).  Using a unique “blue dye” method he uses to help view endometriosis, I believe Dr. Seckin was able to identify endometriosis in areas that other surgeons might have missed.  Not only did Dr. Seckin remove all of the endometriosis he found, he removed my appendix, which was inflamed.  Although I was in a decent amount of pain after the procedure, it was nothing compared to what I have experienced with this disease.  During my post-op appointment with Dr. Seckin, he told me that I have an abnormally shaped uterus that could be the cause of my endometriosis.  I am now a week post-surgery, and am not only relieved to finally have a diagnosis and feel validated in the pain I have experienced, but also find that I have increased energy.  It is as though a weight, both mental and physical, has been lifted.  Many thanks to Dr. Seckin, Lucy, Kim, and the wonderful staff at Lenox Hill Hospital for giving me what I hope is a new lease on life.  My only regret is that I did not find Dr. Seckin sooner – he is an expert in the laparoscopic excision of endometriosis, which is known to have longer lasting effects than other surgical methods, and has done literally thousands of these procedures.  Thanks again.

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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…