Kidney Endo Patient: 'Dr. Seckin is a Genius'

Kidney Endo Patient: 'Dr. Seckin is a Genius'

Period pain. Ovulation pain. Searing back and leg pain.

Ever since 2014, mom-of-two Elina Kharnak just knew something wasn't right within her body.

Noticing the pains were cyclical and all occurring around her periods, the Brooklyn, NY-native, and finance executive smartly began researching endometriosis and visited three OB-GYN's who pooh-poohed her suspicions about having the disease.

The back pain worsened, and a visit to a urologist revealed she had lost all function in her left kidney.

Convinced endo was the culprit, Kharnak, 49, met with Dr. Tamer Seckin in February.

"I just remember sitting there with him and Dr. [Karli] Goldstein, and they really heard me," recalls Kharnak. Seckin told Kharnak he believed she not only had endometriosis and that it likely attacked her kidney, but adenomyosis.

Surgery day came in April, and Kharnak was in for a 10-hour long procedure.

Seckin's predictions were spot-on. Kharnak was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometriosis, the most extensive expression of the disease, and adenomyosis, a condition in which the lining of the uterus bursts through the muscle wall of the uterus. “I had nodules on my bladder and on my bowel."

Her kidney had swelled to four times its normal size and was beyond saving. Endometriosis, "throttled my kidney. It attacked my ureter, and it killed my kidney. When I had my surgery, not only did we have to do excision, but I had a [total] hysterectomy. I lost my uterus, my [fallopian] tubes, my ovaries, my cervix and my left kidney. That had to go too."

Post-op, Seckin told Kharnak that if there such thing as a Stage V Endometriosis classification, she'd easily fit the bill due to her organ loss.

Despite the severity of the disease progression, the procedure was a success, and Kharnak says she's still in awe of Seckin's mastery at excising the disease, no matter the extent of organ involvement.

"I went in knowing that, because of the kidney and everything else that had to come out, that this could turn into a real open-up surgery, but he's a genius. He's such a genius. I have six laparoscopic incisions. I did not have to have abdominal surgery. He did it all laparoscopically and vaginally. He's a miracle worker."

After taking a 12-week short-term disability leave, Kharnak says she's back at work and adjusting to life with one kidney.

“I have to see a nephrologist every six months. I check my blood pressure every other day,” said Kharnak, who is more prone to hypertension and UTI's now.

Still, Kharnak says she feels like a new woman and plans to treat herself now that she's on the other side of her nightmare.

"I'm planning a trip" she shares, adding that Seckin recently cleared her for vacation. "Sometime in August."

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  • 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…

  • Jason Curry

    My wife had her laparoscopic excision surgery to remove endometriosis with Dr. Seckin on Jan 30, 2014. She doesn't write online reviews so I'm writing this on her behalf. I accompanied her with each office visit she had. The staff--Lucy and Kim, are very friendly, warm and professional. Dr. Seckin was excellent in every capacity. He spent a lot of…

  • Liz Filippelli

    He is an awesome doctor who saved my daughters life from debilitating endometriosis..she knew instantly upon awaking from surgery that she was better..that wad May and no complaints only praises for Dr. Wonderful Seckin!!

  • Karen N

    I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19. I saw several Endometriosis "Specialists" since then, had a few laproscopic surgeries to "remove" the endometriosis and continued to be in pain. I had a hysterectomy in 2012 and was told this would stop the pain once and for all. No such luck! Tired of spending days in bed with a heating pad,…

  • Lauren Rodriguez

    I researched and found Dr. Seckin after dealing with years of doctors who couldn't help me or refused to go the extra mile for their patients. I have to say I am truly blessed to have found such a compassionate and talented doctor. He is exquisite with everything he does, and both his team at the office and surgical team…

  • Kellya Vespa

    Dr. Seckin is a very skilled surgeon. There are not many doctors like him that truly understand the effects of endometriosis. I am lucky to have found him. The staff is wonderful too.

  • Meg Connolly

    Dr. Seckin truly LOVES what he does and cares about his patients from the bottom of his heart. My life has already changed in 3 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful. Should I ever need another operation for endometriosis, Dr. Seckin will be the one to do it. I recommend him to anyone I come across with similar problems…

  • Elisandra O

    Dr. Seckin is an amazing Doctor he is very compassionate, caring and he will be honest with you. He's been my doctor for 19yrs and I am so grateful to have someone taking care of me that knows what he is doing and knows the best way to treat each and every situation. I would definitely recommend him and his…