My journey with Endometriosis Surgery

In September 2015, the 3rd cycle of my painful period, I was determined that there must be something wrong with me since I have never been in so much pain my entire menstrual life, and I don’t think girls I know face this issue. I went online, typed in my symptoms, and immediately the word “endometriosis” jumped out at me.…

I have been lucky that up until age 25, I have not had any medical problems and even my period, which began at age 13, was always like a breeze - no pain, no heavy bleeding. I was athletic, happy, and worry-free. 

As I turned 24, I noticed that I started to feel quite nauseous during my period (still no pain though). Progressively, the nausea started to expand beyond period and I could feel sick for the entire month. At the same time, I start to feel exhausted easily. I was diagnosed with anxiety based on these “physical symptoms”. Turning 25, my periods start to get painful. At the beginning, it was a mild pain. Within 2-3 cycles, the pain became unbearable and I would struggle with going to school. 

I am a full-time Ph.D. student in a top Ivy League school and I am in charge of one major research project. Prior to this, I have a master’s degree from Harvard. The daily pain/nausea I was in made it very challenging for me to fulfill my duty. 

In September 2015, the 3rd cycle of my painful period, I was determined that there must be something wrong with me since I have never been in so much pain my entire menstrual life, and I don’t think girls I know face this issue. I went online, typed in my symptoms, and immediately the word “endometriosis” jumped out at me. I have never heard about it and knew nothing about it, but I made a self-diagnosis immediately as the symptoms match perfectly: painful periods, painful bowel movement, and painful sex. Within a few days, I browsed everything I can find online about this disease – both medical journals and people’s discussion in forums. 

I was actually consumed by despair upon discovering the impact of the disease, which possibly involves both chronic pain and infertility. I felt doomed.

I went to see my primary care doctor at my university and coincidentally, she had endometriosis since her 20s as well. She shared her story, as well as her two unsuccessfully laparoscopy experience decades ago. Strangely, she was stage 3 but her symptoms were well managed by homeopathic treatments. Desperate for a relief, I tried the homeopath regimen she used but to my disappointment, it did nothing for me. She referred me to a general gynecologist, who diagnosed me with endometriosis and booked me in for a diagnostic procedure in November 2015.

In the meantime, I had endoscopy and colonoscopy done as well – both clear and I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. 

At that point, I have not fully grasped the distinction between laser and excision surgery. As my research about the disease and the treatment continued, I came upon Dr. Seckin’s website and read the information there as well as other women’s testimonials. I finally feel empowered and well-informed about the disease. Soon, I canceled my procedure with the other doctor and promised myself that I would either have no operation or the best one in the world. 

I booked to see Dr. Seckin in Dec 2015. However, my primary care doctor argued with me for going out-of-network for such a “routine procedure” and I was “referred” to see another gynecologist who diagnosed me with severe anxiety and pelvic floor disorder with possible endometriosis. She put me on extended birth control pills and I was doing physical therapy weekly.

My meeting with Dr. Seckin was postponed until April 2016 since I need to give time to see whether the pills would help me. It helped me in the sense that I have fewer cycles. However, the pain I felt when I came off the pills every three months was 10 times worse than before and the daily pain/exhaustion was not lessened either. At this point, none of the doctors I saw had any solution for me. Well, I am already on the pills.

I did not postpone my meeting with Dr. Seckin any further and saw him in April, he examined me and diagnosed me with endometriosis and sent me for MRI. I did not hesitate when he proposed to do a laparoscopy which was carried on June 10, 2016. 

My recovery was easy, I did have pain for a couple of days but I also took the subway downtown to shop for furniture on day 5. I slept a lot but the stabbing pain from the depth of my pelvis is gone for good. Today I saw Dr. Seckin and his team for a post-op check-up and I am hopeful about my future. If I can travel back to Sep 2015 when I diagnosed myself with consternation, I would tell myself not to be scared since there is quality treatment out there. Thank you, Dr. Seckin and your wonderful team! My recovery continues and I look forward to playing Ping-Pong with you.

 

 

 

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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…

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    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,…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…