For thirty years and counting, Seckin Endometriosis Center has performed thousands of laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis and other gynecological conditions such as fibroids, adenomyosis, and adhesions. We have mastered the art of minimally invasive endometriosis excision surgery thanks to our intricate techniques and patented instruments. Our world-renowned center is steeped in expertise with laparoscopic deep-excision surgery, which removes all suspected endometriosis lesions throughout the body, ranging from disease in the ovaries (endometrioma), the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum endometriosis) and bowels (bowel endometriosis). Below are just a few key ways in which our award-winning surgeon can help relieve your symptoms and restore you to good health.
Meticulous restoration of anatomy with reconstruction and repair
Endometriosis is characterized by its alteration of the normal anatomy and severe scarring of organs, causing organ dysfunction. Because of this scarring, organs can fuse together and not function independently as their motility becomes compromised. This organ disfiguration, in turn, allows for endometriosis to invade the organ. Because the disease can affect multiple organs, mainly non-reproductive organs such as the bowels, ureters and nerves, the most common complaint is pain. Therefore surgery must be done in the most meticulous way. Your Seckin Endometriosis Center surgeon will look to examine every single lesion visualized via laparoscopy, on a large operating room monitor. This highly pixelated image allows Seckin Endometriosis Center surgeons to operate at a level of utmost precision.
Our Seckin Endometriosis Center surgeons are experienced in both operating on multiple organs and properly excising endometriosis from wherever it may infiltrate while abiding by three major principles: restoration of the anatomy, reconstruction and repair. The goal is always a conservative means of treatment, and the preservation of organ function.
Many surgeons are unable or unwilling to remove suspected endometriosis tissue from a variety of organs — not our Seckin Endometriosis Center surgeons. Our practice prides itself on our well-honed ability to suture tissue and reconstruct organs after removing suspected endometriosis lesions. Suturing skill under the guidance of a laparoscopic camera is arguably the most challenging aspect of endometriosis surgery and the hallmark of a skilled endometriosis surgeon. Without this skill, proper endometriosis surgery will not be accomplished. This is why we have taken the time and practice to master this technique, ensuring our patients' best shot at recovery with minimal complications.
Laparoscopic deep-excision surgery
Known as "the gold standard” for endometriosis surgery, laparoscopic deep-excision surgery combines the standard surgical GYN imaging technique of laparoscopy, with excision, a technique derived from the surgical removal of cancer, particularly breast cancer.
During laparoscopy, we make three to four incisions (about five millimeters each) into the abdomen. These small instruments allow us to make minor incisions, ensuring that there are nearly scarless results and we accomplish our goal of providing the most minimally invasive surgery possible.
An incision is made through the navel for the introduction of a laparoscope, a long thin tube with a light and camera attached to it. This allows us to examine the pelvic and abdominal cavity on high-quality video monitors.
The goal of excision surgery is to remove all diseased tissue in its entirety. Using a laparoscope for visualization, our surgeons can navigate the abdomen and pelvic cavity and then cut out suspected endometriosis lesions using cold excision scissors. This laparoscopic "deep excision" technique makes our surgical procedure very unique in two major ways.
"Deep-excision" and endometriosis lesions
Unlike fulguration and laser ablation, deep-excision surgery removes each suspected endometriosis lesion in its entirety. Picture an iceberg. While an iceberg appears to loom large above water, the majority of the solid lies below the surface. An endometriosis lesion can be thought of in the same way. Inexperienced surgeons perform techniques that will remove the "tip of the iceberg" of the disease, but leave the endometriosis lying underneath very much intact. This will cause persistent symptoms, infection to surrounding tissue and even further disease progression. That is why we stress the importance of “deep-excision” surgery, which means removing the lesion fully, including below the surface. We feel that this is the only way to truly guarantee the removal of each lesion, thus giving patients their best chance of symptom relief and further spreading of the disease.
“Cold Excision” and pathology reports
We here at Seckin Endometriosis Center abide by a strict “cold excision” technique whenever we remove specific endometriosis lesions. We favor the method because excision surgery wholly excises endometriosis lesions — but that's not the only benefit. It also leaves the lesions intact, allowing for collection and further examination by pathologists. (The only real way to formally diagnose endometriosis and the severity of it is through a pathology report.) Many other surgeons use techniques such as fulguration and laser ablation, which use electricity and heat to destroy the endometriosis. This, we believe, is a flawed method for several reasons. Not only is healthy tissue harmed, but endometriosis lesions aren't entirely removed, and are destroyed which prevents pathology from collecting the specimens and issuing a pathology report. We feel that every endometriosis patient deserves to have an extensive surgical case review, and a large component of this is a pathology report.
Another unique aspect of our excision surgery procedure is our use of Aqua Blue Contrast (ABC). We patented this technique specifically for endometriosis patients. During surgery, we make a small incision into the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity), a common site for endometriosis to reside. We then fill this site with the ABC solution. The solution enhances the visibility of lesions that are difficult to see due to the intense brightness of the laparoscope light source. We often compare our use of contrast to that of stars in the sky. During the day these stars are not seen, even though they are still present. However, when the sun’s light disappears in the night, the stars are revealed. Similarly, our contrast does the same to eliminate laparoscopic glare, allowing the surgeon to discern endometriosis lesions otherwise not visible to the naked eye. Because of this, endometriosis that would go undetected during normal laparoscopic surgery can be identified and removed allowing our patients to see drastic results with symptom relief and lowering the chances of further endometriosis development.
No organ overlooked
Reproductive or not, endometriosis can affect a variety of organs and surgery for the disease is often a multi-specialty surgical event. As is often the case with Seckin Endometriosis Center's surgical patients, urologists, gastrointestinal specialists, and others, are all working together under the direction of the primary endometriosis surgeon, Dr. Tamer Seckin. Together, all specialists not only operate on specific organs but reconstruct them.
There are two surgical approaches to endometriosis: conservative and definitive surgery. We operate with a conservative surgery mindset first. In conservative surgery, organs, such as the ovaries, ureters, and bowel are not removed. Despite the preservation of these organs, the procedure is by no means a superficial surgery, as our Seckin Endometriosis Center surgeons make sure no endometriosis lesions are left behind. Conservative surgery is performed for all patients with well-recognized endometriosis lesions, fibrotic lesions and inflammatory locations where all abnormal peritoneum tissue is removed to provide patients with their highest chance of relief from symptoms.
In definitive surgery, what is defined as conservative is complemented with the removal of organs. A hysterectomy, which is a definitive means of treatment for diffuse adenomyosis, is an example of a definitive surgery. Removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), bowels, part of the bladder and reimplantation of the ureter, are all a part of definitive endometriosis surgery. While we always resort to conservative surgery, patients with adenomyosis (endometriosis within the uterus) and deeply infiltrating endometriosis should be aware that because of the likelihood of nerve involvement and corresponding symptoms of neuropathy, a definitive form of treatment is often necessary. These definitive surgeries are often multiple organ surgeries and are lengthier than conservative surgeries.
Robotic surgery is becoming a popular surgical option in the field of endometriosis. Although our surgeons are trained in robotics, we do not use robots as the machines are not precise enough for meticulous endometriosis surgery. The machines fall short of our high standards laparoscopic deep-excision surgical technique. Robots simply do not have the skill of our highly experienced surgeon’s hands, especially when coupled with customized equipment. Robotic surgery also makes more incisions, leading to a more invasive procedure, and more scarring than minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
For these reasons, we view robotics as “maximally invasive laparoscopic surgery.” In fact, of the hundreds of patients we operate on, a considerable percent are patients who have had robotic laparoscopic surgery in the past, only to have their symptoms recur. In other words, robotics may set a patient up for repeat surgeries. Here at the Seckin Endometriosis Center, we strive for your surgery with us to be your last, and we've found that by avoiding robotics, we can achieve the best, most permanent results.
Whether it be a lengthy delay to diagnosis or having to endure multiple surgeries, oftentimes, endometriosis patients have been through the wringer, which is why we treat each and every one of our patients with a tremendous amount of empathy. Post-op we take great care to make sure our patients have a guide to full recovery. We may complement surgery with recommendations for a pelvic recovery protocol, which may include pelvic floor exercises, regular diet, and even pain management, with diminished use of narcotics. We believe in an open door policy between doctor and patient both pre and post surgery.
What sets Seckin Endometriosis Center apart from other endometriosis surgical centers:
Meticulous reconstruction, repair, and restoration of every organ and its function that has been affected by endometriosis, thanks to our precise and meticulous tissue suturing ability.
Complete removal of each endometriosis lesion through “deep-excision.” Preservation of endometriosis specimens through “cold excision,” allowing for pathology to test each removed lesion.
Removal of all suspected endometriosis lesions that otherwise would be naked to the human eye, thanks to our patented Aqua Blue Contrast (ABC) technique.
No expense spared in high-quality imaging, ensuring the finest laparoscopy procedure.
An extensive medical staff on hand during your surgery
A conservative surgery approach to every case, in which we will provide patients with options, perform a thorough and meticulous excision surgery for endometriosis, and, finally, only perform definitive surgery techniques (such as a hysterectomy) in the rare instances when we see them being highly beneficial and have the patient’s consent and comfort.
A highly meticulous and sensitive surgery that would be incapable of accomplishing using robotics, due to our decades of expertise in the field.
Our office is located on 872 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10065. You may call us at (646) 960-3080 or have your case reviewed by clicking here.
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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.…
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!
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