How to schedule a surgical phone consult with the Seckin Endometriosis Center
(These instructions are for out of area and out of state new patients only. If you are a patient who lives in New York Area, please use the Local New Patient Instructions.)
This section outlines the steps needed for out of area patients traveling to New York to receive treatment from the Seckin Endometriosis Center. If you are interested in exploring this possibility further, follow the steps outlined below.
At SEC, we understand that traveling a long distance to have surgery with a doctor that you have not previously met can be difficult, even if it is the best decision. Some women are fortunate to have the support of their local physician and family, while others may not have that support, or may even encounter resistance. We welcome your questions because we want you to understand our medical practice and what we have to offer. We don't pretend to offer a quick fix that will immediately remedy all of your problems. Instead, we are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you. We have a proven track record of dealing with the types of medical problems you are facing.
We want to help you make a decision that is right for you. To get started, please follow the steps listed below. Also, please provide a copy of your previous medical records, especially a copy of all previous operative reports, including blood work or lab tests done in the last six months and (if available) color copies of any pictures taken during the procedures. In this way, we can begin the process needed to put you back on the path to health.
Steps to Arrange Surgery with the Seckin Endometriosis Center
Contact SEC either by
Internet: Complete and submit the Request a Surgical Consult Form, and SEC's Patient Coordinator, will call you within 48 hours (in the unlikely event you do not hear from her, the form may not have gone through; in this event, please call her).
SEC's Patient Coordinator will answer any questions you have about the practice and will walk you through the steps needed to set up an initial phone appointment with your surgeon.
Complete and return the Questionnaire.
Health History Questionaire >
Online Registration Form >
Notice of Privacy Practices >
Have your doctor send us a copy of your previous medical records, especially your previous operative reports, and color copies of any photos from any surgeries performed. Government regulations require they have a completed and signed Medical Release Form to send us your medical records. Download the Medical Release FormPDF, fill it out, sign it and send it. Your doctors will send a copy of your medical records directly to us. Once your records are received,
The SEC Coordinator will contact you to schedule a date and time for you to call the office and speak directly with your surgeon, Dr. Seckin about your case.
Speak with Dr. Seckin. This helps us understand your particular medical situation, and helps you to understand what we at SEC can offer as treatment options.
Speak with our Surgery Scheduler. If, after talking with our surgeon, you are interested in possibly coming out for surgery, we will arrange for you to speak with Kim, our Surgery Scheduler. She will provide you with information about the logistics of having surgery with Dr. Seckin, including potential surgery dates, your insurance coverage, hospitals, hotels, length of stay, etc.
Talk with Lucy, our in-office nurse, about the cost of your treatment.
Kim will arrange for Lucy to call you and discuss the cost of treatment. If needed, our Office has two different financing options available for patients.
Finalize surgery details with Kim, who will:
Confirm your surgery date
Schedule your pre-op and post-op visits
Provide contact information for hospitals and anesthesiologist
Help with other miscellaneous details
Make your flight and hotel arrangements (see below)
If you are flying in to see us, JFK is the closest airport (just 30 minutes away). La Guardia (LGA) and Newark - EWR Airports are other options.
If at any time you experience difficulties with the process, please call the office at 212-988-1444.
Making Travel Arrangements for Your Surgery
You can use your own travel agent, or book flight arrangements yourself; alternatively, you can find low-cost fares via the Internet. If you do book a flight online, the local airport codes are: (John F. Kennedy – JFK, Laguardia – LGA, Newark - EWR)
Out of state patients undergoing surgery usually stay for approximately nine days.
If your surgery is on a Thursday, you should plan on the following schedule:
Fly to NY on the prior Sunday
First pre-op appointment Monday (usually two hours)
If additional tests are needed, these will be scheduled on Tuesday
Second pre-op office appointment on Wednesday (allow two hours)
Surgery – Thursday
Post-op appointment – Monday
If your surgery date is on a day other than Thursday, you will still follow the same schedule of appointments (although the actual days of the week will be different).
Depending upon the type of surgery performed, patients usually need a day to a week of post-operative recovery before they are ready to fly home.
Make hotel arrangements ahead of time.
If you need to make arrangements for a rental car, this can be done through any of the major car rental companies.