Thanks so much for taking care of me

I haven’t had any endo symptoms, and I dismissed any painful periods figuring they were normal, and there is nothing that a couple of Tylenols would not fix. Whenever I had abdominal cramping, I would write it off to Crohn’s, something I was used to as I have been suffering from Crohn’s for 20+ years. In my effort to improve…

We have been trying to have our first baby for the last 4.5 years, and after 6 IUIs, 5 IVFs, 2 FETs we had 3 early losses and an ectopic to show for it. We have been through hell and back, and yet the word “endo” was never on my horizon. We were told that our fertility issues were linked to my abnormal immune activation (I have Crohn’s and Hashimoto’s), as my immune system destroys the embryos as if they were some cancer or virus. I changed fertility clinics, and went through 3 Reproductive Immunologists. After a very extensive testing, the last RI suggested that based on my HLA markers, I was predisposed to a wide range of autoimmune disorders, including endometriosis. I was told that I needed a lap to rule out or treat ”silent” endo, before moving on to our next IVF, as endo might negatively impact egg quality (which is already a problem at 38).

I haven’t had any endo symptoms, and I dismissed any painful periods figuring they were normal, and there is nothing that a couple of Tylenols would not fix. Whenever I had abdominal cramping, I would write it off to Crohn’s, something I was used to as I have been suffering from Crohn’s for 20+ years. In my effort to improve our chances to have a baby, even though I was not symptomatic for endo, I decided to do a lap, and I wanted it as soon as possible so we could continue our fertility journey.

I was referred to a couple of specialists who perform endo laps, and after learning more about my options, I decided to go with the best, Dr.Seckin. I knew that even if I didn’t have endo, it would not be an easy procedure because of Crohn’s (adhesions, fistulas, inflammation). My initial consult with Dr. Seckin went great, he took down my history and sent me for an MRI, to better understand what he would be facing once he gets inside. Once my MRI report became available, Dr.Seckin advised not to rush in, and sent me for a consult to a colorectal surgeon who assists Dr.Seckin in some complex cases. I met with the other surgeon and we discussed a possibility of doing a bowel resection or strictureplasty while I was under anesthesia for the lap.

Since this was already late October, there were not that many options when both surgeons had availability, between the upcoming holidays and previously scheduled procedures. The office staff, Kim and Lucy, were super helpful and accommodating, and helped me get all necessary approvals and paperwork for the surgery. Finally, a day for the surgery was picked for early December, and we made our arrangements with that date in mind. When my surgery was in danger of being cancelled due to some logistical issue like OR availability, both doctors made it work by moving my surgery a day earlier, which was not a OR day for either of them, but they made it work for me, for which I am grateful immensely.

Surgery went great, mild endo was excised from ovaries and outside uterus, an intrauterine polyp was removed, and some special suspension stitches were temporarily put in (I joked that I had my own art installation inside, with floating ovaries). I had to stay overnight in the hospital for observation, and went home the following afternoon. My bowel issues were not addressed as the endo excision itself took almost 3 hours, and the surgeons decided not to do any additional surgery to avoid possible complications, I would have to have the GI work done at another time.

At my follow up appointment with Dr.Seckin 2 weeks later, we discussed the findings (he excised and sent to pathology 10 tissue samples, and most of them were confirmed as endo), and he told me that it was a tough case with all the Crohn’s adhesions in the way. I ended up having 5 incisions - the conventional belly button entrance was not usable as my fused bowels got in the way and it was impossible to separate them, but all incisions are healing nicely.

I am very happy with the easy recovery, and I cannot wait to re-test my inflammation levels post-lap and see the outcome of my next IVF. More to come J

Thanks so much again, Dr.Seckin, for your attention, care, skill, specially trained scanner eyes and high-precision hands!

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  • 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…