Casey Reckman can hardly believe her luck. For years, Reckman, 38, struggled with infertility while her body silently battled endometriosis. She was asymptomatic as she went to endless fertility clinic appointments and endured multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF. But those days are long gone. Reckman is finally a mother of two, a daughter, aged 3 and a 1-month-old son. But she admits becoming a mom wouldn't have been possible without having endometriosis excision surgery with Dr. Tamer Seckin. "We are so grateful for the role you played in the process," Reckman wrote in a heartfelt thank you e-mail to Seckin Endometriosis Center.
But just five years ago, Reckman, who also battles with thrombophilia, a condition that increases the risk of blood clots, wondered whether or not her dream of motherhood would ever be realized. "I was struggling to have the first child, and I ended up at a fertility doctor who suspected that I might have the silent endometriosis or the asymptomatic endometriosis," she says. "He referred me to Dr. Seckin, and I had the first surgery with Dr. Seckin in November of 2013."
Surgery with Seckin lasted four hours, and multiple biopsies tested positive endometriosis. "It was all over the place," recalls Reckman. But the procedure proved to be fertility restoring. Eight months later, she welcomed a daughter. Still, Reckman and her husband felt as though their family wouldn't be complete without one more. They went back for two more IVF rounds, but they were unsuccessful—so Reckman booked another fertility-restoring surgery with Seckin in February 2017. That procedure, which was three years and three months after her first excision surgery lasted only 90 minutes and Seckin didn't find any endometriosis. "I did have some more inflammation in the other parts that they removed. Four months later, Reckman conceived and in March delivered a healthy 7-pound, 9-ounce baby boy. Now a family of four, Reckman says she has her hands full and doesn't plan on trying for baby no. 3
"This is the conclusion of a six-year process for us," says Reckman, "and we know that it could have taken even longer if we haven't been able to work with someone as skilled as Dr. Seckin and as dedicated to his patients as Dr. Seckin."I'm very grateful for the role that he played."