Thanks to Dr. Seckin and his team, I am pain-free and able to return to work

I am writing this so that others in a similar situation could find hope that doctors like Dr. Seckin are available to help them with this disease. Thanks to Dr. Seckin and his team, I am pain free and able to return to work. I am so grateful to Dr. Seckin for giving me back my life. My only regret is not finding him sooner.

My life restarted when I met Dr. Tamer Seckin. He is a miracle worker!  For the past 10 years I have had excruciating pain with Stage IV endometriosis. By the age of 37, I was consulting with a fertility specialist, urologist, neurologist and gastroenterologist. Over the years, endometriosis blocked my right ureter. I have had over 10 outpatient surgeries to have stents inserted in the hope of saving my kidney.  My urologist recommended a nephrectomy.  More recently, the endometriosis attached to my rectum, which caused frequent and painful bowel movements.  A nerve was also affected, resulting in numbness and debilitating pain in my right thigh. I have had 4 laparoscopies to address the endometriosis but the pain would recur after a few months. A hysterectomy was recommended.

I researched my condition several times and examined findings from research journals that discussed patients with similar problems who had endometriosis. I made futile efforts to present my newly arising and worsening symptoms and findings from research journals to my doctors but I was dismissed. My fertility specialist did not acknowledge the connection with endometriosis, which I believed was the case because my symptoms would reappear on a monthly basis. Without this connection, my other specialists were working independently, relying on test results (catscans, MRIs, colonoscopy, EMG, etc.), which were negative. After a recent emergency room visit, numerous negative test results and a recommendation for pain management, I felt frustrated and helpless. I am a clinical psychologist and was forced to take medical leave from the hospital and had to fast to get through my workday in order to keep my private practice because the pain when I ate was unbearable.

My frustration led me to research for an endometriosis specialist and, fortunately, I found Dr. Seckin. He and his team of surgeons took the time to listen to my symptoms and make sense of them physiologically. I felt understood. I felt comforted by the fact that I was in the hands of such experienced surgeons and I appreciated their candor with me about my case and the measures to help correct it. Dr. Seckin mentioned that I am in his top 10 for patients with intricate problems due to endometriosis.  I had a nerve problem with pain in my leg, which, if removed, could leave it numb. There was also the possibility of both a ureter and colon resection. Endometriosis had built up on my pelvic wall and I also had fibroids and a hernia from former surgeries.

After an 8-hour surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital with Dr. Seckin and his team of two advanced surgeons, the endometriosis was successfully removed without doing resections or severing my nerves. My visit to Dr. Seckin let me know that hope is available and removing a kidney or having a hysterectomy were not options for him at all. I am writing this so that others in a similar situation could find hope that doctors like Dr. Seckin are available to help them with this disease. Thanks to Dr. Seckin and his team, I am pain-free and able to return to work. I am so grateful to Dr. Seckin for giving me back my life. My only regret is not finding him sooner.

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  • Winnie Chan

    I’ve seen many obgyns over the years explaining my monthly symptoms during my period...but eventually it became a daily struggle with these pain. It feels like a poke here and there near my right pelvic region. I was given birth control pills for the past ten years but honestly, it didn’t help at all. I was in bed whenever I…

  • Rachel Grobman

    Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to…

  • Esin Kocabiyik

    I was there for hysterectomy but then I found out that I also had endometriosis.My both surgeries went excellent and I feel great!.I am so thankful to Dr.Seckin and all his team for making my journey smooth!

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    I am a physician who suffered from deep infiltrative endometriosis. I needed laparoscopic surgery, so I went to see my former gynaecologist and he performed the procedure (a surgery which he supposedly does hundreds of times a year) last November. I had severe pain again when I had my period in January and was advised to go on taking a…

  • Grace Larsen

    After years of excessively painful periods, a serious loss of quality of life, and a series of uninformed and uninterested doctors, Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein turned my life around. I was told I woke up from my surgery almost a year ago with a smile on my face, and I haven't stopped since. Before I heard of Dr. Seckin,…

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  • Jacqueline Galindo

    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.…

  • Anna Lu

    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!