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The Center for Endometriosis Care (CEC) is a COEMIG-designated center of excellence in minimally invasive gynecology. The Center was founded by Laparoendoscopic excision and endometriosis pioneer Dr. Robert B. Albee, Jr. over two decades ago. It is led today by endometriosis expert and excision surgeon, CEC Medical Director Dr. Ken Sinervo. Our practice is based around four founding principles:
Recognizing subtle disease in all its manifestations;
Removing endometriosis from all areas, while preserving healthy tissue and organs;
Performing pathological examination on all excised tissue; and above all else -
Treating patients with respect and compassion as true partners in their care.
We were among the first tertiary referral centers specifically founded to focus on endometriosis and advanced surgical excision of the disease in patients of all ages from around the world. As the premiere center of excellence for gold standard treatment, we specialize in comprehensive Laparoscopic Excision – or as we have coined, “LAPEX.” The CEC considers it a privilege to serve the needs of all those in the endometriosis community and offers many services, including but not limited to:
And much more. Our singular, most critical focus is on healing and restoring quality of life in those affected by this disease. To that end, we have unique experience with and understanding of the far-reaching impact this disease has on affected shareholder’s lives, as members of our staff personally experienced endometriosis. There IS hope, and there ARE solutions available.
Endometriosis is a highly misunderstood illness which knows no socio-economic, religious or racial barriers. The disease has the capacity to exact immeasurable toll on every aspect of the health and well-being of approximately 176 million women and girls – and even rare males! – from every corner of the globe. Classically considered a disease of women and girls, endometriosis can affect menstruators and non-menstruators alike, as well as those post-hysterectomy and post-menopausal. Often trivialized as simply ‘killer cramps,’ the disease remains often ignored, largely overlooked, and incorrectly treated. The CEC seeks to change this by elevating endometriosis to a priority public health status and working hard to improve the quality of life of all those struggling with the disease through our gold standard surgical approach.
Often misdiagnosed and ineffectively treated, symptoms may persist on a chronic basis – often because endometriosis is rarely treated through the meticulous LAPEX procedure we have been performing here for decades across thousands of cases from every corner of the world. Such incomplete treatment results from even well-meaning physicians who do not recognize endometriosis in all forms or otherwise fail remove it in its entirety, leaving deep disease – along with painful symptoms and pathology - behind. Most patients who come to us have received prior, failed therapies. Suppressive medications and hysterectomy are often recommended as ‘cures’ – which of course they are not. We believe the key to success is removing disease, not organs. While hysterectomy has a place in endometriosis treatment for specific cases, it should never be considered as a first line option. For more information, check out our comprehensive fact sheet here: http://www.centerforendometriosiscare.com/understanding-endometriosis.
Surgical excision is the cornerstone of effective therapy for this disease. Through quality surgery, disease truly can be removed and debulked; allowing the patient’s own adjuncts (e.g. physical therapy, diet/nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, etc.) to be most effective and ensure maximum outcome. LAPEX is the gold standard for the definitive treatment of endometriosis, but is unfortunately practiced by only a few accredited, advanced gynecologic-endoscopic surgeons in the world. Our award-winning staff is among the few in the world who are Board Certified and accredited as such. Excision requires highly advanced surgical expertise and commands intense training on the part of the practitioner, as well as a complete and thorough (and accurate) understanding of endometriosis etiology, pathophysiology, sequela and far-reaching consequences. Above all, genuine compassion for those who battle this insidious illness must be present, and this is what we strive for here at the CEC every day. True recurrence of disease is actually quite low when it is thoroughly and meticulously excised from all locations. Through the LAPEX approach, those struggling with endometriosis, in all ages and stages of disease, have an excellent chance of being pain-free for the long-term, with minimal chance of recurrent or persistent symptoms.
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