Ten years ago, today, I had surgery with Dr. Ceana Nezhat. Ten years of being pain free, something I thought was impossible! That is a miracle, and Dr. Nezhat is a gift from God. This is my story.
I started having “stomach” issues in 4th grade. From then until I was 18, I had tests to see if I had ulcers anything that would give the doctors an idea as to why I had stomach pain. I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, irritable bowel syndrome, etc… At 18, my PCP told me he thought I had endometriosis and sent me to my OBGyn. Nothing more was mentioned of endometriosis for the next 4 years. In 1999, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and put on birth control pills. In January of 2000, I had my first of 7 surgeries. This one was to lance the cysts and at that time the endo was discovered. I was told it was mild, yet it was on my intestines which is why I had digestive issues. After that surgery, I was told I would have no more problems. That was wrong in so many ways. Starting in 2000, I was put on several different bcp and hormone medications. The worst being from a doctor at a well-known clinic who put me on depo Provera shots and activella pills at the same time. I thought I was going crazy.
These are the surgeries I have had:
*2000 – laparoscopy – discovered endometriosis and removed my appendix
*2001 – June laparoscopy to excise endo, July- oophorectomy of my right ovary and fallopian tube
*2002 – laparoscopy
*2003 – laparoscopy
*2005 – hysterectomy at the age of 28
*2007 – surgery with Dr. Nezhat
Up until I had met with Dr. Nezhat, each doctor I saw told me the pain was in my head and that there was no way the endometriosis had come back – it was impossible. Each surgery revealed not only endo, but worsening endometriosis that was destroying my ovaries and overall heath. Instead of trying to fix it, I was put on anxiety medication, hormones, and told to do pelvic floor exercises.
When I spoke to Dr. Nezhat (before ever meeting with him), he diagnosed me as having an ovarian remnant. Something no one had mentioned previously. He did some tests and had a plan ready the first time I met with him. The surgery with him was 4 hours long and he told my mom that I had “trash” left behind from previous surgeries. Since then, he still gets very upset when he talks about my past, but is the most compassionate, caring doctor I have ever seen. He is very thorough as well. I see him about 2 times a year to get my hormone implant, and he takes his time to talk to me about any questions or concerns I may have. He and Angela know that I am a huge worrier, but they don’t hold that against me. They are both very patient and reassuring and are always only a phone call away.
Since first meeting with Dr. Nezhat, I am a different person. I am happily married and more confident in myself and full of joy. Ten years ago, my life without pain began. I am continually humbled, amazed, and beyond thankful that God led me to Dr. Nezhat. Though, he won’t admit it, in my opinion he is the greatest doctor in the world. I have been to many who had god-complexes and didn’t care about their patients. Dr. Nezhat is the exact opposite. He is a very compassionate and knowledgeable doctor who is determined to fight endometriosis until it no longer exists. The world needs more doctors like him.
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Dr. Nezhat quite literally saved my life. He is one of the best doctors on the planet. People like me come from all over the United States for the honor of being one of his patients. I have referred over a dozen people to Ceana Nezhat – and every one of them has thanked me over and over again for the referral. If you’re looking for advanced care with a doctor and staff who listens and pays attention to detail, Dr. Nezhat is the best there is.
Dear Dr. Nezhat, I appreciate the great care you and your staff have given me. I feel I have received the best individually tailored care possible. The kindness, concern, and care you and your staff showed put my mind at ease. I felt I was treated as a person.
Thank you for personally calling me with the results of the biopsies. Your knowledge, skills, and individualized patient care makes you truly a great doctor, an expert in every aspect of patient care! Thank you again for all of the great care. I truly appreciate your skill and knowledge. I am very thankful you accepted me as your patient!
Dear Dr. Nezhat, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for taking care of Lauren. One of the things that I so admire about you is your dedication to every detail and your concern to make sure every patient gets the best care possible. Besides the fact that no one equals (please don’t tell the other doctors I said this, although I think they would agree) your skill, experience, and ability. It was an honor to work with you years ago and watch your perfection and the way you treat every patient, just the way anyone would want for a family member or if they were having surgery.
Also, everyone in your office was so kind and caring. Angela has a heart of gold. Mary Ann’s follow up and concern to get us in was above and beyond. The girls at the desk were so positive and helpful.
Lauren says she is doing her best and is going to do everything you said to try to get better and hopefully that gets rid of her pain.
I wish you and your staff and family the best in 2017 and thank you again for being the Dr you are and the extraordinary excellence you provide to all your patients and to her.
This is a note of appreciation to the team in Nezhat Medical Center who attended to me pre and post-surgery. I am most thankful to Dr. Ceana Nezhat for his patience, he’s sound medical advice and for his care pre and post-surgery. I thank God for creating such a wonderful man with such vast knowledge in the field of minimally invasive surgery.
I have had severe period pains and bleeding for over 20 years, I was diagnosed with multiple fibroids in 2004 but the doctors always ask 2 questions;
- Are you married?
- Are you planning on having kids anytime soon?
Since am not married and I have strong family values and Christian belief in having kids during wedlock, I did nothing about the fibroid but was always conducting pelvic scan every year to assess the size of the fibroid.
In 5 years, the fibroids grew 2ce its size and the pain got worse. In 2015, I decided to do something about it but had no clue which hospital or surgeon would perform the surgery. One thing I made up my mind on was I was not going to have the surgery in the United Kingdom.
I made a few calls to some medical centers in New York, California, Texas and Atlanta but what touched me was the warm reception I got from Dr. Nezhat assistant MaryAnn Bumgardner, she was warm, soft spoken, compassionate and she understood my fears and concerns because like myself she was also once a victim of my circumstance. God Bless her heart.
Subject to my research done on Nezhat Medical Centre, Dr. Ceana Nezhat and my conversations with MaryAnn, I made up my mind I was going to have the surgery done in Atlanta and Dr. Ceana Nezhat was going to perform the surgery.
As an outpatient, life was made easy and I was put through the procedures pre and post-surgery. Instructions and preparation for surgery was easily spelt out, location to the hospital (Northside Hospital) was also provided by Dr. Ceana’s medical team. His team were professional and gave excellent medical services.
My surgery took 7 hours and I can remember Dr. Nezhat saying to me when I woke up in the recovery room “You did real good”. “You will have beautiful babies”.
During the surgery, asides the multiple fibroids inside and outside my uterus, I also had endometriosis which was corrected by Dr. Ceana.
Post-surgery recovery process was not as painful as I thought and this was because I followed the Doctor’s instructions. The post surgery examination was with positive news. Am currently doing great, my stomach size has reduced drastically, I feel look and great. My period is regular as usual and the period pain has reduce to a large extent.
Once again on behalf of myself and my family, I say a very big thank you to Dr Ceana. Am glad I made the right choice and looking forward to seeing you when I start having babies.
Dear Dr. Nezhat and team,
I cannot thank you enough for your expertise, unique caring and concern for your patients. My mother, daughter and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
As you know, I have been coming to your office for years since moving to Atlanta in 1995, at my mother’s urging, as you have been her Doctor for years. You performed my hysterectomy several years ago and continue to help me 3 times a year with my hormone replacement, dramatically changing my life to a normal one that I can now enjoy.
Now that I have moved to Florida, I still make it a point to come to your office 2-3 times each year for my GYN health checks and hormones. No other doctor I have been to shows the care and concern for patients that you and your highly trained team do on a daily basis.
This past year, my 23-year-old daughter has had severe abdominal pain. She has been in and out of emergency rooms for the pain, seen multiple specialists in Athens where she is going to school, resulting in many pain pills, a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, many tests, and little resolution. Each time I visited her I could see the joy for life draining from her eyes.
A few weeks ago, my daughter’s boyfriend called me with my daughter screaming in pain in the background. Out of desperation I called your office, after normal work hours around 10 pm, for some sort of advice or direction on what we could do next. You returned my call immediately with a plan of attack for the very next morning and brought in two additional specialists, one in General Surgery and a Rheumatologist, to try to discover her pain issue. Since her surgery that week, she is feeling so much better. The joy for life is coming back into her voice. We are hoping that she will continue to be pain free and she can enjoy her young life, as a 23 year old should.
Thank you for helping us. Again, I cannot thank you enough.