Testimonials

Dr. Kanayama,
I hope all is well with you during this time of year! It has been about 3 months since my surgery, and I have never felt this great in a very long time! You ARE a miracle worker! I can not thank you enough for all you've done for me. I will actually be able to enjoy this year PAIN FREE!! It also means alot to me that Sabrina is willing to help my family and I fight the insurance company to get our money back. If only there were more doctors out there like you, we would all be so much better then. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for changing my life around for the better and giving me my life back. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Love,

Brandi

My name is Fran Vandewater and the following commentary is based on my personal experience:

I am currently 44 years of age and have been suffering from endometriosis since I was 17. Over time I have endured numerous surgeries for ovarian cysts, a C-section, tubal ligation, etc. Each time I underwent surgery it would exacerbate the scar tissue and the endometriosis.

I consulted with several gynecologists and surgeons during my 27 years of suffering with each one suggesting I take birth control, Lupron injections, hormone supplements, etc. The endometriosis had gotten so bad that it actually traveled through the lining of the stomach wall. Two surgeons concurred that it was in my best interest to take Lupron injections rather than have surgery. I was told that my stomach would be disfigured and you would see the disfigurement thru my clothing. Needless to say, this frightened me. I thought to myself, "What alternative do I have?"

That being said, I went back to my ob/gyn and began receiving monthly injections of Lupron. Ladies, I urge you to think very carefully before taking Lupron injections as a course of treatment for endometriosis. It is a wicked drug with a magnitude of severe and debilitating side effects with little to no positive health benefits. Simply put, I feel that Lupron is a form of torture. I urge you to consult with other women who have taken such injections, as well as researching the drug and its side effects!

In September of 2009, I decided that I had suffered long enough. I was fed up with severely painful menses, bleeding through my clothing, migraines, back aches, etc. The endometriosis had interfered with my quality of life for far too long. The time had come for me to do something about my medical condition. I concluded that I was not going to allow this disease to control me or my lifestyle any longer. I had to take control of my health so that I could enjoy quality of life.

Just like many of you, I "Googled" endometriosis. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a specialist who was potentially capable of restoring my health. I reviewed the benefits of the surgical procedure and the credentials of Dr. Kanayama. I was most impressed with his educational background and residency training at Mayo Clinic. Could Dr. Kanayama really help? It was time for me to schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Kanayama.

The moment my husband and I entered Dr. Kanayama's office we had a positive feeling. We were impressed with his staff and office procedures. It was clear that the office was well managed and that all patients were of the utmost importance.

Dr. Kanayama did not rush through my consultation. Together, the three of us reviewed my past medical records. Dr. Kanayama asked various questions regarding my past history and present symptoms. He also performed an internal examination at which point he confirmed that I did, in fact, have Stage 3 endometriosis. My husband and I were very impressed by the time, care and concern that was extended to me. I was finally able to receive sound medical responses to the many questions I had. Not only did all of the answers make sense, but they all added up. Finally, I had a complete understanding of what I had, why I had it and what could be done to remedy it. Speaking with Dr. Kanayama gave me a strong sense of knowledge and understanding of my own body. He understood what I was saying and how I felt. It was at that moment that I knew I had to go forward ... I had to have Dr. Kanayama perform laparoscopic surgery on me. Not only did I want it done but I wanted it performed as soon as possible. My husband and I were informed that the procedure would be performed at Greenwich Hospital, Yale New Haven Health. Dr. Kanayama said that Greenwich Hospital was where he performed these surgeries and that this is where his team was. Dr. Kanayama trained his team utilizing the Mayo Clinic theories. Every patient is special and their care is of the utmost importance.

While speaking with Dr. Kanayama at my first post-operative appointment, I told him that I now refer to him as "Dr. God." He graciously smiled and said, "I am not God, I am one of God's instruments." Dr. Kanayama had warned me that I may have some pain and discomfort but that he would provide me with pain medicine. I am happy to report that I really did not suffer from pain. I did, however, have some discomfort but nothing that even required me taking two Tylenol.

Earlier I inquired as to whether or not Dr. Kanayama could really help. Well, now I know for certain... Dr. Kanayama has cured my Stage 3 of 4 endometriosis. There is no need to suffer any longer ladies. Dr. Kanayama can give you high-quality care that you so deserve. Dr. Kanayama's expertise in laparoscopic endometrial surgery has contributed immeasurably to the wellness of my health today. Schedule a consultation for yourself... you'll be extremely grateful that you did.

Fran Vandewater

There have been so many times that I have sat down to write this letter, but I still can't seem to find the words to thank Dr. Kanayama for everything he has done for me. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about how he has changed my life and how grateful I am for having the opportunity to be one of his patients. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. There are not many people out there that have suffered from this condition and can say that they are one of the lucky ones. So many women are going from doctor to doctor, surgery to surgery and trying every type of medication out there to find relief from endometriosis. Every day I think of all the women out there, all the ones that are suffering. Some of them do not even know they have this condition because no one is willing to listen to them. It saddens me to think that there are so many people out there that are suffering from this disease; from the physical pain to the emotional pain that it causes. It just baffles me that there is a proper way to treat endometriosis, yet so many people out there are either being misdiagnosed, unheard or treated in a manner that does not alleviate the effects of this condition. I can't understand why so many doctors burry their heads when it comes to endometriosis; however, I am so thankful for Dr. Kanayama's determination in finding a way to treat it.

In November of 2007 I had the surgery that changed my life. Finally, for the first time in years I felt like myself again. Everything went away from the abdominal pain, the fatigue to the headaches. It was amazing just to be able to stay up at night and watch a movie with my husband without struggling to stay awake. However, there was still one part of my journey that I wanted to complete and that was having a baby. After struggling with the decision on how to go about conceiving a child, my husband and I decided to have some embryos implanted that we had frozen prior to my surgery with Dr. Kanayama. After discussing my plan with Dr. Kanayama he felt that if I had the embryos implanted that it was best if I went to a doctor that had a strong background in endometriosis. Dr. Kanayama referred me to his friend Dr. Mukherjee at RMA in New York City. After my first frozen IVF attempt I was pregnant. Dr. Mukherjee called Dr. Kanayama to tell him the good news. Sabrina then called to congratulate me and said that Dr. Kanayama would like to follow my pregnancy as well and to make an appointment with him. I can remember the day like it was yesterday. I was six weeks pregnant and went to see Dr. Kanayama. I was so nervous, as this ultrasound would determine if this was a viable pregnancy and for me this is where everything went downhill during my first pregnancy. Dr. Kanayama could see how nervous I was. He looked at me and told me that this time it would be different since the endometriosis had been treated and would not affect the pregnancy. Low and behold a few minutes later two heartbeats appeared on the screen. That was one of the happiest moments in my life. It was hard for my husband and I to relax during this pregnancy. After losing our first pregnancy and all the years of disappointment in trying to conceive, we had this fear that that something bad would happen and we would be disappointed again. Dr. Kanayama could sense our nervousness and saw us every two weeks for the first couple of months to ease our minds. He also wanted to make sure that we were settled in and comfortable with the new team of doctors that would monitor my pregnancy and deliver our babies. We were also very nervous to put the care of our babies' into someone else's hand as we had become very accustomed to the level of care we had received from Dr. Kanayama and Dr. Murkherjee. We ended up going to Maternal Fetal Medicine in New York City for the duration of my pregnancy, a place recommend by both doctors and featured in the Oprah magazine. On December 10, 2008 we delivered the boys at 37 plus weeks via c-section. We had informed my doctor of my prior surgery with Dr. Kanayama and my history of endometriosis. During the c-section my doctor actually took my entire uterus out. He told me that he was amazed at how well my endometriosis surgery went. He said there was absolutely no evidence of me ever having endometriosis, let alone stage four. He was absolutely stunned and said it looked like a brand new uterus. He was so impressed that he told the doctors at his practice what a wonderful job Dr. Kanayama did and how amazed he was that after examining my insides during the c-section, that there was no evidence of me ever having endometriosis.

I truly believe that if it was not for Dr. Kanayama my pregnancy would not have been a success and I would have continued to have miscarriage after miscarriage like many other endometriosis patient s. Every day I look at my two healthy boys and I am so thankful I decided to make that call to Dr. Kanayama's office back in October of 2007. When I made that call and Sabrina picked up the phone I knew I was in the right place. I really appreciate all the help Sabrina has given me throughout my entire experience at Dr. Kanayama's practice, from answering my questions to helping me handle my insurance claims and rooting for me on my journey to becoming a parent. After all the years of struggling with infertility and the loss of my first pregnancy, I had almost lost all hope that I would ever become a mother. I am one of those people that believes that everything happens for a reason, so when I was struggling with my infertility I could not understand why I was not able to get pregnant. Looking back I now know that if I had been able to get pregnant before my surgery with Dr. Kanayama I would not have been able to be the mother that I am now. The abdominal pain, the fatigue and the headaches would have taken away from the joys of being a new mom. Never did I ever imagine that the phone call I made one afternoon in October of 2007 would change my life completely. I truly feel blessed to have been under the care by some of the best doctors out there. I am so thankful for everything Dr. Kanayama has done for me and for the care I have received from other doctors based on recommendations through him. He truly has your best interest at heart both inside and outside his office. Thanks a million times!

Danielle

I have been truly blessed to be under the care of Dr. Kanayama. I had many ovarian cysts along with level four endometriosis. We had tried for 3 1/2 years to get pregnant, and I had already gone through one surgery with no success. My husband and I were beginning to come to the realization that we might never be able to have children until we came across Dr. Kanayama.

As soon as we walked into the office door Sabrina, the office manager, greeted us. Her smile and generous welcome made me feel comfortable right away and after my consultation and exam with Dr. Kanayama I knew that we were in the best hands possible. From beginning to end we always felt our situation was important to Dr. Kanayama and Sabrina, I didn't feel like another patient number or statistic.

We had the surgery on a Thursday and it was performed at Greenwich hospital, which was one of the nicest hospitals I have ever been to. After the surgery I felt quite confident that all the endometriosis was gone and sure enough the first chance that were able to try, I got pregnant!! I am now over 3 months pregnant with a healthy baby and feel great. Thank you Dr. Kanayama you really are an instrument in changing people's lives forever.

Kathryn (KC) Woodward

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

I don't know where to begin. As you know, my endometriosis story is long and complex. Over the course of a year and a half, I had four emergency room visits and diagnoses from kidney stones to irritable bowel syndrome to "the tests show nothing is wrong". I have had the worst pain ever. Then one day in August 2006 I was given your name by a complete stranger. That day my life changed for the better.

My first appointment with you was the most informative, helpful, compassionate experience I ever had in a doctor's office because of you and your staff. I was overwhelmed and confused at hearing my diagnosis and angry no doctor diagnosed me sooner. I cried. I cried because I finally had an answer to what was happening to me and relieved it wasn't "all in my head". You validated me.

In September 2006, I had the surgery that not only cured my pain, but actually saved my life. I know you were not expecting me to be bleeding internally from a major vein because the endometriosis had eaten a hole in it and right on the spot you had to repair it. And that was just one of the many things you had to repair inside of me.I knew I was in skilled hands. (The nurses at Greenwich Hospital also spoke highly of you and the nurses always know the truth about the doctors. My whole experience at Greenwich Hospital was wonderful.)

It has been nine months since the surgery and I consider myself blessed to have found you. I am taking one day at a time with this disease, and like you said "not to worry, I will do the worrying for you". I feel comforted knowing I have a doctor like you who cares and monitors me regularly.

I tell every woman I know about you!

Thank you for all you did for me and for many women.

Carolyn Frazier

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

Thank you so much for taking excellent care of me during surgery last week. Your gentleness and sense of humor helped ease the situation- and your team at Greenwich Hospital set a warm and caring tone for both me and my families stay. Your skill and expertise are unmatched!!!! Many Many Thanks

Stevie

I am 24 years old and have been married for 4 years. I have gone through a lot just to get pregnant. I've been to so many doctors who would just look at me like a number. None of them cared. They would all say "everything is okay" but I know my body and I knew everything was not okay. That answer would leave me so unhappy and so confused. One doctor told me that he needed to cut my belly open to tell me what was really going on. I did not feel comfortable with him at all and knew that there was someone special out there who can truly diagnosis me and help me with my health issues. My uncle (who is a physician himself) suggested that I go to see Dr. Kanayama. After meeting with Dr. Kanayama I finally felt blessed. During my first visit, I thanked God for giving him such a gift. He is a Genius :) He told me that I had Endometriosis and that I needed surgery. Now that I finally knew the truth I was relieved. I felt safe and in good hands. This was the first time that I felt like I was being treated like a human being and not a number. The way he introduces himself to a patient is different, he is caring and careful, very different then the doctors I've encountered. Some of the ones I've encountered shouldn't even practice medicine they should be fixing cars. Dr. Kanayama made me feel so comfortable and it was an amazing feeling. He gave me hope that I will have a baby. He answered all my questions and all my concerns and addressed the Endometriosis. Dr. Kanayama is a very unique and gifted man. A big thank you to his staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are amazing and an incredible team. I am so glad I've met you. Surgery went well. I feel brand new. But the best news is that I am finally "PREGNANT". I am so happy my life is fulfilled.

Much thanks to Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, Greenwich hospital (5 stars). My words cannot thank you enough. I am a happy mom to be.

P.S. In my opinion, any women out there who is suffering from Endometriosis, the doctor to go see is Dr. Kanayama. Do Not Hesitate. He truly is the BEST."

N.C.

Around 4 years ago I stared having pain in my lower abdomen and lower back. The days were passing and the pain was getting worse. I went to my general Doctor and he suggested that I should see my gynecologist, so I went and the gynecology did not find anything wrong. The pain I felt would not allow me to sit comfortably or sleep. Weeks after I went to emergency room where they preformed an ultrasound and some blood test they found nothing an assumed that it was an infection. The pain would come and go for the next 3 years when I decided to change of gynecologist. The new doctors that I saw said that the pain was normal and it was caused by my menstrual cycle.

About 7 months ago the pain was getting worse and stared affecting my day to day. My new gynecologist had some ultrasounds preformed and found that I had cysts in my ovaries and possible endometriosis. I assumed that my pain was caused by the cyst, but the pain was becoming unbearable. I started researching cyst and endometriosis reading about other women's experiences with natural medicine, acupuncture, diets and surgery. I decided to try natural remedies and diet to no avail, until I found Dr Kanayama's web site. It was Saturday morning my husband called and left a message with Dr Kanayama's answering services and they called us back on Sunday and gave me a Friday appointment.

When I saw Dr Kanayama's he was able to immediately run some test and give me a diagnosis. He explained in detail the condition of my uterus, ovaries and endometriosis. My uterus had sifted over time because of the chocolate cyst that has been growing in my right ovary and endometriosis growing in my reproductive organs. He mentioned that surgery would be the best way to diagnose and treat endometriosis. After listening to the diagnosis I felt that I could trust Dr Kanayama's. What made me feel happiest was that he was going to reconstruct my reproductive organs so I can have the possibility to have children. I am only 25 years old to have all these issues and asked the Dr to perform the surgery as soon as possible he was able to perform the surgery the following Thursday.

The surgery was performed at Greenwich hospital Connecticut I was the first case of the day. The hospital staff was very attentive and supportive of how I felt and how I would get home. The hospital was immaculate and I am so glad that the Dr Kanayama performs his surgery's there. I am so happy and proud of the work the Dr has done.

On my post op visit with the Dr he informed me that I had endometriosis (stage 4) growing on my pelvis, bladder, intestines fallopian tubes and that I had a polyps in uterus also the cysts was growing over my ovary. For this to have grown so large the Dr said that I might have had this affecting me for the last 10 years. A month has gone by and I feel a million times better THANK YOU Dr Kanayama God bless you.

Thank you so much!

July Lopez

I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1992 after 2 LAPS 3 IVF cycles I became pregnant with my daughter in 2005. I had some embryos left so in 2007 I had them implanted, I became pregnant, and at 15 weeks I suffered a miscarriage. For many years I had lots of pain but just recently I started having fatigue extreme bloating and lots of constipation.

I started searching the internet for websites on Endo when I came across NY Endometriosis Center with Dr. Kanayama, after reading about him and the testimonials I called the office and the first person I was lucky enough to speak to was his office manager Sabrina who is truly a gem. She was very sympathetic to my situation she even asked if I wanted to speak to Dr. Kanayama. I was taken back because doctors usually do not speak to you unless you are their patient and even then it's hard to get them to talk to you. After speaking to him I knew God had answered my prayers, one thing that he told me that I had never heard before was that if you have Endo you should not have IVF because of all the hormones involved, unless you have a Laparoscopy to clean yourself out to avoid having miscarriages and have a better success rate, but usually his patients do not need to have IVF after having surgery because they are able to conceive on their own. I was really surprised especially since I had 3 cycles but I would not have changed anything in my life because I was blessed with my miracle child, and now I have been blessed with Dr. Kanayama.

I scheduled an appointment right away. At my first visit I had a pelvic, sono and labs done. He was then able to tell me I had severe Endo and I needed surgery ASAP. I had my surgery January 31, 2008. He was absolutely right I had stage 4 Endometriosis. I had it all around my bladder, colon, uterus and fallopian tubes. I'm one week post-op, so I'm still healing. The surgery went well no scars whatsoever, very tiny little incisions nothing like my other surgeries. Dr. Kanayama is truly a blessing. I owe him my life. If there is anyone out there suffering from this disease he is the person that will change your life forever.

Judy J.

I write this testimonial on behalf of Dr. Masahide Kanayama. I am a relatively new patient to his practice as he came highly recommended by the Endometriosis Association in Milwaukee. After careful examination, he was able to quickly diagnose me with late Stage 3 endometriosis and it was decided a laparoscopic surgery would be necessary as part of the treatment plan. My case was complex and I went in knowing little about the disease. Dr. Kanayama not only helped calm my fears but also took the time to educate me about my case and others like it. He explained every step to me along the way and put my worries at ease, giving me crucial confidence I needed to get through this procedure.

I appreciated how he and his staff treated me as an individual and not just another patient. Dr. Kanayama's bedside manner made the procedure and recovery period seem simple and comfortable. I am extremely thankful I am under his care because his treatment might possibly help my infertility problems as well. My experience with both the Doctor and his entire practice has been excellent to say the least. I thank his staff for making themselves easily accessible to me. I highly recommend this practice to any women with similar problems.

With best regards,

Cynthia DeMato

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ADDENDUM

June 18, 2007

I would like to add an addendum to my previous testimonial. As I mentioned, I was so thankful to find Dr. Kanayama: not only has he helped me with my complex case of endometriosis and rid me of pain, but I am also happy to say that I am now three months pregnant. My surgery with Dr. Kanayama was on January 4, 2007 and I got pregnant end of March beginning of April of the same year. That was only three months after my surgery. I was so surprised with the news of my pregnancy. My husband and I tried fertility methods and surgeries for four years.

The surprising aspect of this pregnancy is that it was done naturally with no fertility assistance except for Dr. Kanayama's successful surgery. We are blessed with our new pregnancy and blessed to have Dr. Kanayama in our lives.

Regards,

Cynthia DeMato

Hope all is well, and you guys are finding your way out of the snow. I first wanted to personally thank you for all your help that you have given me through this entire experience. When I was first was told about having to have the surgery by my original OB/GYN, I sought out for a second opinion from an expert in this disease. That's when I came across Dr Kanayama's office. When I called the office, Sabrina took the time to listen to my story and insisted that I get in as soon as possible. I thank you Sabrina for that because Dr. Kanayama found that I had severe stage III endometriosis. I had surgery on Dec. 23, and had complete bilateral ovarian reconstruction as well as my uterus, which from the surgical report the endometriosis had invaded everything. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and explain the need to get into a surgeon like Dr. Kanayama for appropriate care. The recovery has been long and tough, but I appreciate the time you have taken with me on the phone several times to console, as well as encourage that everything that I was feeling was appropriate.

Lindsay

Since I have the opportunity through this letter, I want to thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do for me. You have saved me in many ways- helped preserve my chances to have a family of my own and my quality of life. I am sure you are thanked regularly by the amount of letters and cards I see in your office each time I am in for an appt but, you truly deserve all the accolades you get and then some. I couldn't have come this far without you and your expertise. Your attention to detail, compassion during each visit and your knowledge is uncanny. Prior to seeing you, I was averaging 1-1 1/2 years between surgery to keep my endometriosis in control due to the standard surgical methods being used by previous doctors, but because of your techniques, I have been endometriosis free for 4 years. That in itself is a miracle based on my previous history. And, not to mention the fact that you are able to perform and solve issues through laparoscopic surgery that all others told me was impossible. Prior to meeting with you, my diagnosis was a hysterectomy (at the age of 26) and now because of you, 4 years later, I am in a situation where my reproductive system has been preserved and intact. never have I felt more confident in a doctors ability, care, knowledge, experience, expertise,compassion or treatment technique than I do with you. Thank God for a doctor like you.

Lisa

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

You chose to become a physician in order to help people, and made it your life's work.

It is a vitally important job, not an easy one, and carries heavy responsibilities balanced by the intangible rewards of the good you do.

Well, those intangible rewards just got a little more tangible.

We are proud to let you know that you have recently been honored by your patients with a Patients' Choice recognition.

This honor reflects the difference you've made in these peoples' lives through the exceptionally high praise granted to you by your patients.

Every month, more than 40,000 patients across the US provide online feedback about their experiences with their doctors. They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions.

Over the course of 2008, these reviews have totaled hundreds of thousands patient opinions. While physicians generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rare reviews across the board. Of those that receive rare reviews, only physicians like yourself - with near perfect scores - have been voted by their patients for this honor.

In fact, of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, less than 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2008.

You are, indeed, the Patients' Choice: one of the physicians most highly regarded by their patients.

This notation of your distinction as a Patients' Choice physician will be prominently displayed in your Profile on a broad collection of web site, including Vitals.com, Health.com and a variety of Managed Care sites. These web sites are viewed by more than 150,000 people on a daily basis.

Congratulations once again on this outstanding distinction.

Sincerely,

Erika Boyer - Vice President, Consumer Research

Dr. Kanayama,

I wonder if you truly realize what a blessing you are. I can't even begin to thank you enough for listening to me regarding my symptoms and pains. I have been struggling with this pain for almost 18 years now, would you believe that you are the first doctor out of all that I have seen that believed what I have been saying? I am so relieved to have found you and your practice!

After the exam was complete I was quite concerned about the 3 fibroids and the polyp and the endo... without missing a beat you so perfectly explained what we needed to do and started making the phone calls. You actually seemed concerned for me, what a gift, one I had not experienced before. Thank you. I can not tell you I am excited for the surgery on February 5, however, I am looking forward to getting this "mess" out of my body.

Having had both parents pass away from cancer I must tell you I am a bit concerned about the different things you have found in me. However, after my short time with you last week, I'd rather be with no other doctor than the best, you!

With all that being said, Dr. Kanayama, it is indeed a privilege and honor to be under your care!

All my trust I give to you! May God continue to do great and mighty things through your hands!

"I pray that He will bless you
for each thoughtful thing you do
And send reminders every day
Of His great love for you!"

Thanks so much!

Debbie Grady

After being told by my gynecologist that I needed surgery again for my Stage IV endometriosis, I set out to seek a second opinion.

That's when I found Dr. Kanayama.

My experience with Dr. Kanayama and his staff has been nothing short of wonderful. His skill at removing my extremely aggressive endometriosis and the basically "pain-free" was amazing. His staff at Greenwich Hospital is made up of some of the nicest poeple I have met in a long time in the medical field. I felt reassured being in the hands of caring, gentle people who did a perfect job.

My recovery from this surgery compared to my previous surgery with another doctor has been night and day! I could hardly believe a few days after surgery that I had actually been in the operating room for almost 5 hours.

I am so happy to have found Dr. Kanayama. He truly is heaven-sent and women with endometriosis are lucky to have their disease be his calling.

There may be no cure for endometriosis - but I am truly thankful for Dr. Kanayama and his awe-inspiring removal technique. It is allowing me to live my life again free of pain and I have almost forgotten that I even had Stage IV.

Thank you Dr. Kanayama for giving me a new life,

Isabelle Kuriata

Hello everyone! I had my surgery on Friday and have to say its been nothing short of miraculous! Every positive thing that has been said about Dr. K is true. The staff at the hospital told me that women come from all over the world to see him and now I know why. It is almost difficult to figure out what to do with yourself when the areas that you've had chronic pain for years are just pain free! The pain is GONE! I am still having a bit of post surgical pain, but nothing like I would be having if I had a hysterectomy!

The hospital is beautiful. Almost what hospitals used to be like years ago when patients really mattered and everyone got individualized attention. They put you in your own room while waiting for surgery. Its like a small hotel room with a bed, bathroom, chairs, television. They make you comfortable and get you ready to go in to pre op. At that point, the doctor and the anthestisiologist (I am sure I spelled that wrong!) come in and meet with you, answer any questions, etc. You are then wheeled in to surgery, made comfortable, put to sleep and wake up in recovery room. While you are in recovery, Dr. K goes in and meets with your family, He brings pictures of the procedure and explains everything he did and found, After about an hour or 2 you go back in to your room and you stay until you feel comfortable to go home. That could be several hours or overnight. I was there for about 10 hours and then felt comfortable to go home.

The first 2 days there is pain from the surgery because of the gas that they use to expand your abdomen, but then it starts to go away. I am on day three and I am up, trying to have a regular day. I will have to take it easy for the next two weeks but that is mostly because areas of my body that were moved around due to the endometriosis are now having to move back in to their normal positions. I am not having ANY pain in the areas where I was having severe chronic pain before the surgery. NONE! Amazing!

I will keep you all posted on my progress as the days go by.....please, if a gynecologist is recommending hysterectomy, get a second, third and 23rd opinion! It is NOT the cure for endometriosis! If anyone has difficulty accepting that fact, read from others who have had hysterectomies and still have pain. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus finds its way OUTSIDE of the uterus....removing the uterus makes no sense.

Let's be the voices of change for women and begin demanding that our doctors are TRAINED in the areas that we need them to be. Patients should not have to tell their doctors how to fix a problem! If thats the case, then healthcare costs need to come way down if I have to tell my doctor whats wrong with me. Maybe they need to start paying me for MY time! :-) There is a light at the end of this tunnel...there is a procedure that will take away the pain.....have hope! good luck!! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!!

Jolene

I learned that I had endometriosis after a series of clues were pieced together during my quest to become pregnant. The diagnosis was initially made by my reproductive endocrinologist via laparoscopy. It was suspected that I might have endometriosis from the history of severe menstrual cramps I had endured beginning as a teen, which were conveniently masked all the years I was on birth control to "fix" my periods. Things became more suspicious when I had an IUI cycle stopped because of polyps in the uterus and even more suspicious the next month when what looked to be a cyst was visible via ultrasound on one of my ovaries. After deciding to move forward with what my doctor and I thought would be exploratory surgery to rule out endo, it was found that I in fact had stage four endo. It was everywhere. I immediately started researching and went to see Dr. Kanayama.

Dr. Kanayama recommended advanced laparoscopy, excising the endo. I decided to move forward with the surgery. The surgery went very well - as estimated it took about four hours and I have been pleased with the results. I was sore and moving slowly for a few days, but far less so than with my first laparoscopy. I was easily able to fly home a few days later. My follow up appointment a month later went well and everything was healing nicely. My periods have since been much better - much more normal and we are currently in process for IVF.

Dr. Kanayama is an expert in his field and is also a compassionate doctor that takes time to thoroughly explain and discuss issues with his patients. His staff is also very professional - Sabrina is extremely helpful, diligent and kind in setting everything up, answering endless questions and working with insurance. Greenwich Hospital is also a top notch facility and I felt I received expert care there. I had a great experience with Dr. Kanayama and highly recommend him as well as this type of surgery if you are suffering from endo, as I believe it is the only real solution.

Sally

My experience with Dr. Kanayama’s office was very positive. I had previously seen another specialist, who implied, in no uncertain terms, that I had perpetuated my problems because of my lifestyle. While Dr. Kanayama emphasized that a lifestyle changes could help me with endometriosis, he was kind and compassionate and did not blame me for having this disease.

The consultations leading up to surgery were thorough, professional and reassuring. Dr. Kanayama was very open to questions, listening to my concerns and experience with open ears, without judgement. The office itself was helpful and supportive, and despite my occasional forgetfulness of an appointment or late arrival, I always felt welcome and happy to be returning for a consultation.

I was quite nervous for surgery. While it was a physically challenging process, emotionally I felt well taken care of. All the staff who worked with me, and there was a lot of staff , were kind, open to questions and patient. The staff at Greenwich Hospital was top notch – open to questions, friendly, positive, helpful and professional. It was, by far, the most positive health care experience I have had.

I am surprised by how much of a difference surgery has already made in my life. I feel much more stable, my acne has cleared up, my libido is back and I feel more in control of my health. My pain, including cramping and migraines, has significantly reduced. I realized after my surgery how many painkillers I was taking to get through the month. Today, I hardly take any. Although it has only been a few months since my surgery, I have great hopes that this will continue into the future.

I recommend Dr. Kanayama’s office highly. It is a comforting, welcoming place for women who have suffered for years without understand what is wrong.

Leah S.

By the time I had crossed the threshold of the NY Endometriosis Center, I had just about given up hope. Quickly, that changed. As I looked around the waiting room I saw award upon award to Dr. Kanayama - including Best Endometriosis Specialist 2005, 2005, 2007. My confidence was building.

I heard the Office Manager Sabrina talk with several patients and I could tell how empathetic she was; Sabrina routes and rallies for each patient - not only dealing with insurance companies to get the most coverage, but she genuinely cares how each patient is feeling. The waiting room was full of women actually smiling as they discussed Endo. Now I was optimistic. Now I was thinking that maybe there is a possibility I might be free from Endo after all these thirty years.

I had become desperate. I had become distressed. I had become despondent. Why? Because I'd tried everything to eliminate my Endo. Birth control pills, five previous laparoscopies from regular GYN's, Lupron injections for six months (horrible), continuous birth control pills, Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, hypnosis (like it was all in my head), visualization, and then, finally, a radical hysterectomy taking uterus, cervix, both tubes, both ovaries, and "removal of some Endo". If you heard that Endo is over after hysterectomy, it is absolutely incorrect. At this point I'm depressed and miserably in pain. I googled and found this fantastically apropos quote Dr. Kanayama had on his website:

"Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden. And I shall give you Rest." (Matthew, 11:3)

Bingo! I found the right doctor! Laparoscopy shows Endo Stage IV in abdominal cavity (which had just had Endo excised by eye, not through Dr. Kanayama's special tiny tube), Endo in my bowels and intestines too. He told me he could have saved my uterus, my ovaries, my everything. If only I had found him earlier, I would have gotten my life back years ago. It saddens me to think of all the events I could have attended, of only I had found this miracle-working Endo Specialist and my personal hero, Dr. Kanayama.

But that was then, this is now - two weeks post-op. And for the first time in thirty years of silently suffering I am finally able to say, "I am not in pain. I feel healthy." I will sing praises of Dr. Kanayama from here to eternity.

Regina S.

After years of fertility treatments and surgery, I found out about Dr. Kanayama on an endometriosis website. Dr. Kanayama was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining my condition and the surgical procedure. He showed compassion for my concerns and his staff was both diligent and thorough.

Greenwich Hospital was an exceptionally clean and comfortable facility, with a highly competent and caring staff. After many years of difficult and often dehumanizing medical experiences it was a revelation to receive such outstanding, compassionate and effective care. I kept thinking to myself, "This is the way medical treatment should be!"

To top it all off, my surgery was a great success! I have only the highest praise for Dr. Kanayama and his staff.

Tiekka Prieve

Dr. Kanayama,

This weekend is the first weekend that I was awoken from my sleep by the sun shining in through the window and I realized that 3 months post op and I am still feeling amazing and am able to enjoy the little things again that mean more to me than anything else in this world. Your expertise and skill has not only given me back my life but has put a big smile on my face. I wish that every Endo sufferer can recieve the same relief that I have received from you. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. I look forward to seeing you in 6 months and updating you with my progress. Finding You and The New York Endometriosis Center gives all us sufferers HOPE that we will one day be whole again. I also want to thank Sabrina, she has made this experience a pleasant one and is the perfect person to run your Center. Please send my best to your entire staff and I will be forever indebted to you for all you have done for me. I thank God for leading me to you. All my strength and love.

M.U.

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

Well, here they are! After months of surgery, recovery, Clomid, and a none too-easy pregnancy, our girls are here and thriving. We could never thank you enough for all your help bring these two little girls in the world. We"ll always remember what you did for us.

All the Best

M & S MacDonald

Dear Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, Greenwich Hospital, and All Others Part of the New York Endometriosis Center Family,

First and foremost, I want to say that this letter of thanks is long overdue. It has been nearly six months since being treated by Dr. Kanayama and my overall health has not been better. Although I am only 27 years old, my life did not begin until September 20th, 2008 - after I awoke from the laparoscopic excision surgery performed by Dr. Kanayama and his team. I am, by no means exaggerating the feelings I have just expressed, but I will eternally be grateful for having been under your care, Dr. Kanayama. Allow me to chronicle below my life before the care I received at the New York Endometriosis Center, and you will see for yourself the positive impact your care has made in my life.

For as long as I can remember, I have always experienced major pains and cramps since first starting my menstruation. For years, I went from doctor to doctor in hopes that someone would diagnose my condition with certainty and help me cope with my discomfort. I heard every remark, from "Its just cramps" to "Your pain is just in your head- let me refer your to a psychiatrist". The frustration, anger and sickness I felt impacted my days as a college student, forcing me to fail out of several courses and inevitably complete my degree requirements late.

One unfortunately evening, I was in a car accident. After a full body MRI, I was asked to get checked out by an OB-GYN since there appeared to be masses in my pelvic area, and my uterus seemed to have a slight deviation. After seeking out several doctors, I finally went on to an endocrinologist whom, after another MRI, told me it was suspected I had endometriosis, and therefore would start me on the Lupron therapy treatment immediately.

The challenges in my health after being on Lupron only worsened. The hot flashes were crazy, the excessively dry skin was uncomfortable, my joints hurt, my hair fell out, the insomnia had me addicted to Ambien, and the weight gain was the final blow to my overall state of existence. The temporary suspension of my period was perhaps the only positive thing that surfaced from the Lupron therapy, for the side effects of this drug in treating my then "suspected" endometriosis was far worse than my "suspected" disease. Not only was my life impacted on a physiological level, but the manner in which I related to others was affected as well. I was this awkward, some-what reclusive, overly hormonal, rapidly aging young adult. I focused solely on working, since I could not control my health and did not care much about socializing- because lets face it- what is life without health? At least, I thought, I could forget my ailments by just concentrating on my job. But with endometriosis, I could never really give anything my undivided attention and dedication. My work suffered much, because my pain and bloating at times was so severe I just couldn't get out of bed. When I was feeling like that, the overall malaise I felt drained my energy and it was challenging to meet my responsibilities. It was very tough explaining what was wrong with me to my bosses, colleagues and staff.

I kept searching for more doctors and explanations but time and time again, I was just given medications to cope with my pain. Five years after my first dosages of Lupron, I endured two more rounds of this drug. This second time around, it wasn't as effective. I was bleeding excessively, had painful cramps, all the other symptoms from the first Lupron came back around, and my immune system suddenly decided it would work against me too. I was dealing with endometriosis, the effects of Lurpon, allergies, sinusitis, fluctuations in my thyroid levels that had my general physician think that I may become hypothyroid, and sudden adult onset of asthma. I had totally given up hope to any and all recovery, and just took birth control pilss daily so I would only get my period every three months. I lived with pain and discomfort daily, and just existed with it because I thought, in agony, that I should just accept my life the way it was.

My body couldn't take it anymore. Last May, my pains increased in severity to the point where walking became a hassle. The sharp pain that radiated from my right ovary would be bad enough that I couldn't move. After two doctor visits and a sonogram, I was told nothing was wrong with me and that unfortunately, since it was probably endometriosis my only option was to go on the Lupron again. At this point in time, feeling utterly distraught, confused and alone, I figured my life options were, either stay like this forever, or try, for the final time, to search for someone-anyone-anything to help me get past my ailments. For two days I frantically searched online to gather as much information on endometriosis and gynecological disorder experts near me and within the United States. During this search I promised to myself that I would not accept anymore being crippled by endometriosis, nor continue feeling hopeless. I was going to get past my enormous distrust of doctors and find a solution.

And then I came across your website, Dr. Kanayama. I felt an immediate connection with the other patients who shared their testimonials, and I could not wait to book an appointment with you. Your wonderful assistant Sabrina gave me the quickest appointment, and assisted me with the patient forms I needed to fill out. I remember that, by the time I finally met you, I couldn't stop crying because I was sick and tired of the life I was leading. You confirmed my diagnosis, and explained that the sharp pains I was feeling were due to my uterus tilting to the right since the adhesions were sticking it to my right ovary. This will sound crazy, but hearing your diagnosis was music to my ears! At last, a doctor gave me explanations about what was wrong with me. You even explained that my sudden allergy sensitivities were normal in women with endometriosis. You made me fully understand my medical situation, and I no longer felt like an alien among humans. I trusted you, your knowledge, and your diagnosis quicker than I had ever trusted anyone on any topic. You gave me hope just by you merely taking your time in thoroughly examining me and answering my questions.

Sabrina took her time in walking me through the tangled web of health insurance. She promptly gave me any paper work required by my employer and eased that process for me. An expert at her field, she is an asset to your practice, and together both you Dr. Kanayama and Sabrina make an awesome duo. I firmly believe that any sick lady who goes to the New York Endometriosis Center will have her luck turned around after being in the care of both of you.

I cannot help but rave what a luxury it felt to be a patient at Greenwich Hospital. Being there felt like being in a resort, and I felt extremely comfortable with the care and attention I received there. My room was great, the nurses were friendly, the facility was clean and the entire hospital was filled with an energy of positivity. It was so sweet of the nurses to ease my nerves prior to surgery, since I wouldn't stop sobbing from the fear I felt. The team at Greenwich Hospital only proved in reassuring me what I already felt in my heart: that I was in the best hands in treating my endometriosis with you, Dr. Kanayama. During surgery you discovered that my endometriosis was at stage two and progressing to my bowels, which helped explain my irritable bowel symptoms. You and your team took your time with me during surgery, and when I awoke from it, I felt emotional relief.

My road to recovery has not been an easy one, but it has certainly smoothed out after finding you. I only wish that other doctors had a fraction of the humanity, compassion and knowledge that you have. I took three months off from work to fully recover, and I'm thankful my recovery post surgery has not been as fraught with complications. It is true, after surgery I felt very sore, had a hard time walking, and had several weeks of emotional ups and downs, but none of that compares to how miserable I felt prior to surgery. I feel, thanks to you Dr. Kanayama, that I have overcome this evil endometriosis.

Since my surgery, I have returned to work and an trying to have a normal life. I have called out sick from work once in the last four months as opposed to the usual two or three days. I have become more outgoing and healthier. I plan activities and follow them through. I have more energy and my cramps are starting to become something that happen for maybe two days during my period as opposed to all month long. The bloating I had that made me look pregnant has started to disappear. Surprisingly, even my allergies don't act up as often. People around me and at work notice the difference in my appearance and my attitude. I can't stop raving about how much better I feel. Certainly, my life has been completely changed. I'm not apprehensive about my future; on the contrary I can't wait to embrace it, because I no longer feel like my endometriosis will keep me stagnant in life.

Dr. Kanayama, you and your team are role models in your field. May God bless you all, and may you continue to positively touch the lives of other women, as you have done to me. My eternal gratitude is yours and I hope that you are always successful in your offerings of your care and the New York Endometriosis Center.

Sincerely,

Heidy Then - Bronx, New York

After all the years I have suffered with endo, it is still hard for me to believe that I found Dr. Kanayama. It is well worth the 4-hour drive to get to his office.

My endo came back with a vengeance in December 2007. After multiple appointments with my regular gyn, I was told everything was fine. At the time, I was told everything was fine. At the time, I was unable to work and existing on pain killers. Frustration drove me to the internet and while searching, Dr. Kanayama's name kept popping up. On his website I read testimonials of other women and their stories were just like mine. I took a leap of faith and called Dr. Kanayama's office. Sabrina answered the phone, talked to me about my situation, and made me an appointment the next week.

My appointment with Dr. Kanayama was the most thorough, gentle, and informative I have ever had. He explained to me why the pain was occurring where it was and that he thought that my endo was at least stage III. My regular gyn always told me it was just mild, and that was after five laparoscopic laser surgeries, two rounds of Lupron, and taking birth control pills back to back.

Dr. Kanayama explained the type of surgery he does and why it is so successful. I decided to have the surgery and Dr. Kanayama operated the following week. After surgery he explained that the endo had affected my bowels, was closing off my urethra tube, and scar tissue from past laser surgeries was connecting my internal organs together.

My surgical experience at Greenwich Hospital was by far the best hospital experience I have ever had. I was put at ease the minute I walked in the door and I left feeling assured that my surgery was successful.

I am now almost 2 months post op. I am back to work and feeling great. I am still dealing with some twinges of pain, but I am still recovering and look forward to being 100% really soon. My experience with Dr. Kanayama, his staff, and the hospital staff has been beyond belief. When I have called with questions about insurance or billing, Sabrina is very helpful and caring. If I have questions for Dr. Kanayama, he always takes the time to talk to me on the phone.

Thank you Dr. Kanayama for giving me my life back, I look forward to this summer and enjoying camping and hiking with my family.

Tina C.

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

I just wanted to thank you for correcting my Endometriosis, and giving my life back. I am so glad that I made this journey to meet you. You are truly my hero and an angel sent from heaven above. You have changed my life for the better and I can honestly say that anyone who has Endometriosis should really use your services because you are the best in my opinion. Thank you once again.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Lynch

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ADDENDUM

I am writing again to say that I am glad that you took the time tolisten and understand how I was feeling. The stitches have healed and now I am anew woman and I can now be the mother to my childern that I have missed being.The scars are so tiny that my husband and I can barely see. Thank you again. Thepain has went away and I am only 2 weeks out of surgery and I feel WONDERFUL.

Kimberly Lynch

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

Anytime the Lord provides me an opportunity to share the miracle-working power He delivered through you to someone, I am overjoyed;p I know I thanked you several years ago, but am writing to thank God and you again. Last night my husband and I were watching the movie, Extreme Measures, based on a true miraculous medical story, and I began to cry remembering you.

You and Sabrina need to watch this movie and be reminded of how greatly the Lord has used you and continues to use the blessing He destined for you while you were still in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139: 13). I am grateful to your mother, who is now home with Christ, because her faith brought you to us. On behalf of all the women whose lives you saved now and forevermore, eternal gratitude—scientist, physician, healer, but most of all—Oh man of God!

I love you Dr. Kanayama.

Alma Aponte

I felt skeptical sitting in the doctor's office - what could possibly be wrong with me? Am I wasting time and money being here? You see, I didn't have any of the classic symptoms of endometriosis. I've never had pain or cramps in my life - ever! And all my regular GYN appointments were always normal. I wondered why I even sitting in an office specializing in endometriosis. But having gone through a year of infertility then a miscarriage, I started to ask myself and my reg ular GYN doctor if maybe something might be wrong with me. Sure enough, her response was the usual "miscarriages are common," "you've only been trying for a year - wait a little longer" and "you're healthy - just keep trying." Nevertheless, I had a gut feeling that I needed to see a specialist to make sure nothing was medically wrong with me. While starting a family is important to my husband and I - we trust God has his own timing. So, at this stage what I was really concerned about was my overall health. A friend who was successfully diagnosed and treated by Dr. K urged me to see him. I decided to go and I am so glad I did.

I remember the subsequent visit a week later and how certain Dr K was that I had late-stage endometriosis. Me? Endometriosis? and for that matter, late stage endometriosis? I was NOT expecting that. If it were any other doctor, I think I would have been very skeptical but I trusted his sincerity, expertise plus my friends' opinion of him.

Thank you for diagnosing me so thoroughly and so quickly. I can't imagine how much time I would have wasted being at another doctor's office. Even during the time right before the surgery, friends and family urged me to cancel the surgery and "do more research." But deep inside I had a feeling I was making the right call to go through with the surgery.

Surgery Day was an amazing and unforgettable experience. What amazes me about that day was how accurate Dr. K was about my diagnosis (even got to keep all my photos). Sitting in that recovery bed, I couldn't believe that I did in fact have stage IV endometriosis. How could I, a person with no classic symptoms of endometriosis, have such severe endometriosis. I just couldn't believe his gifted skill and knowledge in correctly diagnosing me.

When I think about my journey, I realize how lucky I am especially when I didn't have the usual symptoms). Thank you Dr. K from the bottom of my heart for caring so much. Thank you for being an honest endometriosis specialist who does amazing work. And thank you for helping to rid me of this crazy disease. God Bless you!

Edna

Since my surgery with Dr. Kanayama in 2007, I have been pain free for 2 Years and so thankful everyday. I had my check up in December of 2008 and great news the Endometriosis has not returned, he is truly an amazing Surgeon. I can't believe I finally get to report that I am 7 weeks Pregnant naturally and this is after 3 years of trying - 1 Failed IUI , 3 Failed Rounds of Clomid and 2 Failed IVF's. Dr Kanayama has always told me to relax and this will work because i will be fine after I had the surgery. I feel eternally grateful to Dr. Kanayama for helping me make my dreams come true and for all the encouragement when I wanted to give up, it's rare to find a doctor who has such compassion for his patients.

Jennifer Woods-Efremov

I want to say thanks with all my heart and all my being to Dr. Kanayama and staff (Sabrina and the nurse) for their out of the world work and dedication. Dr. Kanayama took the time to talk to me about endometriosis disease and explained in detail the procedure of my surgery. He has a bless hands and an incredible knowledge of endometriosis. Dr. Kanayama is a world-renowned doctor and one of the best doctors in the world. I can tell he is full of love and is completely dedicated to his profession. He invented a technique in endometriosis surgery.

My surgery was a success, the Greenwich Hospital is a success and my life is now a success. My family, friends and myself are very happy that I finally found a real and responsible doctor, after years of struggling with pain and fears. Thanks God, for giving us such a unique human being named Masahide Kanayama, MD.

Sincerely,

Sonia Oliver

To Dr. Kanayama:

No words or gratitude can be expressed on what you have given me. Thank you for giving me my hopes and dreams back. They have been lost for a very long time. As you know, I have endometriosis in its fourth stage and after the surgery, you told me and my partner how fast I would get pregnant. I am today, carrying a beautiful miracle inside me. Dr. Kanayama, YOU are the Angel that was sent to help make this miracle happen.

Thank you,

Sandra Kirste

Dear Dr. Kanayama and Sabrina,

Thank you very much for helping us have this beautiful baby boy!!!!!! The entire office was always so professional and friendly. We will continue to refer our friends. Best wishes for a great 2011.

Kinga and Greg

I'm 45 years old, and I'd been having pains, bad periods, lower back pain, and more for many years. I had been to two doctors before finding Dr. Kanayama. One doctor wanted to put me on hormone replacement, and the other wanted to give me a hysterectomy. I knew I was in much more need of treatment than hormone therapy.

After years of suffering, one day, while visiting my chiropractor, she recommended Dr. Kanayama. I called and made an appointment with Dr. Kanayama. He examined me, and explained to me that I had Stage IV endometriosis. He explained that a hysterectomy wouldn't solve my problem. He could remove all of the endo, as well as a chocolate cyst I also had.

Dr. Kanayama operated on me on New Year's Eve, 2009 at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. He should have been home, with his family, celebrating the New Year, but instead, he was with me and his other patients in Greenwich Hospital. After over 4 hours on the table, I was done.

After 2 or 3 days, I began to feel ... "different"... I no longer had the pains that had been my constant companion for years... I no longer felt like I had a grapefruit in my lap when I sat. As I recuperated, I realized that I had felt better than I had felt in a very long time. Before long, I realized what a God send Dr. Kanayama was and how amazingly great I felt. I CAN NOT underestimate the God-given talent this man has. He has certainly changed my life. Ask my husband, he'll tell you!

My follow up visits at Dr. Kanayama's office have been exceptional. His staff are among the most positive and caring that can be found anywhere. Sabrina especially has gone out of her way with the paper work and dealing with insurance companies and that I liked.

All I can say is that Dr. Kanayama and his staff are there for their patients, and the professionalism and caring are above all.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,

Ronni Faircloth

I truly believe that Dr. Kanayama's hands are an instrument God uses to touch women's lives. There is no other way to describe it. My case was one of the most severe cases of endometriosis ever seen. I suffered from painful periods for almost 15 years without suspecting I had endometriosis. Two years ago, I went from having my usual painful period to a state of chronic pain that persisted 24/7 continuously, even after my period ended. I started taking pain killers around the clock. After being misdiagnosed twice, it turnout I had bilateral ovarian endometriomas (chocolate cysts). I had my first surgery on May of last year. It was a laparotomy (open abdominal surgery), and it did not solve my endometriosis. In fact, the surgeon told me she had only removed the cysts because I was so invaded by endometriosis that it was too dangerous to attempt removing it. According to this doctor, not only did I have stage IV endometriosis, but my anatomy was compromised. My colon was semi-obstructed by endometriosis growing in and out of my pelvis, and all my reproductive organs were stuck together covered by endometriosis in such way that they were undistinguishable from one another. Even after the surgery, my pain kept getting worst to the point pain killers were not enough. I started taking narcotics.

I was on several hormonal treatments, but none of them worked. I kept on deteriorating more. I did not longer have a normal life. I went to several doctors, but as soon as they would read the report of my first surgery, they would refuse to do a laparoscopic procedure. Some doctors could not even give me a prognosis. I felt hopeless and depressed.

In the middle of my desperation, while searching the internet for possible solutions, I came across this website and started reading the testimonial of other patients. The next day, I called Dr. Kanayama's office and to my surprise I was schedule for an appointment almost immediately. At the moment I met Dr. Kanayama, I knew he was the one God had put in my way to end my suffering. His professionalism, expertise and compassion stood out instantly. He kindly spent one hour answering all my questions. The quality of care I received from his staff was also very impressive. Once I decided to have surgery with Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, his secretary, kindly took care of all the insurance paperwork.

My surgery was on January of this year. I never thought I would think this way about surgery, but it was really a pleasant experience. The staff at Greenwich Hospital was very kind and welcoming. They really took good care of me and my family. During surgery, Dr. Kanayama removed 80% of my endometriosis, a large ovarian endometrioma, and some fibroids I was not even aware of. He also cleared my tubes (so that I could be fertile again), returned my uterus to its normal position, and technically saved my kidneys by removing the endometriosis from my urethra. In a few words, he restructured my entire reproductive anatomy. Moreover, he was able to accomplish this in only 3 hours after I was expected to remain at the OR for at least 4 hours.

Since the moment I woke up from the anesthesia, I have not experienced pain like before. By first time in many years, I have been pain free. It has been 8 weeks since my surgery and I feel like a brand new person. I went back to my job and recovered my normal life in so little time that it can only be explained by a miracle.

If you happen to read this testimonial while looking for hope, like I did once, have no doubts that Dr. Kanayama can work wonders in your life like he did in mine. I highly recommend any women suffering from this disease to seek treatment with Dr. Kanayama. Regardless of how bad your case might be, it is always possible to find a solution when you are in the right hands.

Joanna

I had suffered from endometriosis for 18 years. I had two past laparoscopies both were unsuccessful. In my short life of 34 years I have seen so many doctors, I could not keep track. In 2006, about a year after my daughter was born, my pain came back with a vengeance. I had pain all month long to the point where it was hard to work, function and most important raise my daughter. I was tired of doctors not giving me answers. I called the Endometriosis Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and asked for a referral to an endometriosis specialist. She asked where I lived, when I said New Jersey without hesitation she told me about Dr. Kanayama. When I called his office his secretary took all my information and told me he would be contacting me. My phone rang less than an hour later. I was shocked. I never spoke to a doctor on the phone before. I told him my story and he gave me an appointment that week.

Dr. Kanayama performed two surgeries to remove a mass of adenomyosis in the wall of my uterus. I do not believe another doctor would have fount this mass. Dr. Kanayama did not give up on me. He told me he would not stop until he found the reason for all my pain. He is the most compassionate, caring and understanding doctor I have ever met. The day before my second surgery I called the office and told Sabrina how nervous I was. She put Dr. Kanayama right on the phone and he eased my nerves. Now here we are one year after my surgery and yes I am pain free. I have also just found out I am pregnant. Words cannot express all you have done for my family and I. thank you Dr. Kanayama, you have answered my prayers.

Michele Aguanno

Dr. Kanayama has given me my life back and I am 3 months pain-free. I had 4 previous surgeries with other surgeons and unfortunately none were successful. Earlier this year, I knew that I needed to have my 5th surgery and didn't know who to call by wanted the best in New York. A colleague at work recommended joining the Endometriosis Association and though maybe they might be able to help find the perfect doctor. After establishing my membership I had asked for the best surgeon in New York and they recommended Dr. Kanayama, and everyday I am thankful that I made that phone call.

As time approached for my surrgery, Dr. Kanayama's Office Manager, Sabrina, took over and arranged everything from preadmissions testing to calling and checking on how I was doing before my surgery. Even after my surgery was over, my follow up visits and dealing with my health insurance went very smoothly.

Now I am ready to take the next step and try to get pregnant and s we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed. Thanks again, Dr. Kanayama, for letting me return to normal life, it has been wonderful living each day pain-free.

Sincerely,
Jennifer E. Woods

UPDATE
Since my surgery with Dr. Kanayama in 2007, I have been pain free for 2 Years and so thankful everyday. I had my check up in December of 2008 and great news the Endometriosis has not returned, he is truly an amazing Surgeon. I can't believe I finally get to report that I am 7 weeks Pregnant naturally and this is after 3 years of trying - 1 Failed IUI , 3 Failed Rounds of Clomid and 2 Failed IVF's. Dr Kanayama has always told me to relax and this will work because i will be fine after I had the surgery. I feel eternally grateful to Dr. Kanayama for helping me make my dreams come true and for all the encouragement when I wanted to give up, it's rare to find a doctor who has such compassion for his patients.
Sincerely,

Jennifer Woods- Efremov

Dearest Dr. Kanayama,

I just wanted to give you a small token of my great appreciation for giving me back my life. I do indeed have faith that God lined all this up so you can care for me. The mustard seed represents all the faith for all you do to help so many people. Thank You Again.

God Bless Now and Always,

Tammy

Writing this testimonial is not as easy as I thought it would be. It is difficult to retell and have to remember all the pain and heartache that has led up to this point. I dealt with years of painful periods, being in and out of hospitals with high fevers, pelvic pain and even occasional vomiting. Each time, I was told it was just a painful period. I just needed to rest and take some pain killers. This past July I married the man of my dreams and was excited at the prospect of beginning a family. I became pregnant in early August and within a few days I knew there was something wrong with the pregnancy. I had painful cramping and my ovaries felt extremely swollen.

I was repeatedly told by my doctors that this was normal, even though I knew it wasn't. I hoped for the best, but knew something was wrong. I lost my baby in September. My husband and I were heartbroken and the physical pain became even worse. My ovaries literally felt as if they were going to burst. I continued going back to my gyn. for some help in relieving my pain. I wanted to find out what was wrong. He kept giving me pain killers, but did not try and find the source of the pain. I suggested the possibility of Endometriosis and he brushed me off by saying, "Let's just see how you feel next month and if we find you do have Endo, we can start you on Lupron." When he explained what Lupron was, I became disheartened and angry.

I went home, did my own research, and found Dr. Kanayama's website and knew he was someone I could trust. I called his office and spoke to his office assistant, a lovely lady named Sabrina. To say she is helpful is an understatement. She does far more than run the office, she comforts you, makes you laugh, and I knew immediately I was in the right place. Upon an initial exam, Dr. Kanayama found that my uterus was twisted 45 degrees to the left and that I had an advanced stage of Endometriosis with a chocolate cyst filling up my right ovary. I was terrified, but knew I was in the best possible hands. Dr. Kanayama is not only a surgeon, he is also a man of faith. Dr. Kanayama removed the chocolate cyst, a polyp, all of my Endometriosis, and repositioned my uterus. When I thanked him for all he had done, he explained how he is only doing what God has allowed him to do. I could not believe a man as brilliant and talented as him could be so humble. He changed my life and I felt like I would never be able to thank him enough, I still feel that I can't.

Every time I see him I am in awe of his skill and humanity. I see Sabrina and hug her as I would a family member. In many ways they are family to me. I love them for all they have done and I trust them with my life. My husband and I are trying to conceive again, but I know we have a better chance because of my surgery to remove the Endo. I still have a hard time believing that I was fortunate enough to find Dr. Kanayama, but I am so grateful I did. I am thankful God put me in his path and that he along with his amazing staff have changed my life for the better. There is a special place in heaven awaiting you Dr. Kanayama because you are truly an angel.

Elizabeth Burke

Dr. Kanayama,

I can't thank you enough for how amazing you have been as a doctor and a surgeon. I feel healthy and pain-free for the first time in almost a year. I can't imagine dealing with this disease without your support and help. I'm a normal 22-year-old now and that is the greatest gift ever. A million thank-yous to you. You are the best!

Sincerely,

Robyn

This is a message to all Endometriosis Patients:

I would like to share my experience with this disease with you and encourage you to do something about it.

I might have had it for many years but it was only diagnosed when i experienced extremely severe pelvic pain due to a twisted cyst in one of my ovaries and only after the third gynecologist had a closer look at it. This doctor suggested me to wait and put me on the pill. When the pain got worse he suggested to operate and to take the cyst out. He did that by producing a 12 cm scar as he considered laparoscopic surgery too risky. After that he put me for one year on hormones to suppress my period and diagnosed me as completely cured.

More than a year after the surgery I was in NY for two weeks for my job. I just gave it a try and googled Endometriosis and NY and came to Dr. Kanayama's website. I called, described my situation and got an appointment the next day. Within few minutes Dr. Kanayama could find out that I was not cured as he could easily feel the endometriosis nodules.

I told him that I was planning to get pregnant soon and he suggested having a surgery to excise all the endometriosis nodules. The fact that endometriosis increases the risk of miscarriage up to 70% quickly convinced me. I got an appointment for the surgery within two weeks and went there all by my own as all that happened during my business trip to NY. Dr. Kanayama and his team at the hospital were extremely caring and explained every step to me. I woke up after nearly five hours of surgery and found out that I had stage IV endometriosis However, the surgery went fine and the pain was not too bad.

Two weeks later I was able to fly back to Asia where I am working and recovered very well. Only two months later, or in other words, one period after the surgery I got pregnant and I am now over the critical first three months. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Kanayama and, in particular, to Sabrina who helped me so much with my insurance and gave me hope and confidence throughout the process.

At the same time I am angry wit the gynecologist who gave me completely wrong advices, medication and diagnosis and thereby cause so much suffering to women. I recommend every woman with endometriosis to consult a trusted specialist in that area. Even though it might be cumbersome and expensive to travel for such a surgery I think it is absolutely worth it. I cannot express my happiness and relief to be pregnant after so many negative reports I read on the internet, so many sleepless nights, tears and worries.

This is a positive message for all endometriosis patients. Find a true specialist like Dr. Kanayama whom I can recommend wholeheartedly and get rid of your endometriosis. I am also not a fan of surgery and tried alternative medicine like homeopathies and traditional Chinese medicine. I all did not stop the endometriosis from spreading. After all I also think that endometriosis patients should think about there lifestyle and take better care of their needs and in particular listen to their bodies. Dr. Kanayama and his team understand the broader context of endometriosis and how much suffering it can cause and they support a holistic healing process.

I wish you all the best for your individual healing process and don't lose your confidence and hope.

Birgit W.

My story is long and painful. Every day of my life was filled with pain. Functioning in daily life had become almost unbearable. Even washing dishes was a problem. I was no longer able to fulfill my duties as a wife. I was not able to work regularly and was forced to take a hiatus from continuing my education.

I had seen many doctors that had done absolutely nothing for me. They had no care that I was in dire pain. I even had one doctor diagnose that my condition was caused by excess fat, and that my fat was causing my pain! In 2006 I saw a minimum of five gynecologists with varied specialties and not one ever mentioned endometriosis. I had decided that I was going to give up and live in the constant pain. This decision was placing a terrible strain on my marriage! November 2006 was the last time that I was ever going to see a doctor. My family and my husband, however, were not going to allow this!

I had been given Dr. Kanayama's name and number by a very close family friend. He had treated her and saved her life. She, like me, had been to numerous doctors to no avail. Finally, to her great relief a stranger gave her Dr. Kanayama's name. He discovered on her first visit that she was in terrible health from endometriosis. Dr. Kanayama found immediately what no other doctor could diagnose. During surgery he found internal bleeding from a ruptured artery that had been destroyed by the endometriosis. Had he not made this discovery she would have died from internal bleeding...

My family all began to team up on me and at last in April 2007 they convinced me to make an appointment with Dr. Kanayama. My first phone call took me by surprise. Sabrina, his office manager, understood my pain and scheduled me for an appointment that same week. I had been made to wait weeks by previous doctors. Doctor Kanayama's office does not believe in people suffering needlessly.

My first visit was the best experience I have ever had in my life at a doctor's office!!! Within 5 minutes of my examination Dr. Kanayama had pinpointed the exact cause of my suffering. I have been examined by so many doctors and they never could actually pinpoint where my pain was. He was so gentle and caring. After the examination he invited my husband and me to his inner office and explained everything to us. I had a chocolate cyst that had already consumed 50% of my right ovary and that there was endometriosis that he believed was Stage IV (confirmed with surgery), scar tissue and adhesions. He was the most compassionate doctor that I had ever encountered. The office manager is also one of the best I had ever seen - she really worked with me and made the office visit very pleasant.

May 24, 2007 was my surgery day. The staff at the Greenwich Hospital could not say enough about Dr. Kanayama. They treated me exceptionally. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Kanayama made sure that I was well informed about the surgical procedure and its outcome.

I suffer from a very dangerous heart problem with which sudden death is associated. Anesthesia and surgical procedures can be potentially life-threatening for me and worried me a little. All of my fears were washed away thanks to the competent staff and the anesthesiologist who explained everything to me. Dr. Kanayama went over everything with me again and made sure that I was all right. When they first took me back to the operating room, he went to my husband and mother and personally assured that all would be fine. Never have I been treated so well in a hospital or been so informed. I had no fears at all!

In recovery they treated me like a queen, kept me completely pain-free and seemed like could not do enough for me! Doctor Kanayama came in a checked on me again and then went and told everything to my family in the waiting room. He has an incredible bedside manner.

That weekend Doctor Kanayama and his Office Manager, Sabrina, kept in touch and called my home to check in on me even though it was a holiday weekend.

I feel so blessed that Dr. Kanayama was put in my path and wish there were more doctors like him. He is a very rare doctor - he actually cares about his patients. There is nothing fake about him. He really believes in helping people.

Lisa Vecchione

Dearest Dr Kanayama,

Thank You so much for taking such great care of me during my surgeries and also in the tough period after. You were so amazing to come in on the weekend to make sure I was okay.

Thank You

Ashby

Below is an abbreviated version of my endometriosis story, including my unyielding thanks to Dr Kanayama and his entire staff and the staff at Greenwich Hospital.

After struggling for two years to conceive our child, once I got pregnant I thought for a half of second that maybe I was actually "okay" and my unpredictable periods and occasionally painful points were not that big of a deal. Then one month after I stopped nursing, my pain points increased and were no longer even remotely bearable. Since anyone reading this knows the "pain" I am talking about I don't feel the need to elaborate...

Then, when my emotional state and physically wellbeing were dismissed by my general practitioner - even with a family history of endometriosis- my gut and my research thankfully lead me to Dr. Kanayama.

The minute I walked into Dr. Kanayama's office, I knew I was in capable hands. Within half an hour it was confirmed that I had endometriosis. At that moment I was frightened albeit relieved. Knowing I would have Dr. Kanayama and his amazing staff to guide me through this process.

Again, I just want to extend my appreciation to Dr Kanayama, his wonderful staff and the entire staff at Greenwich Hospital, for all of their help to ensure that this journey was as "painless" as possible. Having this team on my side was truly amazing! The step by step guidance and patience offered before, during and after was an amazing comfort.

Your expertise in this disease and surgical practices are light years beyond and I am truly blessed to have you as my doctor.

Sarah

My struggle with endometriosis and infertility ended when I found Dr. Kanayama. I suffered with undiagnosed pelvic pain and severe cramping for years, and tried everything to get relief... pain medication, exercise, and unsuccessful laparoscopic surgery. Not only was I in pain each month, but I was also unable to get pregnant despite undergoing fertility treatments. My husband and I began to think that having our own children may not be an option for us.

Then, we met Dr. Kanayama. He gave us hope and told us what no other doctor had - that we could conceive naturally and that I could live pain free. He took the time to fully explain endometriosis and his surgical technique for removal of the disease. He was patient and kind, and answered all of my follow-up questions as the surgery date approached, no matter how many times I called the office (which was particularly important for me as I live in the Midwest). Moreover, the first rate staff and facilities at Greenwich Hospital added to my positive experience. I was well cared for and kept comfortable in my private room.

The recovery process was challenging at times, but well worth it. I am thrilled to report that a short 3 months after surgery I found out I was pregnant and we are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of our baby boy in July. No more struggles with infertility, and no more pain. Dr. Kanayama has made a tremendous difference in my life, and I can't thank him enough!

Kelly W.

Dr. Kanayama is serving such a special purpose on this earth. His brilliant mind and divinely skilled hands cannot be matched by any other physician. I am 36 years old and I was diagnosed with endometriosis 6 years ago. My symptoms were a 6 cm ovarian cyst, painful menstrual cramps and extreme fatigue. The last thing I wanted to do was to have surgery. Instead, I learned as much as I could about the disease. I thought endometriosis could be controlled with proper nutrition and exercise. My symptoms diminished, but they never fully subsided. I chose to take Advil to control my pain. Over the past few years, I sought the advice of at least 5 different doctors, but I never truly trusted any one of them. I never really believed that I had endometriosis because the physicians never explained the severity of the disease. When I look back, I realize that none of them had a thorough understanding of endometriosis. They always blamed my ovarian cysts as my source of pain. I am so happy that I never had surgery to remove the cyst because it never would have solved my problem.

When I turned 35, I finally had the desire to get pregnant. After trying for 7 months, I did not want to waste time, so I scheduled an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist. My infertility workup revealed that everything was normal. My doctor knew that I was previously diagnosed with endometriosis and he agreed that it could be causing my infertility. Yet, he never recommended how to treat the disease. He rushed into discussing my options to become pregnant artificially. That is the most frightening when I know better that even if I got pregnant artificially, the endo would cause a miscarriage. Needless to say, I obtained all my records and continued to search for the best physician. I FOUND HIM!!!!! Dr. Kanayama instantly earned my trust within minutes of our initial consultation. I was shocked to hear that it looked as if Stage IV endo from my ultrasound. He explained to me that endo continues to spread which causes all kinds of health problems as the disease attacks my organs. I went home that day and I knew that Dr. Kanayama was going to change my life for the better.

On March 6th, 2008 I had surgery and I can honestly say that my experience could not have been any more positive. I feel extremely blessed to have been under the care of Dr. Kanayama and the staff at Greenwich Hospital. My procedure was complex as I had Stage IV on my uterus, intestines, abdominals, colon, ureter and left ovary. I also had reconstructive surgery on my ureter and ovary. Although I had extensive work done, I never experienced any pain and I was back to work in 2 weeks. I only took pain killers for 2 days after my surgery. Dr. Kanayama, his office manager Sabrina and the staff at Greenwich Hospital cannot be thanked enough for making my surgical experience so amazing. They have all restored my faith in people and in the healthcare system. From my first office visit in December 2007 to my post-op ultrasound on April 2, 2008, I always felt like a top priority to Dr. Kanayama. He is the most meticulous, passionate, respectful, professional and empathetic physician. Sabrina accommodated you in every way she can and the staff at Greenwich Hospital treats you like gold. I feel compelled to help other women by referring them to Dr. Kanayama. He truly is second to none and I will be forever grateful to him.

Erin

For over 2 years I was seeking relief from painful and burdensome menstrual symptoms. I trusted my doctor when he said nothing was wrong but it was clear my symptoms were worsening over time. Even after visiting countless general OBGYNs, I continued to remain undiagnosed and severely uncomfortable.

After educating myself on how serious my symptoms were I knewI had to find a specialist. Within my first 2 visits to Dr. Kanayama's office I was diagnosed with endometriosis and uterine polyps. Shortly after that, my surgery was arranged quickly and easily.

Currently, I am recovering brilliantly and thanks to Dr. Kanayama I can now have children. I could not be more pleased with the high quality patient care I received from Dr.Kanayama, his office staff, surgical team and Greenwich Hospital nursing staff.

Melissa P.

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

I wanted to take the time and type this letter to you. I want you to know that I have been suffering with Endometriosis for over 10 years. Always had female issues and pain. I have been through many ablations and coordorinations and finally a full hysterectomy.

Then my world turned around. I found you through the internet, read everything about you I possibly could. Checked your references spoke to Greenwich Hospital about you. Finally called your wonderful sympathetic Manager Sabrina, she was so kind and booked an appointment for me immediately.

Since then, I had my surgery with you on May 21, 2011.

I just wanted you to know you have given me back my life, my sanity and I am no longer depressed. I am no longer taking an antidepressant.

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart I couldn't have been more happy or pleased with you as a surgeon, in my eyes you are "GOD". I recommend you to everyone I know with similar problems and always will.

All My Love,

Debra B.

I would like to share my story with other women out there with the hope that it helps them find a doctor to provide the best care to treat endometriosis. I started to have changes to my period about 5 years ago, and gradually over time the problems got worse. I would dread the start of my periods because the pain in my back and pelvic areas was so bad, and I had difficulty having bowel movements for 12-14 days of the month. Two weeks a month were spent in bed with the heating pad and pain medication because I was unable to do normal daily activities.

My OB/GYN initially diagnosed me with endometriosis in Feb 2008 based on my symptoms and her recommendation was get on birth control and go see a Gastrointestinal physician (GI). The GI doctor did a sigmoidoscopy and found compression or growth like areas in the rectum causing a narrowing of the lumen of the rectum. My OB/GYN doctor then did a diagnostic laparoscopy that officially diagnosed me with endometriosis, and my next recommendation was to either get pregnant or have a hysterectomy. I was horrified to think that a doctor would suggest a hysterectomy at such a young age but that was the suggestion I got.

Seeking a second opinion I saw another OB/GYN that stated after examination that I had purple lesions in my vagina, biopsies were taken confirming endometrial tissue and I was referred to an Infertility doctor since natural pregnancy was not happening. The infertility doctor said that I needed to get the endometrial tissue out before doing infertility treatments, so I consulted with an OB/GYN surgeon, who basically said don't do surgery do the infertility treatments because he thought the location of the growth was risky and that damage could occur to the uterus or colon. The doctor put me on Lupron, the worst medication I have ever used in my life. Yes it took away the pain, but it also made me bloated, moody, and gave me bone loss. I never felt like myself while I was on it, and I took it only out of desperation because the pain was so intense.

I went to another infertility doctor in April 2009 and did a cycle of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which was unsuccessful and made me suffer through the worst period of my life that resulted in an emergency room visit to get pain relief. In July 2009 I went to my OB/GYN doctor again and he recommended a second IVF, so I did another treatment using donor eggs, and again in Nov 2009 the procedure was a failure.

I honestly felt like I was lost with no where else to turn and frustrated with my doctors up to this point I went to the internet and found Dr. Kanayama. I went to my consultation appointment in Dec 2009 and was shocked to learn that my endometriosis was stage 4, with my uterus attached to my colon, the recto-vaginal septum area had tissue growth, and I had a fibroid growth outside my uterus. Dr. Kanayama took the time to explain what was happening in my body and that I needed to have surgery to remove the tissue. He also explained to me that endometrial tissue secretes toxins in the body that can prevent pregnancy, and had I known that I would never have gone through two IVF treatments.

I had surgery with Dr. Kanayama in Jan. 2010, and I am happy to say that I am pain free now. I went into surgery having started my period with intense back and pelvic pain and I was post operative pain free. The surgery was life changing in that I don't need to take medications or hormones to make me feel better; I feel more like myself now. Dr. Kanayama is the first doctor that I have gone to that was knowledgeable about endometriosis and the effective ways to treat it.

Antoinette

I cannot begin to tell you how many doctors I had been to before I met you. You are one of the most understanding and patient doctors I had ever met who truly seemed to want to help people. From the first day that I met you up until my surgery you were nothing but positive and supportive. When I was in the hospital I will never forget one of the nurses turning to me and saying "I am so excited to work with Dr. Kanayama! This is my first time!" Then I knew I was in good hands as soon as I heard this, I myself practically wanted a signature! Many thanks to Dr. Kanayama, his staff and Greenwich Hospital.

Courtney

My experience with Dr. Kanayama and his team:

It was in late November 2007, I had abnormal bleeding and strong stomach pain, the pain was only getting stronger and I had no choice but start calling gynecologists to schedule an emergency visit. First, I called my regular gynecologist and she thought I could be pregnant. The answer just didn't seem right, so I kept calling other gynecologists, but it was very hard to get an appointment right away as a new patient, except Dr. Kanayama. My boss at work recommended Dr. Kanayama to me and he was my last hope. I talked to Sabrina, the office manager at his office and she kindly scheduled me for the very next day. Later on I found out that Dr. Kanayama was not only very well known with Japanese patients but with Americans as well.

At my appointment, with ultrasound exam, I was told that my ovaries were tilted 45 degrees and I was scheduled for surgery immediately. He explained me about endometriosis in detail so I could understand what I was going through. The surgery took place in Greenwich Hospital, CT. Since this was my first hospital visit in America, I couldn't compare this hospital with others, but it was a very beautiful hospital that it almost looked like a luxury hotel. My husband, who accompanied me, was also very impressed with the staff and facilities.

While I was waiting for my surgery, I got very scared and started crying. Even though I knew that I had the best doctor in the US and surgery was going to be successful, since I never had any surgeries in my life and being away from my family in Japan, I couldn't hold my tears. Dr. Kanayama stopped by my room before the surgery and said:"Mousugu yokunarimasuyo", (you will get better soon). It was like a magical voice, which made me feel better. Also, nurses and his team were very understanding and helped me to get through the surgery.


The surgery was a success, but it took me longer than other patients to recover because of the stress I had. The pressure of going back to work only made recovery slower. Throughout that time Dr. Kanayama and Sabrina were always there to understand my problems and support me. Sabrina is amazing. Not only she is caring about each patient, she does a great job dealing with insurance companies and each patient employer to make everything work out for patients. I do not know how many more visits I have to make to Dr. Kanayama's office, but I know for sure that when I'm done, I'm going to miss Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and his staff. It was like being at home.

Thank you very much for everything. You saved my life and I cannot wait to show you my baby someday.

Aika Cardin

Before finding Dr. Kanayama I had been to 2 other reproductive/fertility specialists. Neither one left me with a clear understanding of exactly why I was experiencing such extreme pain each time I got my period and way I was not getting pregnant after trying for almost 2 years. All I knew was that I had Stage III endometriosis, large fibroid tumors, would need invasive surgery, and would be bed ridden for 6-8 weeks, after all this I would only have a 50% chance of getting pregnant naturally. I knew I wanted to do whatever was needed to eliminate these obstacles; however, I did not feel at ease with either of the doctors I had met. For someone like me, who had never been to a hospital being told I would be bed ridden for 6-8 weeks just did not sit right. Thankfully, my father came across the New York Endometriosis Center website and my mind was put at ease.

After my first visit with Dr. Kanayama I knew I had found my match. Finally, I was able to get some clear answers on how advanced my condition was. The surgery was to be less invasive with half the recovery time previously mentioned and my chances of getting pregnant naturally were increased to 75%! I felt as though the large dark cloud had finally been lifter, I had clarity as well as a doctor that I knew would not regard me as "a number". His sensitivity and willingness to sit and talk with me until I had grasped all that was needed was like no other. As I was leaving Dr. Kanayama's office on our final day of completing all the necessary tests and scheduling my surgery, he humbly turned to me and said: "Why don't we meet one more time before your surgery so we can just sit and talk. I am sure questions and concerns will come up between now and the surgery." A huge smile came to my face, as I held back the tears of joy.

My surgery was 12 days ago and the whole process could not have been any smoother. My endometriosis had spread significantly more than Dr. Kanayama anticipated but he still was able to get it all, as well as the numerous fibroid tumors. The care I received at Greenwich was top notch - naturally, I was scared but everyone put my fears to rest without even knowing it. The day after surgery I was up and walking and on my way home. Now I am looking forward to what lies ahead, a period of with much less pain and beginning my journey of getting pregnant. Dr. Kanayama feels this will happen before I know it; he has restored my faith in getting pregnant naturally!!!

Keari P.

Dear Dr. Kanayama:

I am writing to thank so much for everything that you have done for me. I am so happy with the results of the surgery to excise the endometriosis! It is hard to believe that I began on this odyssey over two years ago and that no one else had been able to help me.

I have such high esteem for you and your staff as well as the surgical team at Greenwich Hospital that made a difficult surgery much easier to get through. The healing process has been a moment of introspection for me and I see how everything just fell into place when I needed it - including meeting you and finally being free of the endometriosis that was making it difficult for me to conceive as well as affecting my normal body functions that other doctors had dismissed as being related to my celiac disease. I feel very lucky to have found the website that led me to make an appointment and I am grateful beyond words to you and your staff.

I will certainly let your office know how I fare in the future.

Thank you so much!

Marie R.

Dr. Kanayama is a wonderful doctor. He and his staff provide the highest quality of service. His surgery is performed in Greenwich Hospital where the patient care is excellent. I find Dr. Kanayama to be very caring and extremely knowledgeable. It is also very comforting that he takes the time to explain everything to you.

Sabrina is great as she is very helpful with any issues or questions you may have. I have already recommended this amazing doctor to so many people.

M. Esposito

Dr. Kanayama is a wonderful doctor. He and his staff provide the highest quality of service. His surgery is performed in Greenwich Hospital where the patient care is excellent. I find Dr. Kanayama to be very caring and extremely knowledgeable. It is also very comforting that he takes the time to explain everything to you.

Sabrina is great as she is very helpful with any issues or questions you may have. I have already recommended this amazing doctor to so many people.

M. Esposito

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

I just want to let you know how wonderful I have been feeling for the past 3 months since surgery and how deeply thankful I am for everything you have done for me. I truly believe you have a gift. I think about you very often and pray that you continue to touch other women's lives in such a special way.

May you always be doing those good, kind things which show that you are a child of God, for this will bring much praise and glory to the Lord. Philippians 1:11 (TLB)

A Special Caregiver - The tireless way in which you give your tenderness and care, You're like an angel here on earth, With all the love you share.

You put your whole heart and soul into doing for others, and it sure is a blessing to be on the receiving end!

Joanna J

I have been battling endometriosis for more than half my life. I had my 1st laparotomy at 19 years old. The doctors then were baffled by the extent of endometriosis (Stage IV). I was in chronic pain, popping muscle relaxers like they were candy. I was on birth control pills for years to slow the progress of endometriosis by it always came back. I had 2 laparoscopies following the initial surgery. The last one my GYN gave me a diagnosis of Stage IV again. I was at this time that I was trying to get pregnant but had no luck. My then doctor wanted to give me another laparotomy and then suggested I do IVF. I knew the pain and long recovery of that type of surgery so I decided against it and decided to explore other options.

In between surgeries, pills, Lupron, etc... I managed to get pregnant at age 26 by miscarried soon afterward. I was never told I'd have any kind of problems that a quick laparoscopic procedure couldn't fix - if I knew then what I know now I'd have run far, far away from these doctors and sought out a specialist. I decided to try IVF thinking I'd have no problems since it bypasses any endometriosis, again, I was dead wrong. I luckily got pregnant with my daughter on my 3rd IVF try (after another miscarriage). After her birth I decided to try IVF as soon as I could and ended up pregnant on my 2nd attempt (5th IVF total) but later miscarried again. My body just wasn't responding anymore and 3 miscarriage later I knew I needed to switch gears.

After doing much research, I came across Dr. Kanayama's website and was immediately intrigued. After reading all the testimonials, I knew this was the man I needed to see. At my 1st visit, I was greeted with such care and compassion, not only by Dr. Kanayama but Sabrina and the rest of his staff, as well. I felt right at home. we scheduled my surgery and believe it or not I couldn't have been more excited to have surgery again because this time I knew this was the right man for the job!

In the morning of the surgery we arrived at Greenwich Hospital and were immediately impressed by its beauty! I felt like I was checking into a hotel, not preparing for surgery! The staff were so pleasant and punctual! My surgery was scheduled for 7:40 am and I was wheeled into the operating room at 7:38! I thought back to past surgeries where I sat there for hours with a slew of other women waiting to get picked for surgery! Here I was treated with kindness and respect.

The surgery was 5 hours long, as the disease was so extensive that Dr. Kanayama literally had to rebuild and reposition my pelvic cavity again! But as is his usual fashion, the surgery was a success! I immediately felt better, even though through the pain of recovery. Within 3 days I was walking around like I never even had a 5-hour surgery at all! My husband was amazed at my recovery. Within a few days I felt like a new woman. I had lived so long with the bloat and bladder infections and irregular, painful periods that I actually became used to it and feeling normal felt weird!

On top of all this, I am trying to get pregnant again, so Dr. Kanayama is working closely with me to have this happen naturally instead of using invasive techniques - another reason I adore him! I now stand a 50% chance of conceiving naturally when I had 0% before the surgery so for that I'm grateful.

In addition, his office staff is just wonderful! Sabrina filed my insurance paperwork the very next day and helped me get reimbursed from the insurance company as well. (I can't tell you how many times she got on the phone with my healthcare provider on my behalf!) They are efficient and kind and make the whole experience that much better. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone go to his office and experience how a patient should be treated by a knowledgeable and caring staff and top-notch surgeon.

Kindest regards,

Kim M.

I want to thank you for the excellent medical care and surgery you provided during my treatment of Stage IV endometriosis. After many years of dealing with pain and infertility I had lost hope in finding a minimally invasive way to treat my condition. I feel so very lucky to have found you and your surgical methods to address these conditions. It is amazing how much better I feel just a month after surgery. The Greenwich Hospital Facility and personnel were world class and it was an extremely positive experience. I recommend to anyone with endometriosis to not waste valuable time, especially with infertility, on pursuing standard medical procedures and please see Dr. Kanayama at the NY Endometriosis Center.

Claire Shields

To all the Endometriosis Sufferers Out There Who Feel that there is No Hope,

I have had my surgery with Dr. Kanayama to remove Stage 2 Endometriosis and 3 large uterine fibroids. I want you all to know my surgery was a complete success and an amazing experience. I recommend Dr. Kanayama as the best Doctor that I have ever seen in this field. After many years of suffering with the Endometriosis and the Fibroids, that numerous other physicians have missed I just want to say THANK YOU.

Forever Grateful,

T.D.

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

Thank you so much for removing ALL of my endometriosis! Words cannot describe my elation. It is incredible to know that you have made me pain free and that I no longer need medicine everyday! You have given me my life back and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Thank You so much.

M. Beers

Prior to coming to Dr. Kanayama I had experienced extreme pelvic pain, completely irregular and unpredictable periods, and knew something was wrong with my reproductive system. After, seeing numerous doctors there was no diagnosis or opinion on what was wrong. Within one visit Dr. Kanayama was able to diagnosis and to find a treatment for my problem. Finally there was a physician who could put into words what was happening in my body and he had a solution.

I scheduled my surgery that day and knew the progression of the disease would soon be over. The surgery at Greenwich Hospital was easy and painless. Within a few weeks, I was better than I have ever been. Sabrina (office manager) was amazing and guided me with my insurance issues; any questions I had she answered them quickly every step of the way. Dr. Kanayama is a genius. I am very thankful to have had the procedure done using his technique and expertise. Words cannot express how grateful I am.

Thank You

Jess, NJ

On December 13th 2007 the quality of my life changed. It was the day Dr. Kanayama operated on me at Greenwich Hospital. As for many endometriosis patients it had been a long road to that day. I am 39 years old and was diagnosed at age 25 with endo but have suffered since I began menstruating. Before meeting Dr. Kanayama I had 2 laparoscopic surgeries. My previous OBGYN even tried different hormonal therapies, including Lupron (and which would not recommend to any from my experience). I found Dr. Kanayama through the internet when I decided to research on my own. My OBGYN told me that there was nothing more they could do for me and that I would need to see a specialist or a pain management doctor. However, they really did not know who to refer me to other than my fertility specialist. Yes, I had IVF at age 29, which was another whole experience in itself. (I lost a set of identical twins at 12 weeks but was blessed with a son). I chose not to go back to the fertility doctor because he performer the same type of laparoscopic procedures that I already had. By the time I found Dr. Kanayama the disease had invaded every aspect of my life.

I was impressed with his office from the first phone call. His office manager Sabrina is very thorough and caring. She handled everything from insurance, pharmacy calls and scheduling of all appointments. Her confidence in Dr. Kanayama was one of the reasons why I scheduled a consult with him. After meeting him I knew that I had found the right surgeon. He performed a much more thorough exam and ultrasound than my previous doctor. He explained the stage of my disease, treatment and answered all my questions. He was extremely confident and compassionate. What also impressed me was that when I called the office with a few questions he got on the phone immediately. What physician does that?? My wonderful experience did not stop there. The Greenwich Hospital where he operated is the best facility I have ever been to. The hospital is designed like a hotel. The staff were so efficient, kind and even pampered me. You can tell they truly enjoyed working there. I've never had a surgery or hospital stay go so smoothly. The food is even very good!! I was an overnight start and almost didn't want to go home!

My prayers have been answered. I am now 2 months post op and feel wonderful. I am a new person! I cannot thank Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and Greenwich Hospital enough. Dr. Kanayama had changed my life more than he knows.

Tina Disano, NJ

Professional, compassionate, caring, warm, friendly, a giant among men. There are not enough adjectives to describe this soft-spoken man who changed our lives so drastically.

My daughter had constant disabling pain for 7 years, the worst being the past 18 months. We were at the end of our rope. After 4 laser surgeries the doctors we had said they could do no more. It was only by chance that we were given Dr. Kanayama's name and it was the luckiest day of our lives. It was exactly 3 weeks from the day his office first contacted us until my daughter had her surgery at Greenwich Hospital. What a magnificent place - it looked more like a luxury hotel than a hospital and the care was superb.

Dr. Kanayama gave us our daughter back and we will be forever grateful. He is truly her "Superman".

The Hardy Family

After 7 years of struggling with endometriosis, a surgery and many hormones in my body, I thought I was in a dead end because the endometriosis wouldn't go, until I heard about Dr. Kanayama.

I was so surprised by his kindness and the way he makes me feel unique as if I was his only patient. I came down from France where I live to have the surgery.

I was amazed by Dr. Kanayama's staff at the Greenwich Hospital's as well. They were all available and nice to me. My surgery went well and I'm so thankful to Dr. Kanayama, for the way he treated me, talked to me and handled my endometriosis.

There should be a lot more doctors like him around the world who can treat their patients not only as cases by also as humans.

Thank you, Dr. Kanayama.

Yana Delho

It took me a while to think of ways in which I could thank a person who literally gave me my life back! I could just thank you a million times but that I feel as though just would not be enough. This is my testimonial of my journey and I hope to help women like me. Just thinking back three months, I was in hell. For ladies out there who know what hell is like, I would like to share my version of it.

Hell is when you have been physically drained and emotionally and mentally sucked dry for having tried to conceive for the last four years without knowing what is wrong with you. Hell is going from Gyno to Gyno asking why why why yet you feel as though nobody cares enough to look further. Hell is being in pain, rolling around on the floor and throwing up pain killers and paying another visit to the emergency room knowing all they could do is pump in more pain killers. Hell is having multiple professional, well respected surgeons, Gynos, and fertility specialists all telling you different information and realizing that they cannot help or understand what you are going through.

That was my physical and mental state of being before surgery with Dr. Kanayama on March 4th, 2010. In order to better describe my situation, let me provide a little more detail. I am a happily married, successful 32 year old Contracts Specialist working for an IT consulting firm in the state of VA. I was a good kid growing up, an excellent student, an even better employee, and a loving wife. All of these which I realized I was taking for granted when I found out I had Stage IV Endometriosis when my world fell apart.

In December of 2008, I started taking fertility drugs to help with ovulation. This in some form or another triggered the underlying Endometriosis in my body which I didn't find out until a surgeon opened me up the old fashion way and supposedly removed the Endo from my body. This surgery lasted 6 hours while my family was told that it would only 2. When I woke up, I found out that I had lost a fallopian tube on the left side from operating to detach my other organs from the cysts which had taken over. My Gyno described that they could hardly recognize the organs as the Endo really deformed my other organs. I had also lost a ton of blood from this surgery had to undergo a blood transfusion the very next morning. It took me 3 weeks to recover and after the following week, my pain was back. Yes, it came back. That was what I was told from the surgeon whom I trusted with my second surgery. In October of 2009, the excruciating, stabbing pain came back and the heaviest allowable doses of pain killers no longer helped. The deathly stabbing pain did not give me a minute to breathe. I prayed to God, please take away this pain for just five minutes, no just one minute even...please let me breathe. I was immediately scheduled for the second surgery and when I woke up from anesthesia from that surgery, I was told that there were just too many cysts to operate on me and for immediate pain relief, he drained out the cysts. This news, as I lay in the recovery room looking up at the most unsympathetic surgeon in the world, I did not take well. Having been told I had no other choice, I went along with his advice and let him put me on medication called Lupron Depot which would somehow shrink the cysts and make it easier for him to operate months later. In the following weeks, I grew weaker as the days went by having to deal with being on Lupron and dealing with the aftermaths of two surgeries. I tried to laugh about the forced menopausal state that I was in by joking about putting up a sign on my office door saying "Please be aware: Woman heavily medicated." Having to work full time throughout my ordeal, Lupron was supposed to relieve the pain. It did no such thing for me. I was still taking Percocet (on top of maximum doses of Advil) while I was on Lupron just to make it through my day. While I was at home, I lived with a heating pad or I was in the bathtub in hot boiling water to relieve the pain. Not having been able to sleep for weeks and at my breaking point one night at 2AM in the morning, I began researching like a mad woman in tears asking for help. One woman, whom I've separately thanked, responded to me with more knowledge than I had hoped to find. Immediately, I booked an appointment with Dr. Kanayama and with Sabrina's help had my third and only successful surgery in March. Sabrina is great as she is a one stop shop for all of your questions. She made scheduling the surgery as easy as can be even though I was an out of towner. I appreciated her knowledge and experience quite a bit while I was struggling to make all the plans while being as sick as I was. As many ladies have already expressed, the experience at Greenwich Hospital was a pleasure and I could not have asked for more.

It's been more than 3 months and I feel wonderful! Per my friends and family, I've got my sparkle back. From my experience (wow cannot believe I can say this is my "experience" rather than my reality!) I've learned that NOT all doctors can help. If you have Endometriosis, and I had one of the worst cases as Dr. Kanayama has informed me, you have to be treated by someone who truly specializes in this field to just even recognize the issues you are having. Avoid the mistakes I went through and go to him directly. I have to also mention that I am left with several scars on my abdomen all of which were caused by my previous surgeries. Dr. Kanayama is as master surgeon who left me with barely any visible scars from his laparoscopic procedure. I cannot thank you enough for that. My entire family and friends not having even met you, thank you and you will be our prayers forever. My husband would also like to thank you, Dr. Kanayama, for giving him his life back as well. He has been in as much stress and emotional pain as I have been in except he could never show it in front of me. He couldn't be more ecstatic to have his weekend fishing trips back now that he's relieved enough to leave my side.

I hope to help someone like me who may be reading this testimonial at 2AM in the morning struggling in pain...and I want to say ...I was you and now, I'm free. You could be too.

Miji Chung

As I write this testimonial it has been just over a month since Dr. Kanayama performed my surgery. I have been feeling extremely ill for the past eight years. I have had my gallbladder removed and then diagnosed with appendicitis. Thank God my fever broke or else they would have performed an appendectomy on me. I had a pelvic embolization that has left platinum and nitinol wires with stainless steel screws embedded in my pelvis.

I lived in various emergency rooms over the past eight years while my husband and our four children slept in our van. Each one of these visits would leave me with pain medications, antispasmodics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Then told to follow up with my ob-gyn. I felt as though I was loosing my mind because nobody had an answer or knew what to do. I was a "medical mystery" to them for all of these years. My symptoms just kept getting worse over time. I was extremely irritable, couldn't sleep or eat, nausea, diarrhea, night sweats, bloating, painful sex and my body hurt all the time. My periods would be twice a month for over a week at a time, very heavy and would cause me to be bed ridden if not wrapped around the toilet most of the time. I was at my wits end, I had no life anymore and I felt like a used up lab rat.

Thank God my husband was so understanding and did not give up hope in finding someone to help me. I was scheduled for a partial hysterectomy a week before finding Dr. Kanayama on the internet under endometriosis specialists. When I read the testimonials it was like looking into a mirror. If it were not for my husband calling Sabrina and getting me in as soon as they did, I would have had another surgery with hormones and still living the nightmare.

Dr. Kanayama, the surgery you performed on me has given me my life back to enjoy once again. You have a gift and I hope that other Doctor's can learn from you and your knowledge of endometriosis so that others do not suffer needlessly the way some of us have already. The Greenwich hospital and staff in CT. are outstanding and I thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. On behalf of my family and I, we are forever grateful to you Dr. Kanayama. Sabrina and staff you are truly angels on earth!

Ann Marie

I am extremely grateful to Dr. Kanayama and members of his team. Dr. Kanayama treated my illnesses and the surgery he performed has changed my life. I have my health again. My husband and many family members and my church are amazed by how quickly I recovered from my surgery. Many people prayed for me, Dr. Kanayama, his medical team, my surgery and my recovery. God heard and answered so many of our prayers.

I had been praying for quite a long time (a little over three years) to find the right doctor to treat my fibroids. As time passed, I knew my condition was getting worse. I was told my only choice was to have a hysterectomy since I "no longer need my parts as I was done with childbearing and it was just easier to have the hysterectomy, and I would lessen my chance of getting ovarian cancer." I was a little scared by what I was told, especially about the ovarian cancer, but I just didn't feel right with that doctor's reasoning. Some of my co-workers and some friends were told the same story by their doctors and they went the hysterectomy route but didn't want to go that route. I kept praying God to send me to the right healer.

One day a church friend told me of her endometriosis and her experience with Dr. Kanayama. She went to Dr. Kanayama about two years ago and he performed surgery and she only had good things to say about him. She gave me his contact information and suggested that I see him. As my friend was telling me of Dr. Kanayama, my heart did a small leap and then a sense of peace filled me and I felt Dr. Kanayama might be the right healer. By the time I heard about Dr. Kanayama, my body was swollen, from my face to my feet. I couldn't do my exercises and more because i had no energy and my abdomen had gotten quite large. I suspected that it was my fibroids doing something to my body but I didn't know what. I also didn't know I had illnesses in me until dr. Kanayama examined me.

With fear and hope, I called Dr. Kanayama's office and spoke with Sabrina and asked if Dr. Kanayama will see patients with fibroids and she said "yes" and I was given an appointment right away. After hanging up the phone, I broke down in tears with relief and with thanksgiving. At my appointment, Dr. Kanayama, struck me as a very compassionate and humble person, dedicated to healing the female body by addressing illnesses. He was very calm, unhurried and he listened to my concerns and worries and passionately answered my questions. It had this great sense of wellbeing within my heart that I finally found the right healer.

My surgery was on January 10, 2008. My surgery was under 4 hours and I had close to 100 stitches. The surgery was performed at the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. This hospital looks more like a health spa resort. The hospital is very clean and the nurses are excellent. I stayed overnight at the hospital and went home the next day. I returned to work 4 weeks later with light duties and no heavy lifting for at least another 2 weeks. I resumed many activities 4 months from my surgery date.

I am deeply moved by the amount of strength, mental focus, patience, stamina, skills and dedication required of Dr. Kanayama and his medical team for each surgery they perform. It is no easy task and each surgery is unique and with its own set of challenges. Dr. Kanayama truly is a physician chosen and blessed by God. Dr. Kanayama also has the best nurses and Sabrina is amazing. You have the feeling that they are all there for you. Thank you, Dr. Kanayama, for being there for me. God bless you and the members of your team.

Victoria Lau

My experience with Dr. Kanayama, his staff and the staff at Greenwich Hospital has been only a great one.

When my gynecologist found 4 and 5 cm. chocolate cysts on my right ovary, she told me unless I wanted to undergo a full hysterectomy, that I should come back in 5 months to see if they might have gone away. I decided to find a specialist on my condition, because I knew chocolate cysts do not disappear on their own, and a hysterectomy was not an option for me, I was only thirty four years old.

After some research, I called and met with Dr. Kanayama who patiently and tentatively listened to my situation, and after examining me, he assured me that he could carefully and meticulously remove my endo and cysts through laparoscopy while still maintaining my reproductive functions. I was so relieved to hear this that I decided to let Dr. Kanayama take care of my problem.

After my laparoscopic surgery, we found out that my endo was one of the worst cases he had seen, but Dr. Kanayama had performed such a remarkable job that it's hard to believe how severe my condition was. Prior to the surgery, the pain of endo took over my life for more than a week every month, but now, instead of lying or having to sit down all the time from pain, I am up and around doing everything I could not do before.

I can not thank Dr. Kanayama enough for giving me my life back and I thank God for having met him, his kind staff, Peggy and Sabrina and Greenwich hospital. Thank You!

Elizabeth Kim

That Was Then... Today we have a voice. Today We Have Hope!

Over the course of 20 years I watched my entire world slowly collapse on me, but that was then.
My day started like that of any other typical 15 year old. As I smiled at my outfit choice, as I thought to myself, "today is going to be a great day at school". Halfway through the day, as I sat in the principal's office, waiting for my Dad to show up I remember thinking, "Life is not fair". In the end it was decided, other girls my age dealt with their period and they didn't miss so much school. We left the office, my Dad with a reassuring arm on my shoulder. Nothing was said but we both knew the outcome. No matter how bad the pain, I simply couldn't miss even one more day of school this year. Mine was an unknown, unaccepted, and misunderstood disease.

As I look back, I think about the years, how they take so long and yet they go so fast.

I was in my early twenties, a few weeks after my 2nd horrific surgery. I sat in yet another office for what began to feel like routine judgment. This time it was the office of my OBGYN. She was a busy lady with a thriving practice. She said I was healing fine and as she wrapped up our consult she mentioned I have Endometriosis. The questions began pouring out of my mouth. "Endo what?" She said it's too complicated and simply sent me home with a video, that she believed, would explain it all.

The years and the half-a-dozen plus surgeries that followed were painful even sometimes unbearable but if I could take back only one day it would be the day THAT doctor left me hopeless.

According to the video and our follow up there wasn't much to be hopeful for. I would probably never have children and if the pain became too much there were shots and hormones and hysterectomies. But that was then. I endured some treatments (never hormone shots) and many surgeries and from time to time THAT doctor would tell me if there was any hope of having children I should try before I'm 30. What did I care; I was single, riddled with pain and hopeless. Eventually the pain branched out and became unmanageable. In my mid 20's I revisited THAT doctor who happily informed me that the "new" pain in my lower left abdominal area couldn't be from endometriosis. She recommended I seek out other types of doctors. Oddly, my hope began to return. But after countless dead ends, tests and years I found myself back in this woman's office. Hopeless. She was quite angry to see me. I mean who was I to second-guess her? As I left her office sobbing her receptionist hugged me and slipped me the name and phone number of her OBGYN up the street. It was, however small, a beginning.

I was slowly learning that I have choices. When the pain returned again 6 months after my 7th surgery (1st with this new doctor) I started managing my pain with hospital visits, heavy medication and sedation. As I entered my 30's childless, I lost the drive to keep my business going. I wondered if I had saved up enough to live off of until perhaps one day the pain subsided.

My Mom showed up at my house one morning to comfort me. I sat in her arms and cried for what seemed like years. "One more surgery my Laura Lee?" I knew that I had to find answers. Time was running out. Yet I refused to believe that this was it for me. I met with a dozen specialists I studied and learned and asked questions. I became my own best advocate. If they said, "try hormone shots" I left, if they said, "remove my reproductive organs" I left.

Then one day in October 2006 a complete stranger gave me the name of the endometriosis specialist that changed the course of my life. Dr. Kanayama, his staff, their dedication gave me a chance to relive that one hopeless day almost 20 years ago.

Today I live in New York with my wonderful husband Jimmy. This October we are happily anticipating the birth of our 1st child. To all the women who have and still suffer with Endometriosis I say, "That was then. Today we have a voice, today we have hope!

Laura Baldi-Kuhn

Today is the day I start anew.

After living with endometriosis for more than half my life, I am confident that after Dr. Kanayama's help I have finally found some peace.

My pain began at the age of 15. My first surgery was at the age of 18 after a massive endometrioma burst and lead me to the emergency room. My life as I knew it had changed forever. I was a dancer at the time and had to give up many of my dreams due to pain and doctor's orders. Right away doctors explained I was a unique case, more severe than any they had ever seen. Over the next ten years, I tried birth control pills, Lupron, and two more surgeries. After blood in my stool and the pain became unmanageable, I decided to get an ultrasound to reveal once again I was riddled with multiple endometriomas. At that time, I was engaged to be married so I decided to take council with an infertility specialist in NJ who claimed to have extensive experience in treating endometriosis. He performed a laparoscopy and suggested Lupron again. I had such depression the first time that I declined and continued to tread on. I was given a five-year window before my next surgery was needed, and I only made it to two. The endo was so ramped in 2 years the NJ Doctor decided on a laparotomy in hopes to save my ovaries in order to start the Invetro process (I had lost my fallopian tubes, due to endo in the prior years)

After the laparotomy, the pain did not get better, it actually got worse. After taking over-the-counter pain relief medicine on a daily basis, I decided to go back to the doctor for his council. An ultra sound revealed an 8 cm endomtrioma, as well as a few others scattered throughout. The doctor suggested the dreaded hysterectomy, and that's when I hit bottom.

Now, at the age of 31, I realized that maybe the NJ doctor wasn't for me. I began my research again and found Dr. Kanayama. I knew I had to meet with him and within the week I had an appointment. He performed an ultrasound and found my 8cm endometrioma had grown 2cm in one month. I could see his concern for my health. He was concerned for me, not my "chance" for conception. It was such a welcomed comfort. Dr. Kanayama was fighting for my quality of life!

We did surgery 2 weeks later and it lasted 6 hours. The Greenwich Hospital and staff made things very comfortable. Dr. Kanayama came to me after with the shocking news that the endo and scar tissue had completely bound my bowels, ovaries, uterus and urethra together. He felt it had been that way for at least 5 years. This was something my past doctors seemed to neglect to tell me or lacked the ability to diagnose. It was no wonder bowel movements were painful to nonexistent over the past few years. The urethra was being squeezed by the endo explaining why urination felt like it was pulling my bladder apart. My hips were locked up because the muscles were being pulled by the scar tissue and endo. My belly was distend and hard as a rock due to all of this malformation.

Dr. Kanayama separated every organ in my pelvis and removed endo that no other doctor had even seen. Today I feel like my past was just a nightmare. This is what my life was meant to be. This is how my body was meant to work. Thanks to Dr. Kanayama and my changes in diet, I have a bowel movement twice a day without blood. Urination is painless and my belly is flat, supple and pain free!!! It's funny how these simple bodily functions make me utterly ecstatic. I also teach dance and pilates and have found new freedom of movement within my body. My hips are free and movement is a joy rather than struggle.

As someone who has been to hell and back with this disease, I wish I had found Dr. Kanayama at the age of 18, but I didn't. That fact does not sadden me because my past no longer matters. Today is a new day and if my testimonial can help one woman from going down a long unnecessary fight against this mysterious disease then all my pain, all my heartache, and all my tears have not been shed in vain.

Thank you Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, and Greenwich Hospital Nurses and Staff for all you have done. You are my heroes!

Coreen Quagliano

I owe a great deal of thanks to Dr. Kanayama. I have been through 10 years of pain from endometriosis. I have been treated for infertility during a long, frustrating and painful 4 and half years, with the end result being 2 miscarriages and anaemic looking, green complexion from all of the blood tests, the terrifying hysterosalpingogram that made me think I might be dying from the pain that ensued just after and the numerous hormones that were being prescribed for me. All the while, I was telling my doctors that I thought I had endometriosis. The answer was always: " ...let's deal with the fertility issue, since you have a really high FSH for a woman in her early 30's, and clearly are at the end of your fertility years, and then we will deal with the endometriosis". I saw 3 different doctors within this period, even a "specialist" in endometriosis.

This past year I moved to New York. I had entirely given up on having a baby, but realized that as the years went along, my pain was increasing and becoming unbearable, including constant bladder pain, intestinal pain and monthly periods so painful, I had been rushed to the hospital 3 times.

I googled infertility, endometriosis, NYC and I came upon Dr. Kanayama's website. As a very cautious person who doesn't put much trust in websites, I began calling everyone I knew who could give me information on this doctor before I went on for an examination. I am a pretty good networker and the general response from some very reliable sources was: "...not only is he a good doctor, he is a good person".

I can confirm. Not only do I feel in the very best of professional hands when I go into his office, but from day one, I understood that he would always take the time to listen to me and answer any questions I may have. Indeed, my first visit with him lasted longer than any medical visits I have ever had. His staff is just the best. Sabrina is always the kindest and most helpful person, who also takes the time necessary with me so that I understand everything, including my insurance issues. And his nurse, Kathy, is an angel. Both of them make me feel like I am hanging out with friends rather than going to the doctor's office.

Dr. Kanayama knew right away that I had endo from examination. He said a laparoscopy would be in order to understand the extent of it and treat it at the same time. That day, the thing that most reassured me was that this was clearly the doctor I had been searching for for so long; one who not only understood my pain, but devoted his entire career and indeed his life to this specific pain that haunts so many of us and takes away our well being, and in so many cases, our fertility.

I had the laparoscopy done in Greenwich Hospital, most definitely the most comfortable, clean well-staffed hospital I have ever entered. I was treated like a queen for the day, and recovered within about 3-4 days. I had stage III endo and Dr. Kanayama completely excised it, including that which was embedded in my intestines and my bladder. My pain, now 4 months later, is gone! My bladder pain is completely gone, my intestinal difficulties are completely resolved but, to be honest, I wouldn't know really if my excessive menstrual pain has disappeared because I AM 2 AND half MONTHS PREGNANT with what, on the sonograms appears to be a very healthy little tiny future screaming baby! My own natural baby, after 4 and half years of trying and hearing from a previous doctor that my only hope was an ovule donation.

Not only is he a good doctor, he is a good person and he really came through for me. Perhaps you believe in miracles. I don't. I believe in good hard work. I believe in science. This doctor has both on his side. Of course, if you DO believe in miracles, I don't know how my story could be anything less than one.

Jodi

I initially went to see Dr. Kanayama after enduring an extremely painful, unnecessary surgery performed by a doctor who had very limited knowledge of endometriosis. Being a young woman I was concerned about my fertility and was also experiencing severe post-surgical pain. I knew I needed to seek an expert in the field of endometriosis.

I began to read about Dr. Kanayama online and knew he was the doctor I wanted to see. I called his office and was able to get an appointment immediately. I couldn't believe it. My first appointment was refreshing, both Dr. Kanayama and his staff were amazingly helpful. I was able to meet with Dr. Kanayama in his office for almost an hour; he answered all of my questions. They provided a caring and comfortable environment which I greatly needed after my horrible past medical experiences.

With Dr. Kanayama I was treated as all patients should be treated but often aren't - with respect and dignity. My treatment later involved surgery at Greenwich Hospital, a hospital unlike any I have ever experienced. The facility was state-of-the-art and matched the quality of service I experienced at Dr. Kanayama's office. The hospital staff was delightful. I was made to feel as though I was the only patient in the hospital, not one of many patients shoved in a corner.

After my surgery I continued with regular follow-ups. Dr. Kanayama and his staff have continued to be available and helpful post-surgery.

I cannot express how much I appreciate the care I have received from Dr. Kanayama, he has given me hope. I continue to see him as I am convinced I am in the best of hands.

Ashley

After many years of suffering with endometriosis, the disease began taking over my life. My husband Bryan desperately started doing research trying to get me help. Having already spent many frustrating years trying to have a child with no luck, endometriosis had not only impacted my fertility but also my overall quality of life. After years of trying to get help from other physicians with very, I repeat very minimal success I began feeling extremely hopeless. That was until the morning Bryan called me at work and told me about Dr. Kanayama's website. We were very intrigued and I immediately called and spoke to the "oh so sweet" Sabrina. (As you will hopefully learn Sabrina is the best, you will love her.) After this conversation with her I can truly say I had my first glimmer of hope and immediately scheduled an appointment. Later that same evening I did the same you are doing now and began reading through other patients' testimonials. I knew I was finally where I needed to be.

I was amazed by my initial consultation. Dr. Kanayama's knowledge of endometriosis was astonishing and I scheduled laparoscopic surgery. The surgery was a success with a diagnosis of stage three endometriosis (ovaries, bladder, rectal, urethra and colon). I now go back for routine checkups.

In the meantime, my husband and I explored alternative ways to building our family. We have been patiently waiting over three years with an adoption agency. If you believe miracles please proceed...

My husband and I joyfully received the news that we are pregnant. Yes pregnant! Although it is still the early stages of the pregnancy, things are looking healthy and we are ecstatic to share that we are having twins.

Aside from my endometriosis Dr. Kanayama diagnosed and treated other gynecologic issues that had substantially affected my previous fertility. We do know we have been blessed with a true miracle, however we are certain Dr. Kanayama is to thank for our miracle babies.

I now want to take a moment to say if you suffer like myself with endometriosis Dr. Kanayama is your answer. As my husband and I say he is the "miracle doctor". Good luck to you!

P.S. I would call Sabrina.

Jodie and Bryan Boccard

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

My name is Jason Young, recently I spent some time reading your website testimonials and letters from some of your patients. I found myself getting more and more emotional as I read, how you have changed these woman's lives forever. I thought to myself how lucky these women are to have been able to get the help they needed from you. I also noticed that all of these letters told their story on what they have been through. So I thought I would also write to you, but instead of this letter being written by my wife or after the surgery, I wanted you to know more about my wife, so you can better understand how we came to you, and why we are so excited about what the future holds.

So who is Merri? Well she is the granddaughter of Theodore and Zelda Gold and Teddy and Pearl Zalesne.

She’s the daughter of Kenneth and Marsha Gold; she is the sister of Dana
Pringle, she is the wife of Jason Young, she is the mother of Ryder Young, she is the niece of aunt Sherry and uncle Michael, aunt Carol and uncle Mark, aunt Sharon and uncle Steve she is the cousin of David, Jordy, Jonathan, Eric, Jason, Becky, she is an aunt to Noah, Jayke, Jordan, Mckenzie, Delaney, Hunter, Logan, Dillan, Jebby, Emerson, Justin, and Dyllan. She is the sister in law to Thor and Robyn, Shane and Kimmie, Erik and Jodi, Kelly and Pete, Kristine and David, Kim and Ron. She is the daughter in law to Cookie and Car1 and Herb and Jean. She is the best friend to Nancy and Jill, and she is the friend to hundreds more that I dare not attempt to write them all down.

She is my best friend, the woman I will spend the rest of my life with. She is the girl who no matter what song comes on the radio, it is her favorite song, she is the girl that knows all the camp songs from her childhood and still loves to sing them, she is the girl who would take every animal that needed her help and keep them, she is the girl who thinks she is the best car dancer ever in the world, she is also the girl that I have seen suffer for the last 12 years that I have known her for, with this disease month after month. She is the girl that I sit and watch her roll on the floor crying in pain, asking GOD for help. She is the girl who has to plan and re-plan everything she does around her pains; she is the girl who has to watch 1ife pass by her, because she cannot go to the wedding or the party, the park, the store or a walk with her son all because of these pains.

She is also the girl who refused to listen to the doctors who did not believe her, she is also the girl who refused to stop trying to get help, even after every surgery left her a little more broken, she is the girl who got us to you!!! So the reason I am writing to you is simple, I wanted you to understand that Merri is a fighter, and I wanted you to fight for her in that operating room.

When you heal my wife, you will be changing her life, and touching everyone else's in this letter. In closing I want to say thank you for the hope you have given us and the life that is to follow. MAY GOD GUIDE YOUR HANDS IN THIS OPERATION AND BLESS YOU FOR TRYING.

Sincerely,

Jason Young

I was diagnosed with the high possibility of a fairly large (10.6 cm x 6.6cm) chocolate ovarian cyst by my OB/Gyn in Shanghai in early October. She recommended that I have this removed in Shanghai as soon as possible, but for various reasons I decided to look at my alternatives before having anything done. All I can say, is that I am so glad I did.

While I can only begin to grasp all that Dr. Kanayama did for me during my surgery (which ended up being far more than removing one chocolate cyst), it is very clear he did a most exacting, thorough and excellent job. I felt like I was being treated by someone of the caliber of Yo Yo Ma...but in clearly quite a different field.

Naturally, I wouldn't wish gynecological surgery upon anyone, but if someone did need both trustworthy and reassuring advice plus a surgeon with the highest of skills and reputation and not to mention humility, then I would absolutely recommend talking with Dr. Kanayama.

The surgery was highly non-invasive, especially considering the approximately 4 hours it took to complete. I took basic pain killers for one day after the surgery and did not need to take anything more after that first day. Recovery was basically very quick and I had no complications. While it may seem strange to say, as far as surgeries go, I feel it was a dance. Both the facilities and staff at Greenwich Hospital are top of the line and only added to my feelings of being totally relaxed while preparing for surgery.

As I had to make all the arrangements from abroad, Sabrina was totally indispensable in terms of getting everything ready from insurance questions, to surgery dates, to simply answering the many general questions I had about the whole procedure. She was consistently patient and helpful in whatever way she could be and simply added to the smoothness of the entire process.

Overall, I simply feel very fortunate to have heard about Dr. Kanayama. It didn't take me long to realize that he was precisely who I needed to be under the care of.

Sarah Elliott

Ever since I can remember, I have always suffered with pains during my period. I just thought that was a normal part of a woman's cycle, and dealt with it as best I could. As I got older and pain became worse, it started to interfere with daily activities and my way of life.
When this began to happen, I knew it was more that "just a period" and struggled to find answers.

May 2008 was my brother's wedding. It was a beautiful night, and I will never forget it. The following morning, however, something was not right. I woke up from pain, but this was a different kind of pain, I was now experiencing severe spasms. I got home and was completely bedridden for one week straight. I had sharp spasms shooting through my rectum and pelvic area. The spasms came every few minutes, almost like contractions. The pain was debilitating and walking was an obstacle. The pressure I felt in my pelvic area was that intense. I was in pain for about a week.

I made an appointment with a gynecologist that was highly recommended by a friend. The doctor told me it sounded like I might have endometriosis, but never confirmed it. He did an ultrasound, but picked up nothing. Confused, I asked about my options. He told me I could take birth control, get depo shots, or go on lupron (which would put me into menopause for 6 mos.). I was only 24 years old at the time, I could not even imagine going into menopause. I was also told that I could continuously take the pill and never allow myself to get my period. I asked how that could be healthy for a female and his answer was that a woman only needs to get her period 4times a year. He said that suppressing ovulation and getting rid of a period meant suppressing pain. Upset by these options, but given no other alternatives, I decided to give birth control a try. I was frustrated because I was never given an answer and wanted to get to the bottom of this issue. I took the pill for two years, but the pain was still there. Losing hope, I stopped the pill and just dealt with the pains every month.
As each month passed, the pain became increasingly worse, and I was now experiencing this before, during, and after my period. After my period was the absolute worst. I experienced spasms that lasted for 4 to 5 days at a time. This forced me onto a heating pad every month. No medication could help me. I began to revolve my plans and events around this pain because it consumed my life that much. Only one week out of each month I was pain free. The anxiety accompanying these pains put so much stress on me mentally and physically.

This led me to another doctor in June 2008. I explained to her my symptoms and she too said the same things as the previous doctor (it sounded like endo, but was not sure). She also did an ultrasound, and picked up nothing. She mentioned a laparoscopy and treating it with a laser, but advised me the tissue would grow back if I did not treat myself with lupron soon after. I could not even imagine the side effects of forcing someone into menopause. This went against my beliefs and did not sit well with me. I did not feel at ease leaving the office, and once again left with no answers.

June 200P, I decided to give one more gynecologist in my area a try. He too was highly recommended, only this time by one of my relative's doctors. I was told by this doctor that I had "Mittleschmertz" which meant pain during ovulation. He said he did not think I had endometriosis because I experienced a majority of my pain after my period. He explained that someone with endo typically has pain during their period and its baffling that I have it afterwards. He did not do an ultrasound; instead he highly recommended depo while telling me the same thing as the other two doctors. I came home with another prescription for birth control that day because, I felt that was my only option. However, something inside me told me there had to be an answer and a better way to solve this problem. I got home and threw the perception in the trash. This time, instead of giving up, I told myself that this was the last time I was going to leave a doctor's office with no answers.

I came home and did my own research. At that moment, everything changed for me because that was, when I found Dr. Kanayama. I called the office and Sabrina was so nice in getting me an appointment right away. I was nervous upon my first visit, but felt at ease at the same time. I just knew I was in the right place. During my consultation, Dr. Kanayama wrote down my information as I described everything I was feeling. Upon examination, he was the first and only doctor to confirm my endometriosis during an ultrasound. Through this, he was also able to tell me that it looked like Stage III and that I had this well over ten years. I was also diagnosed with adenomyosis. He told me I needed to be treated, which meant surgery. I became emotional, but knew I was in good hands.

The surgery was at Greenwich Hospital in CT. The hospital was amazing and the staff was extremely caring and considerate. One nurse tried to help calm my nerves up until I entered the operating room. After the procedure, Dr. Kanayama informed my parents and boyfriend that I had Stage III endometriosis and he was able to get all of it.

The road to recovery was an easy one. The day following the procedure, I felt better than expected. I did not have to take pain medication. I was a little sore, but it was nothing intolerable. My first period following the surgery was not like the others at all. The cramping was minimal, and once again, I did not have to take medicine. I could not believe it.

Dr. Kanayama is inspired by these words upon entering the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD: "Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden. And I will give you Rest." (Matthew1 11 :3) This quote undoubtedly describes everything you have done and all that you continue to do. You have truly been blessed with a special gift to heal. I often wondered and prayed that I would one day find an answer and be given proper treatment. I found you. Thank you for restoring my health. I will always be eternally grateful to you and all that you have done for me.

Josephine Prinziyalli

My life has been restored to me because Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina & the other staff were willing to be conduits of God. My diagnosis was very complex in nature, everything from fibroid tumors, chocolate cyst, endometriosis, an Ovarian mass and a uterus that had to be reconstructed. After numerous medical opinions I decided to travel a distance to see Dr. Kanayama and allow him to conduct this major surgery. To illustrate how complex the surgery was, another doctor (who was highly recommended) informed me that he may have to give me a complete emergency hysterectomy in order to save my life. Moreover, Dr. Kanayama was the only doctor that gave me hope that I would be able to keep my reproductive organs and even have children. And this hope transformed into reality because the surgery was a miraculous success! I also appreciated the accessibility of Dr. Kanayama and his staff; they made me feel like family; during pre-surgery, surgery and post surgery.

Therefore, I highly recommending the Endometriosis Center for care; in fact, my sister was so impressed by the excellence that Dr. Kanayama and his staff exhibited (pre-surgery, surgery and post surgery) that she decided to fly a distance to also be under his medical supervision. I will continue to recommend relatives, friends and colleagues to Dr. Kanayama regardless of their location. Moreover, Sabrina was definitely an instrument of peace and a wealth of knowledge; if she did not have an answer (which was rare) she would track it down and notify me promptly. Also I have found that Sabrina knows more than my insurance company. For me, knowing that I could count on Sabrina to filter through the insurance maze afforded me the blessing to prepare for the surgery and really rest throughout my recovery period.

I would be remiss if I did not also thank Dr. Kanayama for selecting Greenwich Village Hospital for the surgical procedure, what a top notch hospital staff!

In closing, I am so thankful to God that Dr. Kanayama sees challenges as opportunities to do wonderful exploits. I will be forever thankful ... and so will my children to come.

Sarah

Dr. Kanayama gave me hope. I'm 21 years old and was in pain for 7 years. My pain started when I was 14 and I was put on birth control. The pain always continued even after trying 8 different birth control pills and many different pain medications. I wasn't diagnosed with endometriosis until I was 18. Before then, no doctor would listen to me until they actually saw the skin tissue coming out during menstruation. I had 3 laparoscopies when I was 18 and each time the endo spread even more. I went from stage 1 to 4 in 8 months. How confusing is that? I was 18 and my doctor told me that I should get pregnant because it was spreading fast and I was going infertile. All that I have ever wanted was to be a mother and the thought of that never coming to pass was my worst nightmare. Until..........

I found Dr. Kanayama last year. If you are looking for answers, he is your guy. He explained that the reason it was spreading was because of the laser. He explained how he would be able to go in and cut this disease from the root because it was literally drilling into my organs. Dr. Kanayama can see the endometriosis from a sonogram. He is absolutely amazing and I truly believe that he saved me. After so many years of pain and surgeries I was in such a deep depression. Upon my first visit with him my mental state actually improved.

He performed surgery on me in May of 2009. I have been pain free since then. Everyone at the hospital was so nice. They answered all of my questions. They explained to me how Dr. Kanayama takes his time and that they've seen him work on a patient for over 6 hours just to make sure everything is out. He showed me the pictures from my surgery and this disease was everywhere, even in my back. Finally I had an explanation for the back problems and the bathroom problems. Also, I had this weird symptom where my calves would hurt so bad the week before my period to the point where I couldn't sleep and now it's gone. The headaches are gone and the fatigue has improved greatly.

My experience with Dr. Kanayama has been a blessing. Sabrina is truly an amazing woman that works in his office. She answered all of my questions and never had a problem helping me. I called her for so many things and she was so caring and understanding. Sabrina submitted all of my paperwork to my health insurance and was able to get everything fully paid for. I can't begin to express how grateful I truly am for everything,

If you have endometriosis, then you know what it is like to be completely lost/confused. The pain is horrible and no one ever understands. Dr. Kanayama understands every worry no matter your age or what stage, he takes you seriously. You can tell just by meeting with him, that he can make things better and that he is genuine and one of a kind.

Roxanne P.

I had what I refer to the "tri-fecta" of female reproductive problems. I have endometriosis, fibroids and adenomyosis. In the past, I had doctors insist that they saw no reason for my chronic pain. It was suggested that the pain was imagined or some form of stress. Some years back, there was another specialist (who will remain nameless), who performed my laparoscopy with excisions. I was told that I was endometriosis free and would not have any more problems. I felt really good for a while, and then slowly, the pain returned. Every month, it was a little bit worse and lasted a little bit longer. I contacted the doctor that did my last surgery and he insisted that my fibroids were causing me the pain and there was no endometriosis. I found this peculiar since when he did my surgery, he refused to remove the fibroids because "they were too small and are not the cause of the pain and to remove them will create unnecessary scar tissue".

I saw several other doctors who either passed me off to other doctors or who wanted to do extensive, unacceptable surgeries. For instance, one told me that my pain was an inguinal hernia and he wanted to go in and sever my nerves. He insisted that this would make the pain more tolerable. Another kept questioning my decision to delay having children, suggesting that now would be a good time to get pregnant (I am in my twenties, unmarried and in school). When I continually refused, he insisted that a hysterectomy was my only other option. When I refused that option, he suggested a surgery for the fibroids, but told me that I would be incapacitated for about 6 weeks. Desperate, I turned to the internet once more and tried to find a doctor that specialized in my situation. I found Dr. Kanayama's website and saw his name appearing repeatedly on other forums and sites.

I did some research on Dr. Kanayama, and after speaking with my parents decided that it was worth speaking with the doctor. Sabrina, the doctor's assistant was really good about getting me in to see the doctor since I had to travel and was working with time deadlines. I was able to see the doctor and felt very comfortable with his knowledge and just his manner in general. I felt like for once, I was being listened to and not just patronized. Leading up to and following the surgery, the doctor was kind enough to take my calls and explain and answer any questions that I had. He reassured me that I was in good hands. I am definitely grateful for the doctor and his staff because they were very supportive and helped me through another very difficult period in my life.

Veronica S.

If you’re looking for a miracle Endometriosis Doctor, look no further than 150 East 55th Street. I found Dr. Kanayama in March 2008, after 2 endometrial surgeries, a failed IVF and hope for having my own child had been lost. My first endometriosis systems started about 15 years ago; I only recently started experiencing severe endometriosis symptoms in late 2006. For years I was treated with birth control pills to suppress the endometriosis systems which were thought to be just heavy menstrual cramps.

Later, it morphed into ovarian cysts and colon and intestinal complications. After being disregarded by my own OB/GYN’s due to my problems involving colon issues, I was referred to a GI specialist and went through numerous colonoscopies, until one of the colonoscopies detected a large mass which the doctor researched and though it may have been endometriosis.

This doctor had never actually seen this in a patient, so I was then sent to a proctologist. From there, the proctologist found nothing (due to the timing of menstruation and the visibility of the mass), so i was sent away with still no answers.

I started doing my own research and found that all the symptoms I was experiencing appeared to be associated with severe endometriosis (including endometriosis of the colon). I called my OB/GYN and requested a laparoscopy to be done, and sure enough, she found that it was very severe and she couldn’t treat me.

I was then referred, to a specialist that was supposed to be amazing with the laparoscopy and who would preserve my reproductive organs, due to my desire to have children. I had my second laparoscopic surgery in April 2007, and was diagnosed with stage IV Endo. I was told my 8 hour surgery was a great success and I could start trying to have children...with one catch, I needed fertility assistance. I turned down the treatment because I was under the impression that having this surgery should just less complicate my chances in conceiving.

Months went by with no success along with the return of my painful menstrual cramps and colon troubles, so I decided to seek fertility assistance. I was told by the previous surgeon that if I didn’t conceive in 6 months after my surgery, the chances were very slim that I would ever have children.

I ended up seeing two fertility specialists, one of them wanted to treat me with Lupron, and the other IVF. At this point, I was convinced by the fertility specialist and the FSH level tests they had done that my time for children was about to run out, and IVF would be my only chance for a child of my own. I was told that my odds with IVF would be about a 25% success rate (but it was better than nothing at all). This brings us to February 2008, my rock bottom. I was in the middle of my IVF cycle when I was told they were going to cancel the IVF because my ovaries weren’t responding. They switched me IVF to Artificial Insemination, and now my chance of any success was lowered to 5%. At the end of the cycle, I started having my worst endometriosis pains ever due to all the fertility drugs.

I became really depressed when I later was told there were no more chances for my own child; if I wanted a child, I would need a donor egg w/IVF. I couldn’t believe the news, and thought how can this be happening, why did I go through all of this pain for nothing. I decided to do something about it. I went on the web to seek out a top endometriosis specialist. I came across Dr. Kanayama’s name as one of the top 5 Endometriosis doctors. I continued my research and found his website and read through the testimonials and was amazed at how many people took the time to share their experiences with Dr. Kanayama and how similar their horror stories were to mine. I shared my findings with my husband because I was a little hesitant of traveling out of state for a doctor and never imagined being in a situation like this. We ended up convinced that this man with the great credentials had to be what we were looking for. I called the next day and spoke with Sabrina who was very attentive, informing and compassionate about my problems. I was able to get an appointment in a week (which is unheard in Pittsburgh for a specialist). When we arrived at the office, the staff was so caring and kind that I felt like I had been a patient there for years. Dr. Kanayama was able to quickly point out all of my endometriosis, and I had no doubt that this is where I needed to be and wanted the surgery immediately. I had my surgery at Greenwich Hospital (which like the other testimonies, it does feel like you are visiting at 5 star hotel). The hospital staff was exceptional, and I received the best care. My surgery was about 8 hours and instead of the norm of being hurried out of the hospitals, I was even asked if I needed to spend the night. I received the finest care the entire extend of my stay. The next day I visited Dr. Kanayama in NYC, and he went over the extent of my endometriosis, and gave me a bunch of photos for my records. He told me that he had removed several years worth of untouched endometriosis (my previous surgeries were pretty much worthless) and he was able to remove about 95% of the Endo. I still have some remaining Endo in my colon, which due to the extent of the colon surgery required to remove, and my desire to have children, it was best to wait until we tried for a child first.

With Dr. Kanayama’s approval, we started trying to have children in June 2008, and I am very happy to say I now have a 3 month old healthy, happy baby boy. I feel extremely blessed. I am very thankful for this opportunity to have my own child and for meeting Dr. Kanayama. To go from never being able to have my own child to 6 months later becoming pregnant is truly unheard of to me, but this man is a miracle doctor in my book, and I will forever what he has done for me and my family.

Leilani S.

It has taken me almost 10 months to write this testimonial as I could never quite put into words the incredible impact Dr. Kanayama has had on my life. I had stage III endometriosis when I first visited his office last fall and, from diagnosis through surgery and beyond, Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and the entire team at Greenwich Hospital have been beyond amazing. Through their medical expertise, encouragement and emphasis on empowering patients with knowledge, I feel great physically, but I also feel better emotionally. They have given me back control of my life for which I am forever thankful.

Best,

Alice

Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and the NY Endometriosis Center (The Miracle Team)

Dr. Kanayama is the only doctor out of the 14 I have gone to, who understood the ramifications, effects and symptoms of Endometriosis. This angel is an asset to his industry and the epitome of the word doctor. With not a trace of the "god like" complex, and the most outstanding bedside manner, he is the only specialist who chooses to explore and conquer the complications of this debilitating disease.

Dr. Kanayama should not only be known as an OPTION in every physicians, pediatrics and gynecologists office throughout the world, he should be placed on a pedestal and given the highest respect and gratitude.

For the first time since the onset of menstruating, the pain that "just comes with being a woman" is gone and I am free of the crippling side effects. It is 100% possible to feel no pain and trust this miracle doctor and his staff that will above all else, listen and take the time to help you heal.

Sabrina: A "God-Send" to all the women who are treated at NY Endometriosis Center. This woman not only does her job with work ethic that you cannot find anywhere, anymore, she is a vital part and the pulse behind the team. Not one task is too much for her and her intelligence in her field is comforting. I would have not been able to get through this experience without her expertise.

To the staff and Doctor Kanayama

Thank you for being you!

Kathleen Cassidy

My experience with Dr. Kanayama was nothing short of life changing. I am 26 years old and have been suffering from endometriosis for ten years with absolutely no relief in sight. Having this disease has made me feel completely helpless and took so many years from me. As soon as we were in contact with Dr. Kanayama, we had an appointment the following week. During my first appointment he was able to feel the endometriosis just by examining me and showed me the growth of the disease on the ultrasound machine. Contrary to previous diagnosis, Dr. Kanayama was able to tell in the first couple of minutes that I was riddled with the disease at stage 3 or 4. Consequently, by the first 5 minutes of knowing him I had complete confidence in his practice and was impressed with his understanding and knowledge of the disease. During each visit he took time out to articulate the disease verbally and visually to ensure that I understood.

This had been my frustration; prior to being treated by Dr. Kanayama, I was examined 4-5 times a year by other gynecologists and each time they said I was in perfect reproductive condition and as "clean as a whistle". Not until my second laparoscopic surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst, did my previous gynecologist find endometriosis. He was sure prior to the surgery that I did not have endometriosis because he couldn't feel it during examination and couldn't find it with the ultrasound. Even after the surgery he misdiagnosed the severity of the disease, I assume due to lack of knowledge, telling me I had a minor case. I was given a small pamphlet on the disease and according to them, the next course of treatment was Lupron. I must say, logically I was leery of inducing menopause with the strong possibility of Lupron having little to no effect on the disease. The "treatment" options only seemed to solidify a hopeless condition. We simply couldn't believe these solutions as the only options, so we researched doctors until we found Dr. Kanayama.

The surgery at Greenwich Hospital was better than I expected. I felt comfortable and confident that I was going to have a safe and successful operation. Greenwich hospital is by far the most highly technological medical institution I have seen. The environment was more like a nice, serene hotel than the loud, stressful typical hospital. The hospital staff was friendly and professional. The nurses at Greenwich Hospital praised Dr. Kanayama's work telling me several successful stories. I am now reaping the benefits as Dr. Kanayama was able to remove the entire disease through advanced laparoscopic surgery.

Overall, I do not know what I would have done if we didn't find Dr. Kanayama. I am finally able to live my life like a healthy 26-year-old. I am looking forward to beginning a Master's degree program and eventually pregnancy. I don't have to take this disease into consideration each time I have to make decisions. Most importantly I have my life back. I am so grateful to Dr. Kanayama and his office for their sympathy and relieving me of this disease.

Elena Fichter

I am 25 years old and have been dealing with pain from my endometriosis for about 9 years. It started out as just cramps during my period that would be relieved with the use of over-the-counter medication. It progressed to the point where I was using several types of pain medication prescribed by my OBGYN that barely worked. I just knew something was wrong, something that the doctors weren't seeing.

I had been suffering from headaches, fatigue and abdominal pain and just knew it all had to be related. However, through all the tests and numerous doctors appointments I was always told that everything was normal. It wasn't until I started trying to conceive that the doctors began to believe that maybe something was wrong with me. I was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist who performed a LAP with laser and diagnosed me with endometriosis, Stage 3. She told me that she had gotten rid of all my endometriosis (later I found out the laser barely breaks through the surface of endometriosis) and that she wanted to put me on Lupron for 6 months. After researching Lupron I knew it wasn't the right choice for me. The doctor told me that my only chance of getting pregnant was through IVF. She reassured me that endometriosis and miscarriages were not related.

After going through IVF, I got pregnant and shortly had a miscarriage. The pain from the endometriosis got so severe I knew that it had to be on my bladder and rectum because I was having so much pain going to the bathroom. My RE reassured me that it was only on my uterus and not to worry. After reading so many stories online and seeing so many women with endometriosis having miscarriages after miscarriages and LAPS after LAPS (with laser), I just knew that somewhere there had to be a better way to treat this disorder. The doctor told me that there was no other way to treat this disorder, but I was determined to find an answer, so I began to do research.

After researching numerous doctors I came upon Dr. Kanayama's website. I immediately picked up the phone and spoke to Sabrina, the office manager. After a few minutes of speaking with her I knew I found my answer. She asked me if I wanted to speak to Dr. Kanayama. I was so taken back. I thought to myself he has never seen me before and he's going to speak to me on the phone now. I can't even talk to my regular doctor on the phone; they always put me on the phone with the nurses. Dr. Kanayama answered all my questions and explained to me how endometriosis and miscarriages are related, and that the only proper treatment of endometriosis is through excision. I was so excited, for once it seemed like someone knew the answers, so I called my family members to tell them the good news.

My first appointment was amazing. Just sitting in the office and listening to all the stories of what everyone had been through and their successes with Dr. Kanayama was such a relief to finally feel like I was at a place that finally understood m. Dr. Kanayama was able to locate the endometriosis right from the sonogram machine and was able to pinpoint all the areas where I was having pain, just from the exam. That was amazing. In the past I was told that endometriosis could only be seen through surgery, but Dr. Kanayama explained that a doctor would need to have a high quality sonogram machine and be well-trained to detect the endometriosis in this manger, combined with a meticulous pelvic exam to detect endometriosis nodules. He went through everything about the surgery and explained the benefits of his technique, as compared to the way most other doctors treat this disorder. I was in his office for about forty-five minutes and even though his waiting room was full of people he never once looked at his watch or made me feel rushed. He took his time and kept asking me if I had any more questions.

The day of the surgery was wonderful. Greenwich Hospital was breathtaking. I felt like I just checked into a hotel. I didn't even feel like I was in a hospital. This was definitely the nicest hospital I had ever seen. My whole family was impressed. The nurses were wonderful. Nurses almost always have difficulty starting my IV and they usually just jam it in. The nurse here wrapped my hands in a warm wet towel to help the veins come to the surface. I felt like I was at a spa. The trick worked and my IV went smoothly. The anesthesiologist was great. He came to the room and answered all my questions. He escorted me to the operating room and told jokes the entire time to take my mind off everything. Dr. Kanayama also came to see me and went over everything again before the surgery. He checked on me several times throughout the day to make sure everything was going smoothly.

At my follow-up appointment I was amazed how caring he was to make sure everything was healing well. He spent about 20 minutes just cleaning the incisions and putting special tape on them, so the scarring would be minimal. In the past my last doctor barely checked my incisions. My scars are so minimal, about the width of my pinky nail and turned back to my normal skin color after only 3 weeks. In the past my scars were red for several months. Dr. Kanayama diagnosed me with Stage 4 endometriosis. He said the endometriosis was all over my uterus, ovaries, bladder, fallopian tubes, rectum, urethra and intestines. I asked him if he believed that it was just on my uterus when I had the last surgery about 8 months ago like my other doctor said. He said that it was definitely all over everything. He said that he didn't believe that it could have spread that fast.

I am so grateful for Dr. Kanayama. He is truly a Godsent. He said he had to cut through 5 layers, but he was able to remove it all. He took over 50 pictures, where my last doctor only took 8. The pictures of the surgery were like night and day. You can definitely see the success of the surgery from the pictures.

It has been a little over 3 weeks since the surgery and I felt extremely optimistic for my future. Dr. Kanayama had given me great hope. He said he will continue to monitor me and that I will have about an 85% chance of conceiving naturally!!! I am looking forward to fulfilling my dreams of having a child and of living a life free of pain. My only wish is that I would have found Dr. Kanayama sooner. I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he has done for me.

In addition to Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, the office manager, has been wonderful. She has helped me deal with my insurance company to get them to cover the cost of the operation. She definitely went above and beyond her job to help me throughout the entire process.

Thank you to everyone at the New York Endometriosis Center!

Danielle

After four surgeries in one year to help rid me of endometriomas and scar tissue I was told by my doctor at the time there was nothing more he could do. That to manage my pain I would have to take a depo shot every month or stay on birth control, or get a pain inhibitor to block it out. I chose to stay on birth control and not have periods, which seemed totally unnatural and strange. However I no longer had to deal with super painful periods each month and that was good. I still had some residual pain over the years that could be managed by stretching or a good workout.

However, several years later my normal routine that seemed to help keep my pain away was not working, it also begin to interfere with my ability to work, up to the point where I had to take a leave of absence. At this time I found Dr. Kanayama. I called there office and Sabrina walked me through the steps of how to get Kanayama covered through my insurance. After my first visit, Kanayama concluded that he would like to perform surgery and he believed I would be pain free afterward. I had surgery about a month later, the healing time for me was a lot easier than they have been in the past. Today I feel great. I can't say enough about how amazing my experience was here, Dr. Kanayama listened to me when other doctors said nothing was wrong, and his staff is so kind, helpful and supportive. THANK YOU!!

A.S.

Dr. Kanayama has become an inspiration to me. He is one in a million. I know this because I have been treated by that million! After dealing with such a ridiculous amount of doctors, there is not one that holds a candle to Dr. Kanayama. Before seeing him, I had never been treated seriously, and was often disregarded by my doctors. I have even been accused of faking my symptoms, threatened with surgery as a means to get me to "fess up". As a future doctor, in the field of women's health, I can only strive to be has of the doctor that this man is. He is gracious and caring, brilliant with an incredible lack of arrogance. Instead of prescribing Vicodin and handing me referrals, he walked me through my first 3D sonogram, pointing out and explaining exactly what I was looking at. He drew pictures of the body and of Endometriosis, showing my family and me exactly what was going on in my body. I was not shooed out of his office, by encouraged to ask questions, not one of which wasn't answered thoroughly. Dr. Kanayama has not only saved my life, but at the age of 20, has given me a future!

At the age of 19 and 6 months after my fourth surgery with my second surgeon, I was college bound to the University of Texas A&M. Within 2 months, I became very sick, sick being an understatement considering I couldn't even keep water down and had basically given up on eating. After losing 15 pounds, putting me at a scary 97 pounds, my girlfriends took me to the hospital where I was hooked up to an IV. After rehydrating me, I was released only to come back twice more that same month. Wanting to become an Infertility Specialist myself, my GPA mattered. I couldn't afford to lay in bed and hospitals all day, missing class.

Consulting my Infertility Specialist back home, I was told it was impossible for the Endo to have come back. I was written a referral to a Pain Management Specialist, which I quickly crumbled up and threw away. All the doctor's wanted to do was give me pain medicine. Siding with the doctor that maybe it wasn't Endometriosis, but something else, I sought out my Family Practitioner and a GI Specialist. I had extensive blood work done, and Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, CT scan, and an MRI. All telling me nothing is wrong with me. I began to think that I was crazy. Did I want to be sick? Was I making myself sick? What kind of lunatic person wants to be sick? As awful as it is, I prayed for my tests to come back abnormal. I needed justification for my symptoms.

Through Texas A&M, I was given the opportunity to study at a University in Italy for the summer. I had filled out all of the information except a medical release form that my doctors refused to sign. With my head hung over the toilet, I began to talk to myself. "Nothing is wrong with you, you're crazy. You're not really nauseous. Stop doing this to yourself." When this obviously didn't work, I decided I was going to accept that I was sick, that this was simply going to be my quality of life. During this attempt at gaining some sanity, I realized that by accepting my way of life, I was giving up on my dreams. How could I get through Medical School when I couldn't even get out of my bed? How could I, honestly, do anything?

During a research project for a Medical Terminology Class, I began to look into Endometriosis, where I realized how much I didn't know about the condition. I was a textbook case. My symptoms had never changed and the only thing that matched every symptom I had were those listed on Wikipedia and every other website Google had to offer on the subject. Why I had never thought of Google.

Endometriosis is beyond me, but this is where I came upon Dr. Kanayama. After emailing my Mom his website, I was regretful. What if we went all the way to New York, and spent all of that money, only to come away with nothing? I couldn't bear to sit in another doctor's office, hearing that nothing was wrong with me. Behind my back, my Mom filled out the information on Dr. Kanayama's website and sent it. That was a Sunday, and first thing Monday morning, Dr. Kanayama's receptionist, Sabrina, as sweet and caring as can be, called. My Italy trip was cancelled, my finals moved up a week, and I was off to New York to see Dr. Kanayama.

While Dr. Kanayama didn't know it, seeing Endometriosis on my Uterus on the screen of my sonogram and hearing him tell me that I had Endometriosis was the best day of my life. What he was really telling me was that I wasn't crazy. There was something wrong with me, and he was going to fix it.

I was scheduled for surgery at the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. Like Dr. Kanayama and Sabrina, the hospital was unbelievable. After surgery, I received a handwritten, very personal letter from the Anesthesiologist and the O.R. Nurses of Greenwich Hospital, all of whom I have a very vague recollection of. They truly made me feel special.

Dr. Kanayama diagnosed me with Stage III Endometriosis. The pictures he took during surgery were horrific. I couldn't believe what the Endo had done to me. It was such a violating feeling, having something foreign inside of your body, destroying it. The damage that the Endometriosis had caused in only a year's time was devastating.

It has now been 2 months after my surgery and I am me again. I haven't missed a day of school or work. At the end of the day, I even have the energy to go out with my girlfriends! I don't feel the pain, I don't throw up, and I eat whatever I want! Endometriosis no longer controls my schedule, my life, or my future. Thanks to Dr. Kanayama, I am free, healthy and NORMAL! He has given me my life back.

Megan C.

I am so grateful to be a patient of Dr. Kanayama. For years I struggled to find answers to my pain. This past year I saw 5 different doctors who did not believe my symptoms. One of them even suggested I was a hypochondriac.

I came in to see Dr. Kanayama after a friend suggested I see a few NYC based doctors that specialized in endometriosis. The day I called Dr. Kanayama's office, Sabrina (his wonderful secretary) quickly gave me an appointment for the next week. I was at ease once I had this appointment done.

The day I had my first appointment I was seen very quickly. Dr. Kanayama and his nurse were very thorough during my visit. During my pelvic exam Dr. Kanayama immediately found I had excess tissue in my uterus and that it was severely inverted. He said the cause was endometriosis. I was relieved to know he found the source of my pain. Of course, I was frightened though Dr. Kanayama's positive attitude calmed me.

Once we decided on a date for surgery Dr. Kanayama informed me that in his patients there was a low recurrence of endo after surgery. Two weeks passed and I had my laparoscopy. Turned out I had stage 3 endo with a polyp in my uterus as well. Dr. Kanayama not only eliminated all my endometriosis and my polyp, but he also took care of my uterus, which had been severely inverted due to the condition. After surgery I felt fine and two days later, I was fine to walk slowly.

It has been almost two months since my surgery. Dr. Kanayama has not only rid me of endometriosis but has somehow given me my life back. I have more energy and am pain free. I can say that Dr. Kanayama places his patients first, which is a blessing. I owe him and his staff a great debt of gratitude.

Carla Lopez de Azua

Many women with endometriosis are convinced there's nothing they can do about it. They resign themselves to a life of monthly menstrual difficulty for which they believe there's no solution - that is, other than painkillers and the heating pad.

As a 46-year-old woman who has suffered pain associated with endometriosis, I can tell you how I finally dealt with my endo. I'm a pretty determined person, and when I want something, I will find a way to get it. In the case of my endo, I wanted relief from what had become an intolerable two weeks a month of debilitating pain. I resolved to find an expert and the expert I found was Dr. Kanayama. My recent visit to him and subsequent laparoscopy at Greenwich Hospital have meant the difference between managing my endo successfully - and not.

My situation had progressed to the point where one day in August, I woke up in the morning with pain so bad that at first, I though I had injured my back lifting something heavy. But then my period started and I realized that this along with the discomfort I had experienced for nearly two weeks was beyond what anyone would consider normal. It was just too much, and that's when I made up my mind to find an expert as I mentioned previously.

To further complicate matters, I also have an auto immune syndrome known as mixed connective tissue disorder (MCTD). There are many forms of auto immunity falling under the wide umbrella of rheumatoid ailments, including lupus, scleroderma and Crohn's disease, and these are genetically passed. For instance my grandmother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and may have passed along a gene for my inherited MCTD. My symptoms range from feeling a little tired each day to extreme fatigue and faintness on other days.

Thankfully, there are a couple of medications I can take to help keep things on an even keel and under control. That said, my MCTD combined with endometriosis had been quite debilitating at times, and it had become a life issue. At this point, I felt like I had no choice by to locate someone who could help me manage this.
I was lucky to find Dr. Kanayama because he recognizes that if a person has one of these disorders, it will most likely exacerbate their endometriosis. This was true in my case and he astutely factored all of this into my overall treatment plan.
Dr. Kanayama had devoted his practice to helping women deal with the often debilitating disease of endometriosis. His focus is strictly on endo and he has perfected the treatment of it. Unlike the series of ineffectual GYNs I saw two years prior, Dr. Kanayama is incredibly knowledgeable about the disease. He knows what it looks like, even in the very beginning stages, and he knows how best to treat it at each individual stage.

Dr. Kanayama was able to inform me about the progressing and severity of my endometriosis even before he actually observed it during my outpatient laparoscopy surgery at Greenwich Hospital. In advance of the surgery, he saw that my endo had been around for approximately 10 years, and that it was at stage on a one to four progression. During the surgery, he was able to confirm all of this.

Dr. Kanayama is most assuredly the country's best endometriosis specialist. I have observed him to be a discriminating perfectionist with every detail. From my initial meeting to my surgery and my post-op visits, I have found him to be not only a gifted practitioner, but also a warm and compassionate person with whom to consult. In addition, I found it comforting to know that he only performs surgery at Greenwich Hospital. Compared to the treatment one might receive at some other hospital facilities, Greenwich Hospital is like a dream.

I would recommend Dr. Kanayama to any woman suffering with endo. You owe yourself the gift of the best possible care. No matter how far your situation has advanced, Dr. Kanayama will be able to help you. And you will be far off knowing where things stand so that you can take the necessary preventive measures to improve the quality of your life in the future.

Tina H.

After years of struggling with infertility; one failed IUI after another and 2 unsuccessful IVF attempts I knew something was very wrong. After consulting with Dr. Kanayama I realized my infertility was not unexplained after all. Truth is I had extensive stage 2 endometriosis and never knew it. I was fairly asymptomatic - basically just suffered from menstrual cramps and lower back pain prior to my period. But what I didn't realize is that this disease was affecting my ability to conceive. Dr Kanayama proceeded to skillfully and properly excise the endometriosis and a cyst hidden between my ovary and colon.

Since my operation, my periods have been cramp free, I no longer have lower back pain and overall I just feel "me" again. Dr. Kanayama has renewed my faith in medicine due to his kind and caring demeanor and his meticulous attention to detail and overall professionalism. Not only has Dr. Kanayama healed my body but he has healed my mind as well allowing me to have faith again that one day I will be a mother. Thanks to Sabrina as well who has made the billing process smooth and painless; guiding through the ups and downs of the insurance world. She has been an amazing emotional support to me as well always being my cheerleader and rooting me on towards motherhood! The support is much appreciated. Thank you!

Lynne Yuster

I thank god for meeting Dr. Kanayama every day. He was the miracle that I prayed for. I was told by many doctors that I would never become pregnant.

I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis in 2003 at age 30 and by then I was going through my second surgery {laparoscopy} within the space of two months. During this time I was very traumatized and depressed, it seemed as if there were no solution to this disease. By January of 2004 I was told I had to do another surgery because I had two large endometriomas on both ovaries. This just made my world fall apart. I visited doctors among doctors, I searched far and wide but they all were negative and wanted to rush me into doing another surgery, this time a hysterectomy.

Eventually I did the surgery but requested that they did not remove any of my organs since they were not damaged. This surgery never made a difference, I was now flat on my face. The endometriomas were back within six months I could not go through this again. I prayed and prayed for a miracle and miraculously I found him, Dr. Masahide Kanayama. He is the best. He is very spiritual, hopeful, encouraging and very thorough. He is the best in what he does and his staff is very courteous, attentive and caring. I thank him and appreciate him more than he will ever know, he made it possible. I am now four months pregnant and by god I owe this all to him. If there is anyone who needs to trust someone and have confidence within a doctor you need to see Dr. Kanayama.

My prayers are always with you and the staff, I am most gracious and thankful.

CD

I have been dealing with endometriosis for over 20 years. I always thought I had endometriosis. I had all the symptoms, yet every MD I saw never gave me the diagnosis. My first GYN visit, in my early 20's I was told to learn to live with the pain, having a baby would solve my problems. I learned to live with the pain and kept my distance with MD's. I'd just go for annual checkups and didn't bother to discuss the pain associated with my periods, since it was something I learned to endure. In my 30's, I was experiencing heavy bleeding during my periods, leaving me anaemic. The MD at that time gave me a birth control pill. I could not tolerate the pill, when I called the doctor to advise him, I was experiencing difficulty breathing and my heart was racing, I was dismissed, told to see my primary care doctor since I could not be having these symptoms from the pill. The primary care doctor, since the bleeding was still heavy, sent me for a transvaginal ultrasound, that test came up with nothing.

No one on the team of MD's I saw could explain why I was experiencing this heavy bleeding. I was sent from another GYN to see a GI doctor. I had a colonoscopy which came back fine and was diagnosed with IBS. The medication I was given kept making me sicker and sicker. I could not eat, the pain was too painful to endure, and it was round the clock. The GI doctor kept trying different medications to treat IBS, none of them worked. I spoke to several MD's for consults. One MD asked what the GYN said. I told home I was checked out by GYN and sent to GI. I saw another GI doctor for a 2nd opinion. This MD listened, and told me he would find the cause of my pain. I was sent to upper GI work up. The radiologist discovered that my problem was not GI but GYN and sent me for a transvaginal ultrasound. I had an ovarian cyst resting on my intestines. I went back to the GYN and had surgery to remove the cyst February 2002. At that time, after the removal of the cyst, I was told to the surgery was extensive and I receive the diagnosis of endometriosis. After the surgery I felt great, I could eat again and the pain was gone.

But then I started to feel symptoms return. The GYN insisted that my symptoms were not related to the endometriosis. In 2006 I was feeling the symptoms back full circle, so I insisted to be sent for a transvaginal ultrasound. I had the test and it came back with a chocolate ovarian cyst. The GYN said it was small, so he suggested I take the pill. I was apprehensive since I didn't have a good experience before, but was told this pill was very mild not to worry. I took the pill in August 2006 and lasted on the pill for 20 days. The MD's continued to tell me to take the pill, my system had to adjust. I stop the pill against MD orders. I had terrible shortness of breath, I walked a block and had to stop to catch my breath, I saw an immunologist that sent me for a CT lung scan, which came back fine. She sent me to see ENT I have no idea why. My blood pressure spiked to 160/100. I now saw a cardiologist and was placed on hypertension medications.

My heart continued to race and I had shortness of breath that I could no longer walk up a flight of steps without stopping to catch my breath. The cardiologist gave me an EKG and it came back fine. The cardiologist sent me to endocrinologist and he discovered that my adrenal blood was running high so he sent me for an MRI of the adrenal gland. That test also came back fine. In 3 month he retested my blood and it came back fine. They wanted to put me on another pill, a channel blocker, to stop the heart racing, which I refused to take. Totally disgusted with not being diagnosed, I went to see another immunologist that sent me to see a pulmonologist who yet again wanted me to have a series of tests since the breathing test were coming back fine and he could not explain my shortness of breath. The GYN was sending me every 6 months for a transvaginal ultrasound. Every time it showed I had a chocolate cyst but the cyst remained the same size. The last time I spoke to the GYN he was very condescending and dismissed me telling me to see my GI doctor. I saw a GI doctor and he sent me for an abdominal CT scan, as a precaution, since he thought my symptoms were related to the endometriosis. The abdominal CT scan came back fine. At a loss I asked him for advice, what should I do, he said either see your GYN or get 2nd opinion. I opted for the 2nd opinion.

I contacted the Endometriosis Association and received material of several doctors. Dr. Kanayama's bio stood out. I opened his website - the quote on his website reads: "Come unto me, all ye that weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew, 11:3)

I knew before I saw Dr. Kanayama he was the answer to my prayers. I called to schedule an appointment and didn't have to wait months, like I did to see other MD's. He saw me within a week. His office manager Sabrina epitomizes his philosophy - compassion, treating a patient as a person and not a number. Sabrina also impressed me with her knowledge of endometriosis: she has more knowledge than the team of MDs I have been seeing over the years at one of the top three Medical Centers in NYC.

Dr. Kanayama a skilled, knowledgeable, compassionate gynecologist was the answer I needed. He didn't dismiss my symptoms, with compassion he listened. A transvaginal was done at my first visit by Dr. Kanayama in his office. When I had the internal he immediately felt the endometriosis. He also said my shortness of breath could be a result of endometriosis on the diaphragm. The first time an MD had an answer. Within a few weeks I was scheduled for surgery.

I was lucky; I had the first surgery of the morning. The day prior to surgery, i received a call from a nurse at Greenwich Hospital telling me what to expect and was ready to answer any questions I may have. I arrived at Greenwich at 5:30 am, I was the only one on the premises and a guard greeted me and directed me to where I had to go. At 6 the receptionist arrived. I was registered and taken to my room by 6:30. A nurse greeted me; she was friendly and you at ease. She told me don't bother to remember her name since she would not be my nurse. Bernadette was assigned to prep me for surgery. I felt like I was checking into a hotel. A private room with a bath and a bed.

The last time I had this surgery I was asked to get changed in a room with lockers that had a bench for you to sit on, after you were changed, you waited in your gown in a waiting area sitting in a chair with all the other patients waiting for surgery.

Bernadette gave me pamphlets to read while I waited; a gown and slippers to put on.

She took blood and urine sample while I rested in a bed waiting for surgery. My heart was racing, so I had an EKG, another friendly care giver entered the room to give me the EKG. While I was having the EKG the anaesthesiologist came to my room to explain what he would do, the risks involved and obtained my consent. He was very upbeat, had a sense of humor and put me at ease. At 7:30 Dr. Kanayama's physician assistant came to bring me to the OR. She too was friendly and put you at ease, she made sure I'd have a blanket in the OR since the OR was cold. I was greeted by Mary, the OR nurse who checked that I was the right patient. Dr. Kanayama greeted me and asked if I had any last minute concerns. That is the last I recall of the OR.

I woke up in recovery to be greeted by another friendly nurse asking me my level of pain and giving pain medication accordingly. I was wheeled to my room where my mother and sister were waiting. I was tired and sleepy. Bernadette went off duty at 2 and said she'd call me tomorrow. Sarah, the nurse assigned at 2 also was pleasant, she was concerned; I had to go to the bathroom, but felt too dizzy to walk to the bathroom, so she got me a bedpan. It took me 2.5 hours and 3 times to make it to the bathroom on my own. While I was resting, a nurse would check my pressure and pulse. At 4:40 pm I was discharged and wheeled by wheelchair to my car. Like clockwork, Bernadette called me the next morning to see how I was feeling.

I have been working in the Health Care Administration for over 20 years and was impressed with the Quality and Excellence of patient Care provided at this hospital. This just demonstrates the way I was treated and the care that was provided by Dr. Kanayama and his team at both the Greenwich Hospital and his NY office.

My only regret is that I did not have the good fortune to find Dr. Kanayama sooner. I know in my heart, that if he had performed my first surgery in 2002, I would not have had to endure the constant pain and array of doctors whom, frankly, I found, didn't have clue of how to treat me. The only MD from the assortment of professionals was my GI doctor who listened, took precautions to rule out a GI problem and gave me the best advice he could have. I am also confident in knowing that this will be the last surgery I'll need to treat endometriosis.

I wish to thank Dr. Kanayama and his fabulous medical team for the superb medical care I received and continue to receive during follow up visits. I cannot thank Dr. Kanayama enough for not only his skill as a fine medical doctor and surgeon, but for his compassion and manner of how he treats you as a person. Dr. Kanayama is the answer to all those suffering with endometriosis. A rare precious gem. I am so glad Dr. Kanayama is teaching his exceptional skills and talents to fellow GYNs so the medical community can be educated about this disease and those suffering with endometriosis can be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.

WITH SINCERE THANKS FROM A VERY THANKFUL PATIENT.
Warmly,

Diane Peechic

After a frustrating year of trying to solve my endometriosis, I discovered Dr. Kanayama through his website. From day one his manner, his staff and his treatment has been top notch and better than I have received for endometriosis to date. From the first day that I called his doctor's office I have received patient, understanding and knowledgeable help. Dr. Kanayama and his staff have taken the time to explain the condition, the treatment and the health insurance situation. All of this made dealing with endometriosis bearable. The surgery itself was 10 times better than I had previously experienced. The hospital and staff were incredibly nice and made the whole experience almost a pleasure. I was up and walking the day after the surgery and my recovery was half the time it was from the other laparoscopy surgery I had previously had.

My previous experience with other doctors was not pleasant. I had an ovarian cyst removed in February 2007 and the doctors treating me at the time told me removing the cyst would solve the problem. Unfortunately, that was not the case and six months after the surgery I began experiencing pain again and was informed that another larger ovarian cyst had formed. The doctors informed me that only viable treatment would be to either get pregnant or take Lupron. I knew that neither of these options seemed reasonable and began researching my options. Thankfully I found Dr. Kanayama who talked me through endometriosis and explained things more clearly than other doctors ever had. I would recommend him to anyone with endometriosis.

Thank you,

Emily Hampton Manley

I have had endometriosis for almost 20 years, and in that time, have endured botched surgeries, misdiagnosis, arrogant doctors, horrible drug trials and most of all, endless pain., therefore, I do not give out accolades lightly.

BUT, Dr Kanayama is the rare and surprising result of excellent bedside manner meeting medical brilliance! I cannot thank him enough for my past and ongoing care!

I was put at ease almost instantly the first time I ever called the office. I was given undivided attention and an appointment right away. I think the moment you walk in, the almost zen like atmosphere takes over and you know you've made the right decision.

I was told for years that the answer to my problem would be to have a hysterectomy. I am so glad I did the research and found Dr Kanayama, as he explained in detail why this was not the answer. He used diagrams, case studies, photos, even his own drawings on his medical pad! The clarity was amazing and I think for the first time in this whole ordeal, I understood what was going on with my body, but more importantly, so did my doctor, and he was going to do everything in his power to try and fix it.

You can ask anything and get replies in laymen's terms, so that you understand. Even after the initial visit through post -op, you are given priority. If you call or need an appointment, Dr. Kanayama will call you back himself or have his office get you in immediately. I know there are many other patients at this practice, but somehow I always feel like I am the only one.

I think most doctors are quick to give out drugs, but this office advocates better nutritional practices and vitamins and supplements to help ward off the return of the disease. I admire that they are in it for the long haul, not the quick fix.

I would also like to add a note, that if you should decide to do surgery with Dr K, you will be pleasantly surprised at the hospital care you will receive in Greenwich - it was like being at a 5 star hotel!!

I would also like to thank the staff at the office. Sabrina is an absolutely lovely individual who made this journey just a bit easier, either with her kind words, or her time in helping me figure out all of the confusing insurance banter, and making sure I was armed to deal with them.

I am so utterly thankful and amazed at the same time. My endometriosis is clear - done with a minimally invasive procedure. I ask myself why everyone who practices gynecology, especially those specializing in endometriosis are not studying with Dr .Kanayama, and I hope you take the time to meet him before you decide on your care.
Thank you,

Cristine Shea

I am writing this because words cannot express the love and the respect that I have for Dr. Masahide Kanayama (an endometriosis specialist in New York). My story is long and painful, I was at the bottom... I have literally given up all hope when I was sitting at Starbucks of all places and was listening to some woman talk about her newborn and what a miracle and blessing. I have been desperate for a child for years so I decided to be bold and ask her since I have had 5 failed IVF treatments.

She then proceeded to discuss her endometriosis and since I have never been diagnosed I automatically knew that the symptoms I have been experiencing were the same. I finally contacted the office and was greeted by a very compassionate woman named Sabrina who listened and understood. She gave me an appt right away.

Within the first visit I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis with my uterus being pulled to the left. I was scheduled for surgery almost immediately. All of this came as a great shock to me and was a little overwhelming. I had a lot of anger towards the IVF center knowing I had endometriosis and continuing to take my money without notifying me that the chances of getting pregnant were lower and the chances of holding on to the pregnancy were lower than that. I decided to go ahead with the surgery. I am now 6 months post op and 3 months pregnant naturally...

Thanks to Dr. Masahide Kanayama and his amazing team. God Blessssss

Katie

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the fine work of Dr. Kanayama and the New York Endometriosis Center.

A former New Yorker now living in Charlotte, NC, I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst in November 2007; the surgery to remove the cyst also meant the removal of my right ovary and fallopian tube and the ultimate diagnosis of Endo. My doctor told me that she got it all, and after a few months of birth control I was told that everything looked good and we were cleared to start trying again to become pregnant.

I started feeling familiar pains on my left side in late July 2008. I returned to my doctor in August, who confirmed that the Endo had returned, causing a 10-cm cyst on my ovary, and that I would need to have the ovary and the tube removed and that should probably have a hysterectomy as well. At the age of 32 and desperate for a different answer, I found the New York Endometriosis Center through a Google search. I immediately filled out the contact form and within minutes I spoke to Sabrina, who could not be any nicer. She assured me that I could see Dr. Kanayama as soon as I could get a flight to New York.

Within 10 days of my initial contact I was sitting in his office. Dr. Kanayama spent an hour - a whole hour! - with me and was thorough, kind, and reassuring that there were definitely other options - I would not need to lose my ovary and definitely not need a hysterectomy. He also let me know that his was not recurring Endo, but that the disease had always been present and had been left unaddressed by my gynecologist. All those months I was told I was fine; that we could get pregnant - that was not the case. Never in my life have I been so glad I listened to my family and sought a second opinion in New York City. We booked the surgery that day for 2 weeks later.

It will be one week tomorrow since my surgery and everything went very well. Dr. Kanayama was able to remove the cyst, reconstruct the ovary and remove all the Endo (Stage IV) that has been plaguing me for years. Greenwich Hospital was amazing; I have nothing but the best things to say about my experience.

When we saw Dr. Kanayama in New York the day after my surgery, he sat down with my husband and me and reviewed the procedure, complete with lots and lots of pictures. He answered all our questions and believes that we still have a good chance at pregnancy; but most importantly I am healthy and so very grateful. I only wish I would have found him sooner!

If anyone who reads this had received a similar diagnosis and radical treatment approach, believe me when I say that miracles do happen and there are always other options. It is definitely worth the trip to New York!

May God continue to bless Dr. Kanayama and the people at the New York Endometriosis Center and Greenwich Hospital!

Jennifer Breuer

I am nineteen years old and I suffered from endometriosis for about five years until I met Dr. Kanayama. I was unable to participate in any type of sport or activity because the pain that was in my right lower quadrant. Sometimes the pain was so unbearable that it enabled me to walk or move and I was even on pain relievers. My parents brought me to the emergency room near our house and they either said that I was stressed out or they gave me Tylenol with codeine (which basically made me sleep through the pain). I also went to about five specialists in New Jersey and two in Pennsylvania before meeting Dr. Kanayama. Only one of those doctors thought that I had endometriosis. That doctor then performed laser surgery but my endometriosis recurred six months after because he only could retrieve fifty percent of the scar tissue.

I was so aggravated at all of the doctors around my house that I started going online trying to find the top endometriosis specialists. Most of the doctors that I came across were either far away or they were not knowledgeable on the topic of endometriosis. I started talking to local doctors and people in my town and that is when I found this lady who is also suffering from endometriosis. We started talking about our experiences and then she told me that she goes to this doctor in New York who is a true endometriosis specialist. So I decided go call the doctor's office and make an appointment to see of he could help me. A few weeks later, I went into New York to meet Dr. Kanayama. His office was welcoming, especially his staff.

Dr. Kanayama performed an ultrasound in his office and found out that I had advanced stage endometriosis. He suggested that we operate as soon as possible and explained all of the details of the operation. His technique was different from all the other doctors that I went to because he was actually going to cut out all of the endometriosis. I thought that this was excellent so I set up a date for surgery. Dr. Kanayama works in New York City but performs surgery in Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut.

Greenwich Hospital was so beautiful and clean that it looked like a reception hall. Everyone working in the hospital was friendly and welcoming. Before going in for surgery the anesthesiologist came to my room where I was waiting and introduced himself, which was comforting. At all times during my stay in hospital a nurse was by my side. Another positive aspect about Greenwich Hospital was that each patient had their own room.

The next day after surgery my nurse called to make sure that everything was alright. I never had a nurse call me the next day after leaving a hospital. I was so surprised but glad that someone took the time to actually see how I was feeling. After surgery, the first week was the worst, then it gradually became better and I started to feel like myself again. It was a miracle, the endometriosis pain was gone. It is now four months after surgery and I can hang out with my friends and participate in activities without becoming sick. I want to thank Dr. Kanayama and all his staff for their hard work and dedication in making each day pain free.

Ashley Lincroft, NJ

My name is Megan Antonucci and I am living proof that Dr. Kanayama is a true healer of endometriosis. Two years ago I started noticing a large lump in my lower abdomen and was quite concerned. After visiting my primary doctor I saw the gynecologist who informed me that I had an endometrioma and would need an operation to take it out. I had a laparotomy in October 2008 that removed the chocolate cyst and the endometriosis through laser treatments. After surgery she told me that she was able to save my left ovary and that she was unsure how functioning it would be. I felt okay for about a year and I started feeling pain everyday much greater than period cramps.

In December 2009 I had another surgery, this time a laparoscopic procedure again by my gynecologist. At this point she informed me that my fallopian tubes were completely wrapped around my uterus and I wouldn’t have my period again until she saw that I was pain free for a year. Not even a week later I was in so much pain that I had known the procedure had not worked. My gynecologist told me that it was a bowel obstruction from the surgery but I knew my body. After several calls to Dr. Kanayama’s office I decided to make an appointment regardless of the fact that it was not covered by my insurance company. At my first appointment he told me that he did not see a left ovary and I found this hard to believe because my gynecologist told me that she had saved it during my first surgery. I knew that my endometriosis was so bad that my fallopian tubes were wrapped around my uterus and Dr. Kanayama was insistent that he would fix that. I showed great confidence in him and he never let me down.

In April of 2010 I had a laparoscopic operation done to cut the endometriosis out of me and I have never felt better. It was a very long road to recovery but I am currently working with an infertility specialist to aid in pregnancy. I never would have been able to try to get pregnant if it weren’t for Dr. Kanayama. I had stage 4 endometriosis and there is a chance that it could come back but it’s quite low. I lived in severe pain my whole life, at least since I started getting my period, which was at age 13. I am now 27 and finally am experiencing no pain for the first time in 14 years. I want to thank Dr. Kanayama for giving me my life back. I am forever indebted to you.

Megan Antonucci

Dear Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina & Staff
We are pleased to tell you that we are now parents of a healthy Baby Girl. We are sure her birth would not have happened without the surgery you performed for me in Feb. 08. My endometriosis was severe and you performed a miracle!
Thank You!
Sincerely,

Jennifer, Greg & Brooke

Dr. Kanayama,

As you know, I had been suffering from endometriosis for a long time. I sought treatment back in 2003. But that was indeed a nightmare for me. The night after the laparoscopy surgery, I immediately developed a high fever and was rushed to the ER at midnight. The doctor who did the surgery on me came in and found that the laparoscopy had caused infection and internal bleeding, and so he did another laparoscopy on me to remove all the internal bleeding and infected tissue. I was hospitalized for a whole week and it was beyond words to describe how much pain I went through.

After that, I was too scared to see a doctor again for treating endometriosis. And five years later, the lack of treatment resulted in a tragedy - I was finally pregnant in May this year, but to my great sadness, I lost it eight weeks later due to my endometriosis. I subsequently went to a specialist in a reproduction center locally. But my experience with almost reminded me immediately my terrible experience five years ago. The doctor didn't look sure and confident about what he will do. He said things may get messy during a laparoscopy surgery and he may need a c-section if he can't see through the laparoscopy. This really scared me away, and I was in an impasse.

But I was so fortunate that I found you, Dr. Kanayama, after searching desperately on the web for an expert who really specializes in treating endometriosis and can really solve my problem. With hope and expectation, I walked to your office, and with hope and expectation, O went to the surgery room in Greenwich hospital. After five hours of surgery, I woke up and learned that the surgery was a success. Through my consultation with you and this successful surgery, I am deeply impressed by your rich experience on the subject matter, by your excellent skills in treating endometriosis and by your meticulous care of your patients. This is really a strong contrast to my terrible experiences previously, and made me all the more grateful to you for all your great work on me. Now, I'm happily back to normal life, back to work, and back to my friends and colleagues. I would like follow up with you - with your help, I believe I can overcome this terrible endometriosis and have a baby in the near future. I know this is not a dream because now I am in good hands and no doubt you are the best!

With my best regards,
Sincerely,

Helen

Hello, my name is Barbara and I am 26 years old. It all started after high school when I noticed I was getting bad abdominal pains before and after menstruation. I thought it was something that would pass but 7 years later I was still dealing with this pain. It was interfering with work and my social life. Sometimes the pain was so bad that I would bend over and cry, praying out loud for the pain to stop. I had visited many doctors and they all said the same thing. I was told I had severe periods or that the pain was coming from ovulation, which is normal but this pain was far from normal. Finally, my gynecologist explained to me that I had a retroverted uterus and fibroids. I had a laparoscopy done in 2003 in which he removed the fibroids and repositioned my uterus.

Was this the answer and solution I needed? No! Seven months later I was back in pain. I was on the verge of going insane, this pain was back and at its worst. Earlier this year I began seeing a new gynecologist and he said I probably had endometriosis based on my symptoms. He then put me on birth control, which helped but 10 months later the pain was back. It was enough, I had enough of "I think" or "you might have". I needed answers and treatment ASAP. I did some research online and found the website for Dr. Kanayama.

After reading everything I called and made and appointment and to my surprise they scheduled my appointment for the following week. My first visit was great, Dr. Kanayama explained to me what I had (endometriosis) and where it was located. I also found out that my fibroids had grown back and that my uterus tipped backwards putting pressure on my spine. I knew that endometriosis can cause infertility and I have yet to have children. He assured me that he would take care of me and something in his voice assured me that he was right. I had advanced laparoscopy done just 2 weeks ago and he was right. I had 3rd stage endometriosis. With his knowledge and expertise he was able to completely remove everything. After surgery the difference I felt from the last surgery was incredible. I was able to walk around after a few hours and have not used any pain medication. Greenwich Hospital was a beautiful, modern and very clean hospital. The staff was great and made me feel at ease. They assured me that I had one of the best doctors working on me and that I would be just fine. Dr. Kanayama saved me from insanity. I highly recommend that any woman dealing with endometriosis make it their point to see Dr. Kanayama. This disease can literally control the way me we live. I have found my angel and I can't thank Dr. Kanayama enough for treating me. I will never forget this experience! I look forward to recovery, living life as I should be and starting a family.

Barbara Torres

Dr. Kanayama & Team,

WE DID IT !!!! Thanks to your help. We are over the moon with joy at Mercer's arrival. She is healthy and very sweet & cuddly. She is the spitting image of her father!

Warm Regards,

Andrea

It has now been about nine months since Dr. Kanayama literally performed a miracle, in removing a 10-cm cyst from my one remaining ovary and reconstructing it; as well as cleaning up the mess in my pelvic cavity that Stage IV Endo can cause. The prognosis following the surgery was good; I was instructed to take it easy and that our chances to conceive naturally were still thought be pretty good following the recovery period.

I could not be more pleased to announce that I am 13 weeks pregnant, and that we conceived naturally! My husband and I got to hear baby's heartbeat for the first time today and it was the most incredible experience. My new OB-GYN here in Charlotte says that everything looks excellent - and it has been a very long time since I've received such great news from a gynecologist besides Dr. Kanayama! For the first time in my life, I look forward to ultrasounds!

At my last appointment in New York I was about 5 weeks along and Dr. Kanayama gave me my first baby picture. I told him the same thing I write here - he is a miracle worker and that this pregnancy couldn't have happened had he not performed the brilliant surgery that gave me my life back. He wisely answered that this miracle has come from God. And while I believe that 100%, I must say that I would never have gotten my miracle had it not been for Dr. Kanayama and the amazing, miraculous work he does. He is an angel on earth and words cannot fully express the gratitude I feel.

I will continue to pray for Dr. Kanayama, as well as for blessings for all women that suffer with endometriosis.

Jennifer Breuer

By the time I had crossed the threshold of the NY Endometriosis Center, I had just about given up hope. Quickly, that changed. As I looked around the waiting room I saw award upon award to Dr. Kanayama - including Best Endometriosis Specialist 2005, 2005, 2007. My confidence was building.

I heard the Office Manager Sabrina talk with several patients and I could tell how empathetic she was; Sabrina routes and rallies for each patient - not only dealing with insurance companies to get the most coverage, but she genuinely cares how each patient is feeling. The waiting room was full of women actually smiling as the discussed Endo. Now I was optimistic. Now I was thinking that maybe there is a possibility I might be free from Endo after all these thirty years.

I had become desperate. I had become distressed. I had become despondent. Why? Because I'd tried everything to eliminate my Endo. Birth control pills, five previous laparoscopies from regular GYN's, Lupron injections for six months (horrible), continuous birth control pills, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, hypnosis (like it was all in my head), visualization, and then, finally, a radical hysterectomy taking uterus, cervix, both tubes, both ovaries, and "removal of some Endo". If you heard that Endo is over after hysterectomy, it is absolutely incorrect. At this point I'm depressed and miserably in pain. I googled and found this fantastically apropos quote Dr. Kanayama had on his website:

"Come unto Me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden.
And I shall give you Rest." (Matthew, 11:3)

Bingo! I found the right doctor! Laparoscopy shows Endo stage IV in abdominal cavity (which had just had Endo excised by eye, not through Dr. Kanayama's special tiny tube), Endo in my bowels and intestines too. He told me he could have saved my uterus, my ovaries, my everything. If only I had found him earlier, I would have gotten my life back years ago. It saddens me to think of all the events I could have attended, of only I had found this miracle-working Endo Specialist and my personal hero, Dr. Kanayama.

But that was then, this is now - two weeks post-op. And for the first time in thirty years of silently suffering I am finally able to say, "I am not in pain. I feel healthy." I will sing praises of Dr. Kanayama from here to eternity.

Regina S.

After being told by my gynecologist that I needed surgery again for my Stage IV endometriosis, I set out to seek a second opinion.

That's when I found Dr. Kanayama.

My experience with Dr. Kanayama and his staff has been nothing short of wonderful. His skill at removing my extremely aggressive endometriosis and the basically "pain-free" was amazing. His staff at Greenwich Hospital is made up of some of the nicest people I have met in a long time in the medical field. I felt reassured being in the hands of caring, gentle people who did a perfect job.

My recovery from this surgery compared to my previous surgery with another doctor has been night and day! I could hardly believe a few days after surgery that I had actually been in the operating room for almost 5 hours.

I am so happy to have found Dr. Kanayama. He truly is heaven-sent and women with endometriosis are lucky to have their disease be his calling.

There may be no cure for endometriosis - but I am truly thankful for Dr. Kanayama and his awe-inspiring removal technique. It is allowing me to live my life again free of pain and I have almost forgotten that I even had Stage IV.

Thank you Dr. Kanayama for giving me a new life

Isabelle Kuriata

I am 25 years old and have been dealing with pain from my endometriosis for about 9 years. It started out as just cramps during my period that would be relieved with the use of over-the-counter medication. It progressed to the point where I was using several types of pain medication prescribed by my OBGYN that barely worked. I just knew something was wrong, something that the doctors weren't seeing.

I had been suffering from headaches, fatigue and abdominal pain and just knew it all had to be related. However, through all the tests and numerous doctors appointments I was always told that everything was normal. It wasn't until I started trying to conceive that the doctors began to believe that maybe something was wrong with me. I was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist who performed a LAP with laser and diagnosed me with endometriosis, Stage 3. She told me that she had gotten rid of all my endometriosis (later I found out the laser barely breaks through the surface of endometriosis) and that she wanted to put me on Lupron for 6 months. After researching Lupron I knew it wasn't the right choice for me. The doctor told me that my only chance of getting pregnant was through IVF. She reassured me that endometriosis and miscarriages were not related.

After going through IVF, I got pregnant and shortly had a miscarriage. The pain from the endometriosis got so severe I knew that it had to be on my bladder and rectum because I was having so much pain going to the bathroom. My RE reassured me that it was only on my uterus and not to worry. After reading so many stories online and seeing so many women with endometriosis having miscarriages after miscarriages and LAPS after LAPS (with laser), I just knew that somewhere there had to be a better way to treat this disorder. The doctor told me that there was no other way to treat this disorder, but I was determined to find an answer, so I began to do research.

After researching numerous doctors I came upon Dr. Kanayama's website. I immediately picked up the phone and spoke to Sabrina, the office manager. After a few minutes of speaking with her I knew I found my answer. She asked me if I wanted to speak to Dr. Kanayama. I was so taken back. I thought to myself he has never seen me before and he's going to speak to me on the phone now. I can't even talk to my regular doctor on the phone; they always put me on the phone with the nurses. Dr. Kanayama answered all my questions and explained to me how endometriosis and miscarriages are related, and that the only proper treatment of endometriosis is through excision. I was so excited, for once it seemed like someone knew the answers, so I called my family members to tell them the good news.

My first appointment was amazing. Just sitting in the office and listening to all the stories of what everyone had been through and their successes with Dr. Kanayama was such a relief to finally feel like I was at a place that finally understood m. Dr. Kanayama was able to locate the endometriosis right from the sonogram machine and was able to pinpoint all the areas where I was having pain, just from the exam. That was amazing. In the past I was told that endometriosis could only be seen through surgery, but Dr. Kanayama explained that a doctor would need to have a high quality sonogram machine and be well-trained to detect the endometriosis in this manger, combined with a meticulous pelvic exam to detect endometriosis nodules. He went through everything about the surgery and explained the benefits of his technique, as compared to the way most other doctors treat this disorder. I was in his office for about forty-five minutes and even though his waiting room was full of people he never once looked at his watch or made me feel rushed. He took his time and kept asking me if I had any more questions.

The day of the surgery was wonderful. Greenwich Hospital was breathtaking. I felt like I just checked into a hotel. I didn't even feel like I was in a hospital. This was definitely the nicest hospital I had ever seen. My whole family was impressed. The nurses were wonderful. Nurses almost always have difficulty starting my IV and they usually just jam it in. The nurse here wrapped my hands in a warm wet towel to help the veins come to the surface. I felt like I was at a spa. The trick worked and my IV went smoothly. The anesthesiologist was great. He came to the room and answered all my questions. He escorted me to the operating room and told jokes the entire time to take my mind off everything. Dr. Kanayama also came to see me and went over everything again before the surgery. He checked on me several times throughout the day to make sure everything was going smoothly.

At my follow-up appointment I was amazed how caring he was to make sure everything was healing well. He spent about 20 minutes just cleaning the incisions and putting special tape on them, so the scarring would be minimal. In the past my last doctor barely checked my incisions. My scars are so minimal, about the width of my pinky nail and turned back to my normal skin color after only 3 weeks. In the past my scars were red for several months. Dr. Kanayama diagnosed me with Stage 4 endometriosis. He said the endometriosis was all over my uterus, ovaries, bladder, fallopian tubes, rectum, urethra and intestines. I asked him if he believed that it was just on my uterus when I had the last surgery about 8 months ago like my other doctor said. He said that it was definitely all over everything. He said that he didn't believe that it could have spread that fast.

I am so grateful for Dr. Kanayama. He is truly a Godsent. He said he had to cut through 5 layers, but he was able to remove it all. He took over 50 pictures, where my last doctor only took 8. The pictures of the surgery were like night and day. You can definitely see the success of the surgery from the pictures.

It has been a little over 3 weeks since the surgery and I felt extremely optimistic for my future. Dr. Kanayama had given me great hope. He said he will continue to monitor me and that I will have about an 85% chance of conceiving naturally!!! I am looking forward to fulfilling my dreams of having a child and of living a life free of pain. My only wish is that I would have found Dr. Kanayama sooner. I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he has done for me.

In addition to Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina, the office manager, has been wonderful. She has helped me deal with my insurance company to get them to cover the cost of the operation. She definitely went above and beyond her job to help me throughout the entire process.

Thank you to everyone at the New York Endometriosis Center!

Danielle

Many women with endometriosis are convinced there's nothing they can do about it. They resign themselves to a life of monthly menstrual difficulty for which they believe there's no solution - that is, other than painkillers and the heating pad.

As a 46-year-old woman who has suffered pain associated with endometriosis, I can tell you how I finally dealt with my endo. I'm a pretty determined person, and when I want something, I will find a way to get it. In the case of my endo, I wanted relief from what had become an intolerable two weeks a month of debilitating pain. I resolved to find an expert and the expert I found was Dr. Kanayama. My recent visit to him and subsequent laparoscopy at Greenwich Hospital have meant the difference between managing my endo successfully - and not.

My situation had progressed to the point where one day in August, I woke up in the morning with pain so bad that at first, I though I had injured my back lifting something heavy. But then my period started and I realized that this along with the discomfort I had experienced for nearly two weeks was beyond what anyone would consider normal. It was just too much, and that's when I made up my mind to find an expert as I mentioned previously.

To further complicate matters, I also have an auto immune syndrome known as mixed connective tissue disorder (MCTD). There are many forms of auto immunity falling under the wide umbrella of rheumatoid ailments, including lupus, scleroderma and Crohn's disease, and these are genetically passed. For instance my grandmother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and may have passed along a gene for my inherited MCTD. My symptoms range from feeling a little tired each day to extreme fatigue and faintness on other days.

Thankfully, there are a couple of medications I can take to help keep things on an even keel and under control. That said, my MCTD combined with endometriosis had been quite debilitating at times, and it had become a life issue. At this point, I felt like I had no choice by to locate someone who could help me manage this.
I was lucky to find Dr. Kanayama because he recognizes that if a person has one of these disorders, it will most likely exacerbate their endometriosis. This was true in my case and he astutely factored all of this into my overall treatment plan.
Dr. Kanayama had devoted his practice to helping women deal with the often debilitating disease of endometriosis. His focus is strictly on endo and he has perfected the treatment of it. Unlike the series of ineffectual GYNs I saw two years prior, Dr. Kanayama is incredibly knowledgeable about the disease. He knows what it looks like, even in the very beginning stages, and he knows how best to treat it at each individual stage.

Dr. Kanayama was able to inform me about the progressing and severity of my endometriosis even before he actually observed it during my outpatient laparoscopy surgery at Greenwich Hospital. In advance of the surgery, he saw that my endo had been around for approximately 10 years, and that it was at stage on a one to four progression. During the surgery, he was able to confirm all of this.

Dr. Kanayama is most assuredly the country's best endometriosis specialist. I have observed him to be a discriminating perfectionist with every detail. From my initial meeting to my surgery and my post-op visits, I have found him to be not only a gifted practitioner, but also a warm and compassionate person with whom to consult. In addition, I found it comforting to know that he only performs surgery at Greenwich Hospital. Compared to the treatment one might receive at some other hospital facilities, Greenwich Hospital is like a dream.

I would recommend Dr. Kanayama to any woman suffering with endo. You owe yourself the gift of the best possible care. No matter how far your situation has advanced, Dr. Kanayama will be able to help you. And you will be far off knowing where things stand so that you can take the necessary preventive measures to improve the quality of your life in the future.

Tina H.

After a frustrating year of trying to solve my endometriosis, I discovered Dr. Kanayama through his website. From day one his manner, his staff and his treatment has been top notch and better than I have received for endometriosis to date. From the first day that I called his doctor's office I have received patient, understanding and knowledgeable help. Dr. Kanayama and his staff have taken the time to explain the condition, the treatment and the health insurance situation. All of this made dealing with endometriosis bearable. The surgery itself was 10 times better than I had previously experienced. The hospital and staff were incredibly nice and made the whole experience almost a pleasure. I was up and walking the day after the surgery and my recovery was half the time it was from the other laparoscopy surgery I had previously had.

My previous experience with other doctors was not pleasant. I had an ovarian cyst removed in February 2007 and the doctors treating me at the time told me removing the cyst would solve the problem. Unfortunately, that was not the case and six months after the surgery I began experiencing pain again and was informed that another larger ovarian cyst had formed. The doctors informed me that only viable treatment would be to either get pregnant or take Lupron. I knew that neither of these options seemed reasonable and began researching my options. Thankfully I found Dr. Kanayama who talked me through endometriosis and explained things more clearly than other doctors ever had. I would recommend him to anyone with endometriosis.

Thank you,

Emily Hampton Manley

My experience with Dr. Kanayama was nothing short of life changing. I am 26 years old and have been suffering from endometriosis for ten years with absolutely no relief in sight. Having this disease has made me feel completely helpless and took so many years from me. As soon as we were in contact with Dr. Kanayama, we had an appointment the following week. During my first appointment he was able to feel the endometriosis just by examining me and showed me the growth of the disease on the ultrasound machine. Contrary to previous diagnosis, Dr. Kanayama was able to tell in the first couple of minutes that I was riddled with the disease at stage 3 or 4. Consequently, by the first 5 minutes of knowing him I had complete confidence in his practice and was impressed with his understanding and knowledge of the disease. During each visit he took time out to articulate the disease verbally and visually to ensure that I understood.

This had been my frustration; prior to being treated by Dr. Kanayama, I was examined 4-5 times a year by other gynecologists and each time they said I was in perfect reproductive condition and as "clean as a whistle". Not until my second laparoscopic surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst, did my previous gynecologist find endometriosis. He was sure prior to the surgery that I did not have endometriosis because he couldn't feel it during examination and couldn't find it with the ultrasound. Even after the surgery he misdiagnosed the severity of the disease, I assume due to lack of knowledge, telling me I had a minor case. I was given a small pamphlet on the disease and according to them, the next course of treatment was Lupron. I must say, logically I was leery of inducing menopause with the strong possibility of Lupron having little to no effect on the disease. The "treatment" options only seemed to solidify a hopeless condition. We simply couldn't believe these solutions as the only options, so we researched doctors until we found Dr. Kanayama.

The surgery at Greenwich Hospital was better than I expected. I felt comfortable and confident that I was going to have a safe and successful operation. Greenwich hospital is by far the most highly technological medical institution I have seen. The environment was more like a nice, serene hotel than the loud, stressful typical hospital. The hospital staff was friendly and professional. The nurses at Greenwich Hospital praised Dr. Kanayama's work telling me several successful stories. I am now reaping the benefits as Dr. Kanayama was able to remove the entire disease through advanced laparoscopic surgery.

Overall, I do not know what I would have done if we didn't find Dr. Kanayama. I am finally able to live my life like a healthy 26-year-old. I am looking forward to beginning a Master's degree program and eventually pregnancy. I don't have to take this disease into consideration each time I have to make decisions. Most importantly I have my life back. I am so grateful to Dr. Kanayama and his office for their sympathy and relieving me of this disease.

Elena Fichter

After suffering from endometriosis for over 8 years, and having four failed laser surgeries, my endometriosis had never been worse. I had consultations with four specialists across the country, and they were all recommending a hysterectomy. Desperate to find another way to deal with my disease, I searched the Internet and luckily came across Dr. Kanayama's website. Visiting his office was like no other doctor's appointment I had experienced. The staff, Sabrina and Peggy, were so friendly and compassionate, and the waiting room was full of women like me, looking for a doctor educated and experienced enough in this area to help us. Dr. Kanayama immediately detected the endometriosis when examining me. Something no other doctor was able to do in the past. I knew that Dr. Kanayama was the one who could help me and scheduled my surgery on the spot.

My hospital visit was like no other too. Greenwich Hospital resembled a country club more than a hospital. Unlike previous surgeries where it took me three weeks to walk again, to my surprise, I was walking around the next day! And for the first time, I healed quickly, within weeks!

Dr. Kanayama is the answer that we have been looking for, and I hope this helps to spread the word and help more women plagued by this disease.

Thank you!

Marie B.

Dr. Kanayama,

I cannot express how grateful my wife and I are to you for the skill the Lord has given you in treating this disease and bringing hope to our family. We felt the presence of the Lord the whole time and knew it was a divine set-up by the Lord.

We are truly blessed among the nations to see the hand of the Lord move in such incredible ways to bring restoration. I hope in some way, someday we can repay you for your kindness. Please know that I will be praying for your continued success and the increase of healing annointing upon your life!

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Blessings,

Ben and KC Woodward

After 7 years of struggling with endometriosis, a surgery and many hormones in my body, I thought I was in a dead end because the endometriosis wouldn't go, until I heard about Dr. Kanayama.

I was so surprised by his kindness and the way he makes me feel unique as if I was his only patient. I came down from France where I live to have the surgery.

I was amazed by Dr. Kanayama's staff at the Greenwich Hospital's as well. They were all available and nice to me. My surgery went well and I'm so thankful to Dr. Kanayama, for the way he treated me, talked to me and handled my endometriosis.

There should be a lot more doctors like him around the world who can treat their patients not only as cases by also as humans.

Thank you, Dr. Kanayama.

Yana Delho

My experience with Dr. Kanayama, his staff and the staff at Greenwich Hospital has been only a great one.

When my gynecologist found 4 and 5 cm. chocolate cysts on my right ovary, she told me unless I wanted to undergo a full hysterectomy, that I should come back in 5 months to see if they might have gone away. I decided to find a specialist on my condition, because I knew chocolate cysts do not disappear on their own, and a hysterectomy was not an option for me, I was only thirty four years old.

After some research, I called and met with Dr. Kanayama who patiently and tentatively listened to my situation, and after examining me, he assured me that he could carefully and meticulously remove my endo and cysts through laparoscopy while still maintaining my reproductive functions. I was so relieved to hear this that I decided to let Dr. Kanayama take care of my problem.

After my laparoscopic surgery, we found out that my endo was one of the worst cases he had seen, but Dr. Kanayama had performed such a remarkable job that it's hard to believe how severe my condition was. Prior to the surgery, the pain of endo took over my life for more than a week every month, but now, instead of lying or having to sit down all the time from pain, I am up and around doing everything I could not do before.

I can not thank Dr. Kanayama enough for giving me my life back and I thank God for having met him, his kind staff, Peggy and Sabrina and Greenwich hospital. Thank You!

Elizabeth Kim

I initially went to see Dr. Kanayama after enduring an extremely painful, unnecessary surgery performed by a doctor who had very limited knowledge of endometriosis. Being a young woman I was concerned about my fertility and was also experiencing severe post-surgical pain. I knew I needed to seek an expert in the field of endometriosis.

I began to read about Dr. Kanayama online and knew he was the doctor I wanted to see. I called his office and was able to get an appointment immediately. I couldn't believe it. My first appointment was refreshing, both Dr. Kanayama and his staff were amazingly helpful. I was able to meet with Dr. Kanayama in his office for almost an hour; he answered all of my questions. They provided a caring and comfortable environment which I greatly needed after my horrible past medical experiences.

With Dr. Kanayama I was treated as all patients should be treated but often aren't - with respect and dignity.My treatment later involved surgery at Greenwich Hospital, a hospital unlike any I have ever experienced. The facility was state-of-the-art and matched the quality of service I experienced at Dr. Kanayama's office. The hospital staff was delightful. I was made to feel as though I was the only patient in the hospital, not one of many patients shoved in a corner.

After my surgery I continued with regular follow-ups. Dr. Kanayama and his staff have continued to be available and helpful post-surgery.

I cannot express how much I appreciate the care I have received from Dr. Kanayama, he has given me hope. I continue to see him as I am convinced I am in the best of hands.

Ashley

For over 2 years I was seeking relief from painful and burdensome menstrual symptoms. I trusted my doctor when he said nothing was wrong but it was clear my symptoms were worsening over time. Even after visiting countless general OBGYNs, I continued to remain undiagnosed and severely uncomfortable.

After educating myself on how serious my symptoms were I knew I had to find a specialist. Within my first 2 visits to Dr. Kanayama's office I was diagnosed with endometriosis and uterine polyps. Shortly after that, my surgery was arranged quickly and easily.

Currently, I am recovering brilliantly and thanks to Dr. Kanayama I can now have children. I could not be more pleased with the high quality patient care I received from Dr. Kanayama, his office staff, surgical team and Greenwich Hospital nursing staff.

Melissa P.

Before finding Dr. Kanayama I had been to 2 other reproductive/fertility specialists. Neither one left me with a clear understanding of exactly why I was experiencing such extreme pain each time I got my period and way I was not getting pregnant after trying for almost 2 years. All I knew was that I had Stage III endometriosis, large fibroid tumors, would need invasive surgery, and would be bed ridden for 6-8 weeks, after all this I would only have a 50% chance of getting pregnant naturally. I knew I wanted to do whatever was needed to eliminate these obstacles; however, I did not feel at ease with either of the doctors I had met. For someone like me, who had never been to a hospital being told I would be bed ridden for 6-8 weeks just did not sit right. Thankfully, my father came across the New York Endometriosis Center website and my mind was put at ease.

After my first visit with Dr. Kanayama I knew I had found my match. Finally, I was able to get some clear answers on how advanced my condition was. The surgery was to be less invasive with half the recovery time previously mentioned and my chances of getting pregnant naturally were increased to 75%! I felt as though the large dark cloud had finally been lifter, I had clarity as well as a doctor that I knew would not regard me as "a number". His sensitivity and willingness to sit and talk with me until I had grasped all that was needed was like no other. As I was leaving Dr. Kanayama's office on our final day of completing all the necessary tests and scheduling my surgery, he humbly turned to me and said: "Why don't we meet one more time before your surgery so we can just sit and talk. I am sure questions and concerns will come up between now and the surgery." A huge smile came to my face, as I held back the tears of joy.

My surgery was 12 days ago and the whole process could not have been any smoother. My endometriosis had spread significantly more than Dr. Kanayama anticipated but he still was able to get it all, as well as the numerous fibroid tumors. The care I received at Greenwich was top notch - naturally, I was scared but everyone put my fears to rest without even knowing it. The day after surgery I was up and walking and on my way home. Now I am looking forward to what lies ahead, a period of with much less pain and beginning my journey of getting pregnant. Dr. Kanayama feels this will happen before I know it; he has restored my faith in getting pregnant naturally!!!

Keari P.

I want to thank you for the excellent medical care and surgery you provided during my treatment of Stage IV endometriosis. After many years of dealing with pain and infertility I had lost hope in finding a minimally invasive way to treat my condition. I feel so very lucky to have found you and your surgical methods to address these conditions. It is amazing how much better I feel just a month after surgery. The Greenwich Hospital Facility and personnel were world class and it was an extremely positive experience. I recommend to anyone with endometriosis to not waste valuable time, especially with infertility, on pursuing standard medical procedures and please see Dr. Kanayama at the NY Endometriosis Center.

Claire Shields

I want to thank you for the excellent medical care and surgery you provided during my treatment of Stage IV endometriosis. After many years of dealing with pain and infertility I had lost hope in finding a minimally invasive way to treat my condition. I feel so very lucky to have found you and your surgical methods to address these conditions. It is amazing how much better I feel just a month after surgery. The Greenwich Hospital Facility and personnel were world class and it was an extremely positive experience. I recommend to anyone with endometriosis to not waste valuable time, especially with infertility, on pursuing standard medical procedures and please see Dr. Kanayama at the NY Endometriosis Center.

Claire Shields

Professional, compassionate, caring, warm, friendly, a giant among men. There are not enough adjectives to describe this soft-spoken man who changed our lives so drastically.

My daughter had constant disabling pain for 7 years, the worst being the past 18 months. We were at the end of our rope. After 4 laser surgeries the doctors we had said they could do no more. It was only by chance that we were given Dr. Kanayama's name and it was the luckiest day of our lives. It was exactly 3 weeks from the day his office first contacted us until my daughter had her surgery at Greenwich Hospital. What a magnificent place - it looked more like a luxury hotel than a hospital and the care was superb.

Dr. Kanayama gave us our daughter back and we will be forever grateful. He is truly her "Superman".

The Hardy Family

No words or gratitude can be expressed on what you have given me. Thank you for giving me my hopes and dreams back. They have been lost for a very long time. As you know, I have endometriosis in its fourth stage and after the surgery, you told me and my partner how fast I would get pregnant. I am today, carrying a beautiful miracle inside me. Dr. Kanayama, YOU are the Angel that was sent to help make this miracle happen.

Thank you,

Sandra Kirste

Dr. Kanayama has given me my life back and I am 3 months pain-free. I had 4 previous surgeries with other surgeons and unfortunately none were successful. Earlier this year, I knew that I needed to have my 5th surgery and didn't know who to call by wanted the best in New York. A colleague at work recommended joining the Endometriosis Association and though maybe they might be able to help find the perfect doctor. After establishing my membership I had asked for the best surgeon in New York and they recommended Dr. Kanayama, and everyday I am thankful that I made that phone call.

As time approached for my surrgery, Dr. Kanayama's Office Manager, Sabrina, took over and arranged everything from preadmissions testing to calling and checking on how I was doing before my surgery. Even after my surgery was over, my follow up visits and dealing with my health insurance went very smoothly.

Now I am ready to take the next step and try to get pregnant and s we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed. Thanks again, Dr. Kanayama, for letting me return to normal life, it has been wonderful living each day pain-free.
Sincerely,

Jennifer E. Woods

My story is long and painful. Every day of my life was filled with pain. Functioning in daily life had become almost unbearable. Even washing dishes was a problem. I was no longer able to fulfill my duties as a wife. I was not able to work regularly and was forced to take a hiatus from continuing my education.

I had seen many doctors that had done absolutely nothing for me. They had no care that I was in dire pain. I even had one doctor diagnose that my condition was caused by excess fat, and that my fat was causing my pain! In 2006 I saw a minimum of five gynecologists with varied specialties and not one ever mentioned endometriosis. I had decided that I was going to give up and live in the constant pain. This decision was placing a terrible strain on my marriage! November 2006 was the last time that I was ever going to see a doctor. My family and my husband, however, were not going to allow this!

I had been given Dr. Kanayama's name and number by a very close family friend. He had treated her and saved her life. She, like me, had been to numerous doctors to no avail. Finally, to her great relief a stranger gave her Dr. Kanayama's name. He discovered on her first visit that she was in terrible health from endometriosis. Dr. Kanayama found immediately what no other doctor could diagnose. During surgery he found internal bleeding from a ruptured artery that had been destroyed by the endometriosis. Had he not made this discovery she would have died from internal bleeding...

My family all began to team up on me and at last in April 2007 they convinced me to make an appointment with Dr. Kanayama. My first phone call took me by surprise. Sabrina, his office manager, understood my pain and scheduled me for an appointment that same week. I had been made to wait weeks by previous doctors. Doctor Kanayama's office does not believe in people suffering needlessly.

My first visit was the best experience I have ever had in my life at a doctor's office!!! Within 5 minutes of my examination Dr. Kanayama had pinpointed the exact cause of my suffering. I have been examined by so many doctors and they never could actually pinpoint where my pain was. He was so gentle and caring. After the examination he invited my husband and me to his inner office and explained everything to us. I had a chocolate cyst that had already consumed 50% of my right ovary and that there was endometriosis that he believed was Stage IV (confirmed with surgery), scar tissue and adhesions. He was the most compassionate doctor that I had ever encountered. The office manager is also one of the best I had ever seen - she really worked with me and made the office visit very pleasant.

May 24, 2007 was my surgery day. The staff at the Greenwich Hospital could not say enough about Dr. Kanayama. They treated me exceptionally. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Kanayama made sure that I was well informed about the surgical procedure and its outcome.

I suffer from a very dangerous heart problem with which sudden death is associated. Anesthesia and surgical procedures can be potentially life-threatening for me and worried me a little. All of my fears were washed away thanks to the competent staff and the anesthesiologist who explained everything to me. Dr. Kanayama went over everything with me again and made sure that I was all right. When they first took me back to the operating room, he went to my husband and mother and personally assured that all would be fine. Never have I been treated so well in a hospital or been so informed. I had no fears at all!

In recovery they treated me like a queen, kept me completely pain-free and seemed like could not do enough for me! Doctor Kanayama came in a checked on me again and then went and told everything to my family in the waiting room. He has an incredible bedside manner.

That weekend Doctor Kanayama and his Office Manager, Sabrina, kept in touch and called my home to check in on me even though it was a holiday weekend.

I feel so blessed that Dr. Kanayama was put in my path and wish there were more doctors like him. He is a very rare doctor - he actually cares about his patients. There is nothing fake about him. He really believes in helping people.

Lisa Vecchione

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

I don't know where to begin. As you know, my endometriosis story is long and complex. Over the course of a year and a half, I had four emergency room visits and diagnoses from kidney stones to irritable bowel syndrome to "the tests show nothing is wrong". I have had the worst pain ever. Then one day in August 2006 I was given your name by a complete stranger. That day my life changed for the better.

My first appointment with you was the most informative, helpful, compassionate experience I ever had in a doctor's office because of you and your staff. I was overwhelmed and confused at hearing my diagnosis and angry no doctor diagnosed me sooner. I cried. I cried because I finally had an answer to what was happening to me and relieved it wasn't "all in my head". You validated me.

In September 2006, I had the surgery that not only cured my pain, but actually saved my life. I know you were not expecting me to be bleeding internally from a major vein because the endometriosis had eaten a hole in it and right on the spot you had to repair it. And that was just one of the many things you had to repair inside of me.I knew I was in skilled hands. (The nurses at Greenwich Hospital also spoke highly of you and the nurses always know the truth about the doctors. My whole experience at Greenwich Hospital was wonderful.)

It has been nine months since the surgery and I consider myself blessed to have found you. I am taking one day at a time with this disease, and like you said "not to worry, I will do the worring for you". I feel comforted knowing I have a doctor like you who cares and monitors me regularly.

I tell every woman I know about you!

Thank you for all you did for me and for many women.

Carolyn Frazier

I'm 26 years old and prior to finding Dr. Kanayama, I had 3 surgeries for endometriosis. For the last 5 years, I had severe pelvic pain , I've passed out, I have had dozens of emergency visits. All 3 surgeries prior to the Advanced laproscopy have been cauterizations of my Endometriosis. Some doctors even told me it was all in my head. I was told that the Ultrasounds did not show the disease and the doctors didn't feel anything. I have been on hormone injections for years at a time. When I was referred to Dr. Kanayma, he was the most humble and knowledgeable Dr. that I have ever met. It was quite emotional, as if I was were being diagnosed for the first time. He told told me that I had a twisted uterus, and when he examined me he felt the Endometriosis. I was diagnosed with Stage 2. We set up a surgery date. Dr. Kanayama removed multiple lesions, scar tissue and a precancerous polyp from my cervix. Dr. Kanayama gave me my life back. I am Endo free for 3 months and feel great and am working out at the gym again.

Lisa

Dear Dr. Kanayama,
I cannot begin to express my gratitude and true appreciation for the life you have given back to me. Before you I was in constant pain and suffering, not only physically but emotionally as well. I've seen many, many gynecologists and they all had the answer I was not looking for. You've come into my life and answered all my prayers. I truly believe you saved me!

Today I am running marathons, in the best shape I have been for over fifteen years. I didn't even realize this is what "normal" feels like! Thank you! Thank you for making this horrific disease curable and most of all making me feel validated for once. For many years doctors made me feel crazy, as if it may all be in my head. You came and examined me and simply said, "I will help you, not to worry," those words were priceless, Thank You!

I would love to share my story and tell the world how much I truly appreciate all you've done. If there is anything I can do please let me know; writing to a medical journal or blog I will gladly do. Again thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a miracle doctor!

Stacy D.

Hi Dr. Kanayama:

We are coming up onthe 4th anniversary of my life changing surgery and I wanted toshare with you a picture of my two beautiful miracles! Althea was born onChristmas Day 2009 and we welcomed Thomas to our family on May 20, 2012!

I thank God everyday that I sought your wisdom and compassionate care; who knows what my lifewould have been like had I not come to see you. You are amazing and I justwanted to express my gratitude once more.

Many, many thanks!

Jen

Dr. Kanayama and Staff,

Our family cannot express adequately our gratitude for your warm and personal care for our daughter. She is feeling so good, confident and alive! Thanks for being there for her.

K.M and Family

Dr. Kanayama and New York Endometriosis Center

As you know, due to your skillful hand and impressive knowledge of the female body, my husband and I were able to conceive our first child in April. We cannot express our thanks to you enough for making this miracle a reality, and therefore wanted to share these sonogram pictures with you. Birth Announcement coming soon!

The Korbs

Thank you so much for everything. I can only say wow after reading the operative report. I still cannot believe that I felt so well when I woke up after surgery and my recovery was so smooth and quick.
I can promise you will be the first one after my husband to be notified about our miracle baby.
Until then my thanks to Dr. Kanayama for not giving up on me and to God for his gift of saving hopes and lives. I am very happy now and so blessed to have my husband and my hope for another miracle.

Hugs,

Kate

You are amazing man who has been sent from our one true God, Himself. Whatever it was that made you decide this was gonna be your field of career and accomplishments- I'm eternally grateful. I'm eternally grateful for you Dr. Kanayama! I will go home and have my church pray for you even more. Pray for countless blessings over your life. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAVING MY LIFE.

Love,

Z. Houst

Dear Dr. Kanayama,

The day I met you, my life completely change! You have been the most kind and thorough doctor i"ve ever had and I am amazed by the miracles you p[erform. Thank you for everything you and the Endometriosis Center have done for me and many other women. To many more years of health, happiness and success!

Love, Laaleh

Dear Sabrina,

My life completely changed the day I found Dr. Kanayama> I am so thankful for everything the Endometriosis Center has done for me and so many other women. In addition, to Dr. Kanayama's miracles, I appreciate how kind and dedicated you are to all his patients. Thanks for Everything

Best wishes,

Laaleh

Hi Dr. Kanayama!!!

My name is Ana Luisa and was your patient in April 2010… I thanked you after my surgery and after my first born in March of 2012 conceived by the help of IVF. Today I want to thank you again, me and my husband where planning for another round of treatment for our 2nd child and to our surprise we are expecting naturally just as you said it would some day happen since everything was "fixed" successfully after the surgery, and you where right. We are so grateful for meeting you and helping us with my endometriosis. That surgery changed my overall health and my chances in fertility. We will always be grateful!!!

Wishing you good luck always!!!!

Ana Luisa

Dear Dr. Kanayama and sweet sweet Sabrina,

I was reading back on some of my journal entries and found the journal entry for the first day I met the two of you. The verse in my journal for that morning was the same verse you have in your office, so you can imagine after having meditated on it early that morning then seeing it in your office I KNEW I was at the right place and that God had truly intervened on my behalf. "Come to me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest." That is where I was....weak and heavy laden with the burden of the physical pain of the endometriosis/fybroids and the mental pain of infertility for close to twenty years. Many, if not all of the women you see day in and day out are just completely overwhelmed with the frustration of suffering through endometriosis for the most part of our lives. I remember praying for the pain to go away, praying for the energy to return, praying that a Dr. somewhere could do something about the years of suffering. Little did I know at the time that Dr. was to be you.

I wasn't going to make the drive to New York. It wasn't practical. After all I was in the Southern part of PA and you were in the middle of Manhattan. However, when I got up enough courage to make the call, the first voice I heard on the other end of the phone was Sabrina. I quickly explained my situation, thinking she would try to fit me in the schedule sometime in the coming year and to my surprise after she listened to me intently, she asked if I could make it that Wednesday at 2:00. I have to admit there was a long pause on my end. Making sure I heard her correctly I replied "Wednesday what month" ? She replied with as only Sabrina can with, I'm sure, a huge grin, "hon, this Wednesday". Another pause and I replied, no that is really to soon since I will be coming up from PA. So she quickly replied "ok then how about Friday at 11:00am". And before I knew it I had said yes I guess I could, not being able to find a single excuse why I shouldn't go. I hung up the phone called my husband and told him it looked like I would be going to New York on Friday and without hesitation he said, "great, it's about time!"

Within thirty minutes of my appointment with you, you had found Endometriosis in all sorts of places and several fybroids, one of which was blocking my fallopian tubes! Two surgeries later you had me all cleaned up and well on my way to recovery. That first visit with you was back in 2008. Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought such great things would come out of the decision to come see you.

As you know two years later during one of my follow up visits with you, I was concerned we may have another fibroid to take care of and to both our amazement the fibroid was not a fibroid but a little baby. Never in a million years would I have guessed that after twenty years of marriage and many many surgeries would I have the amazing privilege of being pregnant. Being so far away from you during my pregnancy just killed me, I wanted you and Sabrina to be a part of this exciting new chapter of our life but the local OBGYN faculty here proved to be spot on and it was a fantastic experience. Hayli is now 2 yrs old and I can promise you there has not been a day gone by where I have not realized the blessing she is in our life and the blessing that you and Sabrina are to not just me and my family but so many others. God has gifted you in an incredible way and I am so blessed to be a part of what he is doing in your life and so proud to have you be a part of what he is doing in mine.

My speaking ministry, Good Grief! Ministries, has picked up quite a bit since I last saw you and one thing I share at every women's retreat and seminar I have the privilege of speaking at is how God is alive and well in the every day lives of those around us. I tell your story and give out your information everywhere I go to those in need. I tell them of the time you told me "the enemy is illegally parked in my uterus and you are going to go in and kick him out." You did just that Dr. K. and when the enemy tries to get you down and the burdens of life weigh heavy on your shoulders know that there are lives you are changing, legacies that will live on because of you and what you are allowing God to do in your life.

I will forever be in debt to you and thank God for you often!
Debbie Grady

PS I'll be calling Sabrina soon as I am waaaaaay past due on a follow up visit with you. I'm just impressed that I'm contacting you now instead of when Hayli is 5! I have no idea where the time has gone....it seems like it was just yesterday when I was in labor for 22 hours!! Yes it was 22 hours, seems this 40 year old body did not want to open up and let her out!!

Debbie Grady

Dear Sabrina,

Hello, this is Kumiko , who was one of the patients of Dr. Kanayama until I came back to Japan last October.
You might not remember me but you took very good care of my insurance and it is thanks to you, I was able to have a surgery at Greenwich Hospital about a year ago.
Everything went well and I've always appreciated your support. Hope you are doing very well :)

Best regards,

Kumi

I am not sure if you or Dr. K would remember us - . I wanted to write to you both sooner but a lot has happened over the past year and a half.

Dr. K did surgery on me in November 2011. I was in stage 4 endometriosis with two uterus's <one that was nonfunctional> and was trying to have a baby. Well, I wanted to let you both know that because of Dr. K's excellent six hours of surgery on me to remove the endo on my reproductive organs, we had a baby boy, Parker Matthew. He is such a blessing and I really wanted to thank Dr K as well as you and the office as you had all made this miracle happen. And while going through all of this, I loved the determination and confidence from all of you. Parker just turned 5 months. He was born February 5, 2013 weighing 5 lbs, 10 oz and was 19.6 inches long. He was three weeks early but it was an amazing pregnancy - not one issue. I plan to use Dr. K again for my surgery to remove the rest of the endo and the 2nd uterus as we discussed. I did have to do a "micro Invitro" to have Parker but please let Dr. K know that my embryo was a grade "A" which I NEVER had prior to the surgery. I look at Dr K as my hero! I am so blessed to have met all of you and we can't thank you all enough. Here are some pictures for you to share.

Thank you and we will be seeing you soon!!!

Lauren, NY

 
 
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