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Words cannot express the love and gratitude that I have for Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and Tara. I was diagnosed with stage four Endo in March of 2014. From March 2014 through January 2017, I had 6 surgeries and underwent two forms of chemotherapy to try to get my Endo in check. I had surgeries with "Endo specialists" thinking that they knew what they were doing and could help me. After each surgery I would only get 3-6 months pain free. My pain was so significant I could barely walk, I had trouble breathing (Endo spread to my diaphragm), I had significant bladder and GI issues. I was in my mid twenties but felt like I was dying. I had SEARCHED and traveled to so many different doctors I honestly lost track. In September 2017 I was lucky enough to get an appointment with Dr. Kanayama. His staff was (and still is) PHENOMENAL, they made me feel so comfortable and answered every question we had about not only his services but about insurance. After seeing Dr. Kanayama he confirmed that my Endo had returned and that my uterus was twisted and my right ovary was stuck to the backside of my uterus. I had just been in the hospital for pain the week prior and they told me nothing was wrong with me. Dr. Kanayama explained that I was in need of surgery #7 and explained how his method was different. We also spoke about post op care (something that NO other doctors had given me). I knew that Dr. Kanayama was the correct doctor for me. I had surgery with Dr. Kanayama on November 30th 2017. I am now writing this review on June 7th 2018 and this is the LONGEST I have gone pain free. I just saw Dr. Kanayama for my 6 month follow up and he confirmed that I am still Endo free which is HUGE for me. Not only is Dr. Kanayama a skilled surgeon but his post op diet plan is what has kept me healthy for this long. Dr. Kanayama, Sabrina and Tara are some of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I now live in California and will travel to New York every 6 months to see this amazing team. Thank you for giving me my life back.

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Dr Kanayama, I cannot thank you enough!
Here's my story:
After many years of unsuccessful fertility treatments including IVF, and over a year of abnormal bleeding and severe pain, I was left on my own to figure out what was wrong with me. My physicians told me it was "normal," caused by "stress" and "in my head." As a medical professional I had a suspicion of endometriosis or worse, cancer. After extensive research I found Dr Kanayama. I immediately called his office, and spoke to Sabrina who made me an appt within a week to see him. After discussing my history, symptoms and an examination, Dr Kanayama found that many of my internal organs were displaced and confirmed my suspicion of endometriosis. Unable to determine the severity with a simple examination and ultrasound, Dr Kanayama recommended laparoscopy. Desperate to get my life back I didn't hesitate to schedule surgery. A surgical date was scheduled a few weeks later. It's very scary having surgery to begin with, but not knowing what he would find and have to do to correct it was terrifying. However, after meeting and speaking in depth with Dr Kanayama I had complete confidence in his knowledge, experience and abilities. I had surgery at Greenwich Hospital, which I cannot say enough good things about. The entire experience was uneventful and actually pleasurable. After a few weeks of taking it easy, I felt back to myself. I had very minor discomfort weeks later as things began to heal internally. I made all the necessary life changes that go along with treating endometriosis and preventing its return.
Dr Kanayama gave me my life back. And as a bonus, 1 month after my surgery date we conceived our first child naturally.
I understand how scary it is and how helpless you can feel. I can honestly say that Dr Kanayama is an amazing, caring, knowledgeable, meticulous physician and surgeon. He's truly ONE OF A KIND! I would never use another physician and would recommend any friend or family member to him.
Sabrina is wonderful to deal with and helped us through the entire process of precerts, insurance, etc. She took the stress and burden of having to deal with that off of us, so all I had to worry about was healing.
A million thanks to you both!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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I am writing again to say that I am glad that you took the time to
listen and understand how I was feeling. The stitches have healed and now I am a
new 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. The
pain has went away and I am only 2 weeks out of surgery and I feel WONDERFUL.


Kimberly Lynch

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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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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.

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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

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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

Dear Sabrina,

Thank you for all your care and help during this time. You were always so kind and put my mind at ease that I was in the best hands. You made a very difficult time in my life much easier. Please keep this little token of my appreciation as I think of you as one of my life's angels that watches over me.

Warmest Regards always,

Tammy

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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

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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
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March 25, 2009


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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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

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March 2009


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

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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. 


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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 BoyerVice President, Consumer Research

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 youfor each thoughtful thing you doAnd send reminders every dayOf His great love for you!”Thanks so much!

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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.

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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.

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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 suprised 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.

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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 dehuminizing 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.

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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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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

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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

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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.