Join us for ep. 2 of Endo Explained: Ask the Experts taking place on Saturday, May 30th at 10am PST/1pm EST!
This month, we’ll be covering all of your questions on endometriosis with and without pain for infertility, IVF vs. surgery or both.
This month our panel of infertility experts will include:
Dr. Camran Nezhat
Camran Nezhat, M.D. has been called the father of modern-day surgery for inventing and pioneering video surgery.(1-10) His developments have revolutionized surgery and gradually have replaced laparotomy. He and his team have been the first to perform many of the most advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures with and without robotic-arm assistance.(1-56) Early on he advocated (11,12) and proved that the majority of the open procedures of the time could be performed via videolaparoscopy. (1-56) By doing so, he opened the door for surgeons all over the world to advance the field of minimally invasive surgery and help their patients. (1-53)
As the original proponent for minimally invasive surgery, he has declared that wherever in the body a cavity exists or can be created minimally invasive surgery is possible and probably preferable, the limiting factors are the skill and experience of the surgeon and the availability of proper instrumentations. (11-12)
In the 1990’s he collaborated with robotic pioneers Ajit Shah and Phil Green on development of the daVinci Robot (52) and has innovated many of its applications. (13, 50-55) Following the pioneering work in video-laparoscopy, Camran Nezhat and his collaborators have been credited with performing the following procedures for the first time in surgical history:
● Laparoscopic treatment of extensive endometriosis involving multiple organs 1985-1986,1988- 1989, 1991-1994 (4, 12-16, 18, 30-38)
● Laparoscopic removal of dermoid cyst 1989 (17)
● Radical hysterectomy with paraaortic and pelvic node dissection 1989-1992 (12,18-20)
● Operative laparoscopy during advanced pregnancy 1990-1991 (21)
● Management of ovarian remnant 1991-1992 (23)
● Sacral colpopexy 1992, 1994 (12,24)
● Laparoscopic-assisted myomectomy 1994 (25)
● Laparoscopic repair of vesico vaginal fistulas 1994 (26)
● Vaginal cuff dehiscence following laparoscopic hysterectomy 1995-1996 (27)
● Laparoscopic debulking for advanced ovarian cancer 1996 (28)
● Laparoscopic repair of Cesarean scar defect (Niche, Isthmocele, Diverticulum repair.) 2003 (29)
● Laparoscopic bowel resection (including shaving technique, disk excision, and segmental colon resection by natural orifice, mini laparotomy, and total laparoscopic approach) 1988-1992, 1994 (12,14,18,30-38)
● Ureter resection 1990, 1992 (39,40)
● Bladder resection 1992 (41)
● Ureteroneocystostomy with and without Psoas Hitch 1992, 1999 (39,40,42)
● Vesico vaginal fistula repair 1994 (26)
UPPER ABDOMEN AND CHEST
● Diaphragm resection and repair 1992 (43)
● Laparoscopic treatment of lung endometriosis 1992, 2012 (44,45)
● Laparoscopic treatment of liver endometriosis 2005 (46)
● Laparoscopic repair of major retroperitoneal vessels 1997, 2002 (47,48)
The pioneering work above, along with his other innovations, like vessel sealing and cutting devices, suction irrigation instruments, surgical lasers, safe abdominal entry techniques, robotics, etc., serve millions of patients around the world. He has more than 30 patents for his various inventions and developments.
He is the author of eight textbooks and several hundred peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has trained many physicians around the world who have become pillars of their communities. He started teaching postgraduate courses in 1982 and continues to teach and share his knowledge with medical professionals internationally. He has had teaching and leadership roles at many different societies and universities around the world.
In 2014, Camran Nezhat in collaboration with Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeons, started the first “Endometriosis Specialist” Subspecialty in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Fellowship, embracing a multidisciplinary approach. He is the Founder of Worldwide Endometriosis March (EndoMarch), a global grassroots movement with the mission of raising awareness about endometriosis and finding noninvasive diagnostic testing, and ultimately, prevention and treatment (www.endomarch.org). More than sixty countries are involved in this movement. He is the recipient of many awards. He has been involved in research, teaching, innovating and philanthropic activities while in private practice throughout his professional life. His biggest love is to take care of his patients.
For more information, please visit www.nezhat.org.
Dr. Farr Nezhat
Dr. Farr Nezhat, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist and Medical Director of Nezhat Surgery for Gynecology/Oncology, is a pioneer and leading authority in the minimally invasive surgical treatment of malignant and benign gynecologic pathologies. He welcomes patients at two locations: New York, New York, on the upper east side of Manhattan, and Valley Stream, New York, in Nassau County, Long Island.
His medical practice is a referral center for patients seeking treatment for gynecological cancers and complex benign conditions. His expertise lies in treating ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers; as well as severe and multi-organ endometriosis, pelvic masses, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.
He is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology who contributes prolifically to the scientific and medical literature, a frequent director of postgraduate courses, and a regularly invited faculty member at professional societies and congresses. His research and educational endeavors have earned him worldwide recognition.
Dr. Ceana Nezhat
Ceana Nezhat, MD is a world renowned gynecological surgeon and medical director of Nezhat Medical Center, Medical Director of Education & Training and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery & Robotics at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Adjunct Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, and Editor in Chief of the Atlanta Medicine journal. He has developed techniques and refined instrumentation for minimally invasive surgical treatment of severe and multi organ endometriosis, infertility, and urologic and pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Nezhat offers patients decades of gynecological expertise, both surgically, as well as the management and treatment of hormone therapy and reproductive medicine. Dr. Nezhat’s innovative research and educational outreach have earned him prestigious honors and recognition from independent medical associations internationally. Dr. Nezhat has coauthored several textbooks and over 100 book chapters and articles. He is a member of many distinguished societies, reviewer for several academic journals, and advisor to teaching organizations.
Dr. Azadeh Nezhat
Dr. Azadeh Nezhat is co-director of the Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery and performs surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, received her Doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia, and then completed her Residency from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Before joining Dr. Camran Nezhat, she spent 11 successful years practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Partner of Roswell OB/GYN, an affiliate of Atlanta Women’s Health Group, on which she is a Board member. Her special interest is endometriosis and myoma of the uterus, using minimally invasive and robotic techniques. She also has a special interest regarding the effects of endometriosis in young girls. She is also the co-founder of the Worldwide Endometriosis March and Endometriosis day.
Dr. Kelly Baek
Dr. Kelly Baek is a board certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynocology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She began her education at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles. She then travelled east and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University. She earned her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York University Medical Center. Dr. Baek completed her post-doctoral fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Weill Cornell Medical Center – The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility.
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and host of the Egg Whisperer Show, has heard story after story from women and couples from all over the world about their struggles in trying to conceive. In her attempt to prevent more of these heartbreaking stories, she has gone on a mission to promote “fertility awareness”. Her hope is to empower women, making them more aware of their personal fertility levels and allowing them to be better educated about their options. Never again does she want to hear “If I had known 10 years ago that my egg reserves were running low, I would have done things differently”. In 2014, she launched her mission by hosting “Egg Freezing Parties”. These parties offer women a chance to learn more about their fertility and ask their questions in a comfortable, safe environment with like-minded women. Shortly after hosting the first party, Egg freezing soon became a top buzz word. Local and international magazines, television programs and social media have submitted requests for interviews and opportunities to cover the parties. Now, people across the country (and world!) are asking Dr. Aimee to host an Egg Freezing Party in their city. Another part of Dr. Aimee’s fertility awareness mission is to provide an easily accessible “Egg Whisperer Fertility Awareness Panel” to any woman who is curious about her current fertility status. This panel offers women information about their egg reserves now……not 10 years from now when it could be too late and their options limited. Dr. Aimee also teaches about the TUSHY Method for providing holistic personalized fertility medicine. An easy to remember mnemonic, it reminds medical professionals and patients of the basics of the Egg Whisperer way: to check fallopian Tubes, do an Ultrasound of the Uterus, do a Semen Analysis, check Hormones, and do Your genetic testing.
Dr. Sheeva Talebian
Sheeva Talebian, M.D., a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, came to CCRM New York as the Third Party Reproduction Director after many years of practice in the tri-state area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University and went on to obtain her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She continued her medical training at New York University were she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Talebian is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Areas of research include ovarian reserve testing, PGD, and fertility preservation. She is the recipient of several surgical and teaching awards, was named to 2018 Castle Connolly Top Doctors in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and was named a 2019 New York Super Doctor. Experienced in the area of surrogacy, egg donation, and same sex reproduction, Dr. Talebian serves as director of third party reproduction at CCRM New York. Dr. Talebian currently sits on the Medical Advisory Board of CoFertility, a health organization dedicated to women’s reproductive success.
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8) Wallis, Claudia. “Medicine: The Career Woman’s Disease?” Time Magazine, 28 Apr. 1986.
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10) Cowley Geoffrey. “Hanging up the knife. A novel surgical technique promises to save patients time, money and blood.” Newsweek. February 12, 1990; 58 –59.
11) Nezhat, C., Crowgey, S. R. & Garrison, C. P. Surgical treatment of endometriosis vialaser laparoscopy. Fertility & Sterility. P 45, 778 — 783. (1986)
12) Nezhat, C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Operative laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery). State of the art, J Gynecol Surg. 1992; 8:111–141.
13) Nezhat C, Saberi NS, Shahmohamady B, Nezhat F. Robotic-assisted laparoscopy in gynecological surgery JSLS. Vol 10 (3), p 317 — 320. (2006)
14) Nezhat C, Nezhat F. Evaluation of safety of videolaseroscopic treatment of bowel endometriosis, Scientific Paper, 44th Annual Meeting of the American Fertility Society, Atlanta Hilton and Towers, Atlanta, Georgia, October 8 — 13, 1988
15) Nezhat C, Hood J, Winer W, et al. Videolaseroscopy and laser laparoscopy in gynecology. Br J Hosp Med. P 38, 219 — 224. (1987)
16) Nezhat C, Videolaseroscopy: a new modality for the treatment of diseases of the reproductive organs. Colposc Gynecol Laser Surg 1986; 2: 221 – 224
17) Nezhat C, Winer WK, Nezhat F. Laparoscopic removal of dermoid cysts. Obstet Gynecol, February 1989;73(2): 278 — 281.
18) Nezhat C, Nezhat F. Silfen SL. Videolaseroscopy: the CO2 laser for advanced operative laparoscopy. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 1991;18:585–604.
19) Nezhat C, Burrell M, Nezhat F, Benigno B, Welander CE. Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy with paraaortic and pelvic node dissection. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992;166:864–865.
20) Nezhat CR, Nezhat FR, Ramirez CE, et al. Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and laparoscopic assisted vaginal radical hysterectomy with pelvic and paraaortic node dissection, J Gynecol Surg. 1993;9:105–120.
21) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Silfen S, Fehnel S. Laparoscopic Ovarian cystectomy during pregnancy. J Laparoendosc Surg. 1991;1:161–164.
22) Nezhat C. Letter to the Editor: Radical Hysterectomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol, May 1993;168(5): 1643-1644.
23) Nezhat F, Nezhat C. Operative laparoscopy for the treatment of ovarian remnant syndrome. Fertil Steril, May 1992;57(5): 1003 – – 1007.
24) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Nezhat CH. Laparoscopic sacral colpopexy for vaginal wall prolapse. Obstet Gynecol. 1994;84:885– 888.
25) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Bess O, Nezhat CH, Mashiach R. Laparoscopically assisted myomectomy: a report of a new technique in 57 cases. Int J Fertil Menopausal Stud. P 39(1): 39 — 44. (1994)
26) Nezhat CH, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Rottenberg H. Laparoscopic repair of a vesicovaginal fistula: a case report. Obstet Gynecol. 1994;83:899 – 901.
27) Nezhat CH, Nezhat F, Seidman DS, Nezhat C. Vaginal vault evisceration after total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Obstet Gynecol 1996;87: 868–870.
28) Amara DP, Nezhat C, Teng NN, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Rosati M. Operative laparoscopy in the management of ovarian cancer. Surgical Laparoscopy 1996 Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques. P 6(1): 38 — 45. (1996)
29) Jacobson M, Osias J, Velasco A, Charles R, Nezhat C. Laparoscopic repair of a uteroperitoneal fistula. JSLS. 2003;7:367–369.
30) Nezhat CR, Nezhat FR. Safe laser excision and vaporization of endometriosis. Fertil Steril, 1989; P 52(1): 149 – 151
31) Nezhat C, Pennington E, Nezhat F, Silfen SL. Laparoscopically assisted anterior rectal wall resection and reanastomosis for deeply infiltrating endometriosis. Surg Laparosc Endosc, June 1991;1(2): 106 — 108.
32) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Pennington E. Laparoscopic proctectomy for infiltrating endometriosis of the rectum. Fertil Steril, May 1992;57(5): 1129-1132.
33) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Pennington E, Ambroze W Jr. Laparoscopic segmental resection for infiltrating endometriosis of the recto sigmoid colon: a preliminary report. Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1992;2:212–216.
34) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Pennington E. Laparoscopic treatment of lower colorectal and infiltrating rectovaginal septum endometriosis by the technique of videolaseroscopy. Br J Obstet Gynae- col. 1992;99:664–667.
35) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat CH. Surgery for Endometriosis of the Bowel, Bladder, Ureter, and Diaphragm. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1997; 828: 332-340
36) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Pennington E, et al. Laparoscopic disk excision and primary repair of the anterior rectal wall for the treatment of full thickness bowel endometriosis. Surg Endosc. 1994;8:682– 685.
37) Nezhat C., Nezhat F. Ambroze W. & Pennington E. Laparoscopic repair of small bowel and colon: A report of 26 cases. Surg Endosc. P 7(2): 88 – 8 9. (1993)
38) Nezhat F. Triumphs and controversies in laparoscopy: the past, the present, and the future. JSLS. 2003;7:1–5.
39) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Green B. Laparoscopic treatment of obstructed ureter due to endometriosis by resection and ureteroureterostomy. A case report. J Urol. 1992;148:865–868.
40) Nezhat CH, Nezhat F, Freiha F, Nezhat C. Laparoscopic vesicopsoas hitch for infiltrative ureteral endometriosis. Fertil Steril. 1999;71:376– 379.
41) Nezhat C, Nezhat F. Laparoscopic segmental bladder resection for endometriosis: a report of two cases. Obstet Gynecol. 1993;81:882– 884.
42) Nezhat CH, Malik S, Nezhat F, Nezhat C. Laparoscopic ureteroneocystostomy and vesicopsoas hitch for infiltrative endometriosis. JSLS. 2004;8:3–7.
43) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Levy JS. Laparoscopic treatment of symptomatic diaphragmatic endometriosis: A case report. Fertil Steril. 1992;58:614–616.
44) Nezhat C, King LP, Paka C, Odegaard J, Beygui R. Bilateral thoracic endometriosis affecting the lung and diaphragm. JSLS. 2012 Jan-Mar; 16(1): 140–142
45) Nezhat C, Main J, Paka C, Nezhat A, Beygui R. Multidisciplinary Treatment for Thoracic and Abdominopelvic Endometriosis. JSLS. 2014 Jul-Sep; 18(3)
46) Nezhat C, Kazerooni T, Berker B, LaShay N, Susan Fernan- dez S, Marziali M. Laparoscopic management of hepatic endometriosis: report of Two Cases and review of literature. J Min Invas Gynecol. 2005;12:196–200.
47) Nezhat C, Childers J, Nezhat F, et al. Major retroperitoneal vascular injury during laparoscopic surgery. Hum Reprod. 1997; 12:480 – 483.
48) Jacobson M, Oesterling S, Milki A, Nezhat CR. Laparoscopic control of a leaking inferior mesenteric vessel secondary to trocar injury. JSLS. 2002;6:389–391.
49) Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Allan CJ, Metzger DA, Sears DL. Clinical and histologic classification of endometriomas: implications for a mechanism of pathogenesis. J Repro Med. 1992;37:771–776
50) Nezhat C, Lavie O, Hsu S, Watson J, Barnett O, Lemyre M. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy compared with standard laparoscopic myomectomy — a retrospective matched control study. Fertility and Sterility Vol. 91 (2), p 556 — 565. (2009)
51) Nezhat C, Hajhosseini B, King LP. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic treatment of bowel, bladder, and ureteral endometriosis. JSLS. 2011 Jul-Sep; 15(3):387–392
52) Shah A, Schipper E. Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy. In: Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat CH, editors. Nezhat’s Video-Assisted and Robotic- Assisted Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy. New York: Cambridge University Press; 2013: 628-632.
53) Nezhat CR, Lewis M, Kotikela S, Veeraswamy A, Saadat L, Hajhosseini B, Nezhat CH. Robotic Versus Standard Laparoscopy for the Treatment of Endometriosis. Fertility and Sterility, (2010) Feb-Dec, Volume 94, Issue 7, P 2758 — 2760.
54) Nezhat C, Lavie O, Lemyre M, Gemer O, Bhagan L, Nezhat CH. Laparoscopic hysterectomy with and without a robot: Stanford experience. JSLS. 2009 Apr-Jun; 13(2): 125–128)
55) Nezhat C, Lavie O, Lemyre M, Unal E, Nezhat CH, Nezhat FR. Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery in Gynecology: Scientific Dream or Reality? Fertility and Sterility, Volume 91, Issue 6, P 2620 — 2622, (2008).
56) Nezhat C, My Journey with AAGL. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. 2010; 17(3): 271-277. 57) Nezhat C. Operative endoscopy will replace almost all open procedures. JSLS. 2004;8:101–102.
58) Nezhat C. 2005 Presidential address. JSLS. 2005; 9:370-375
59) Nezhat C, Nezhat F. Laparoscopic Repair of Ureter Resected During operative Laparoscopy. Obstet Gynecol. September 1992; 80(3 Pt 2): 543-544.
60) Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat CH. Nezhat’s Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. 4th edition. 2013.
Some other early reports, by Drs. Camran, Farr, and Ceana Nezhat, in peer reviewed journals
Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Silfen SL. Laparoscopic hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy using multifire GIA surgical stapler. J Gynecol Surg, 1990;6: 287-288.
Nezhat F, Winer WK, Nezhat, C. Fimbrioscopy and salpingoscopy in patients with minimal to moderate pelvic endometriosis. Obstetrics and Gynecology. P 75(1): 15 — 17. (1990)
Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Gordon S, Wilkins E. Laparoscopic versus abdominal hysterectomy. J Reprod Med, March 1992;37(3): 247 – – 250.
Nezhat, F., Nezhat, C., Welander, C. E. & Benigno, B. Four ovarian cancers diagnosed during laparoscopic management of 1011 women with adnexal masses. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 167, 790 — 796 (1992).
Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Burrell M. Laparoscopically assisted hysterectomy for the management of borderline ovarian tumor: A case report. J Laparoendosc Surg, Aug 1992; 2(4): 167-169
Nezhat F, Nezhat C, Bess O, Nezhat CH. Laparoscopic amputation of a noncommunicating rudimentary horn after a hysteroscopic diagnosis: a case study. Surg Laparosc & Endosc. P 4(2):155 — 156. (1994)
Nezhat CH, Bastidas A, Pennington E, Nezhat F, Raga F, Nezhat C. Laparoscopic treatment of type IV rectovaginal fistula . J of Am Assoc. of Gyn Lap, Vol. 5, No. 3, Pp: 297 — 299, August 1998.