Dear Dr. Robbins,
The best way to describe how much you helped me is for me to compare what my life was like before I met you to how wonderful it has been since you successfully excised endometriosis from me.
Before I met you I lived in excruciating pain for more than one year but I was told by doctors in Boston – including one who did a laparoscopy on me to check for endometriosis – that they could find nothing wrong with me. The Boston doctors had no idea that I had endometriosis so they offered me no hope of a cure and, as a result, I became increasingly sick and debilitated by my pain.
I could barely get through my daily routine before I met you. I was taking prescription pain medications to try to alleviate my symptoms, I was vomiting 5 to 6 times daily because the pain was so bad, and I had to take short-term disability from work because the pain completely interfered with my life.
Before I met you I was consumed by endometriosis and my life consisted of only (1) taking pain meds so that I could function enough to take care of my daily responsibilities, (2) lying in bed as much as possible so that I didn’t stir up my pain, and (3) trying to find a doctor who would take me seriously and effectively treat my pain, once and for all.
I needed to find an endometriosis expert and I am so thankful that I found you. You never offered me “band-aid” (medical) treatments that would only temporarily suppress my symptoms and, instead, you removed every bit of endometriosis that you could find. I give you lots of credit for taking time to find and remove it, particularly when the Boston doctors said it didn’t exist.
After undergoing surgery with you I tapered off my pain medication immediately and went back to work within a couple of weeks. Since my recovery from the surgery I have not needed any more pain medication, not even over-the-counter medicines. I could not be more thrilled with how well I’m doing now.
You gave me back my life, Dr. Robbins, and because you happen to be the kindest, most caring, most professional doctor I’ve ever known you also made the process very easy on me. Thanks to you, I am once again active, happy, and focused on my future. You’re the best and I wholeheartedly recommend you to everyone who suffers from the illnesses that you treat.
Sarah O., Massachusetts
Hello Dr. Robbins,
I wanted to take a moment to share how impressed I have been having you as my surgeon. More specifically, how impressed many of my friends (who previously had the same surgery by other Drs) were with the quick recovery time. Actually, they were shocked and felt that I was misinformed. When I shared with them that I am expected to be up and moving within days, they challenged it and said that it took them weeks before they were feeling well enough to move. They drilled me on what was being done (partial hysterectomy via laparoscopic procedure) and still were in disbelief that I would be feeling well so quickly.
- This was my prognosis and recovery time:
- Multiple peduncutlated fibroids and endometriosis
- Surgery on Friday
- Departed hospital on Saturday napped all day.
- Walked slow 1/2 mile on Sunday and socialized with visitors.
- Slept Monday morning and worked in afternoon on the computer.
- Worked the rest of the week with walks daily.
- Went out on Thursday & Friday night.
- By the second week, I was ready to run, but refrained~!
By comparing notes with others that have had this procedure, clearly you have the experience and level of expertise to bring this procedure to a level that is non-invasive to my lifestyle and made it almost convenient to fit in during a busy holiday schedule!
E-mail received 1 year after excision of pelvic and large and small intestinal endometriosis
Doctor Robbins is a great surgeon who took the time to allow my wife
to see him and then assisted in cleaning up her endometriosis whereas two
doctors before with two surgeries in 5 years failed. It has been one year
from today that we traveled to Maine to see Dr. Robbins for surgery and am so
grateful for his skills and abilities. You can contact me anytime for a
Lorrene and Thomas P., Vermont
E-mail entitled “The little ovaries that could!” approximately 9 months following surgery
Merry Christmas! Surgery with you on March 13, 2014 was a success! I have the little ovaries that could! I'm 41, with an AMH of .19 and I conceived Naturally!!!!! HA! :).
I had an ultrasound with my (ObGyn physician) yesterday, and it's a viable pregnancy with a heartbeat of 136. I'm 7wks. He liked what he was seeing on the ultrasound. We couldn't tell which ovary I ovulated from as both ovaries have cysts. I have a long way to go.....we're excited!
I did seek IVF in May. I was placed on BCP for three months because of ovarian cysts. I had to fire the RE as he was never present for my ultrasounds, and there was absolutely no follow-up.
RE number 2, was horrified with my excision surgery with you, and raised her arms and exclaimed, " Lupron works!". Yeah, fired too!
3rd RE told me I had a 5 % chance with IVF based on my age, AMH, and multiple surgeries.
She suggested after all is done, to either go on Lupron or have a total hysterectomy.
So, I decided I'm done with REs! I wasn't asking their opinion about my endometriosis treatment.
I was seeking help for IVF.
Anyway, my (ObGyn physician) gets it, and that is what matters for me.
I wanted to share my news: surgery was a success!!!! Thank you very much for taking your time and leaving me with healthy ovarian tissue. Now if I could have you come out to San Antonio and help educate the REs! :).
Thank you! You gave me the best possible outcome. I'm thrilled that I flew from Corpus Christi, TX to have surgery with you!
Jeannette P., Texas
E-mail received approximately 2 months following surgery with sigmoid colectomy
Hi Dr. Robbins,
I wanted to check in, and say thank you, again. Yesterday I got my first period since the surgery and holy moly, what a difference! Don't get me wrong, I still have cramps, but it is much more isolated and in a smaller area, the pain is not affecting my whole abdomen. And, I can go to the bathroom without seeing stars! And I am not as bloated! Before I looked like I gained 10 pounds over night! I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to fix me. I honestly wasn't sure if I would ever be pain free again. Not to mention, since the surgery I have lost 15 pounds. I am not sure why this is, if it is because I am hormone free, or my digestive system is working properly, or keeping up with (my child) has finally started to kick in, but I am not complaining. I feel good, and am doing well.
Wishing you and your family, and Miss Patti a wonderful holiday season.
Pamela B., Connecticut
E-mail received 9 months following excision of endometriosis, including excision of endometriosis nodule from rectosigmoid colon
Hi Dr. Robbins,
First and foremost, I'd like to say THANK YOU for making my dreams come true. Just to refresh your memory, I had a 6 hr surgery to remove extensive endo with you on Dec. 2014. Before my surgery, I had almost 2.5 years of infertility. In any event, 8 cycles post-op, I finally fell pregnant naturally! I'm am very happy to say I am 12.5 weeks pregnant with a due date of March 17, 2016 and everything is progressing perfectly! I couldn't thank you enough for being so meticulous and thorough with my surgery. I wholeheartedly believe that this was the missing link that brought me my fertility. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Take care, Dr. Robbins.
Laila, G., Connecticut
Here's my update.
My last cycle (Beginning of Dec) was such a night and day difference from what I typically go through. I can’t believe how easy it was. I managed with simply a few doses of Tylenol! Can you imagine? I can’t. I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I wrote a little blog about it on my website and thought I’d share it with you-
Thanks again for giving me my life back- I can’t imagine what would’ve become if I never met you.
Juliann A., Florida
Hello Dr. Robbins!
I forgot to mention to you yesterday how great I feel although I’m guessing you could tell. Even though the endo never caused me any pain, I realize now just how fatigued I was. Malaise is also a good word for what I felt. Since surgery I feel totally different - like a fog has been lifted. It’s really amazing! Even just after surgery I had more energy than I did before- it was a concerted effort to take it easy!
Carey T., New Hampshire
If you remember, I had endometriosis surgery with you in April 2015. My husband and I had been trying to conceive, and it wasn't happening for us in spite of being told everything seemed fine. I had been suffering for about a year with some severe pain a few days prior to and during my menstrual cycle, as well as during ovulation. The pain was getting to be so severe that I would black out in the bathroom. I had sought the help of several local OB/GYN doctors who all said that there was no way I had endometriosis, although I suspected it. After all, I had been able to have children without any assistance whatsoever. After my first laparoscopy where the local OB/GYN said that I only had a small abdominal adhesion and a small mass in my pelvis that he removed, I felt really depressed because he said there was no endometriosis. Sure enough, the next cycle I had was just as painful as ever. The next suggestion was either Lupron or a hysterectomy. After a couple months, the pain continued progressing so I reached out to you. I had surgery in April 2015, and you found what the local doctors had missed. You knew my husband and I hoped to be able to have just one more little one, and while you had to do some work on my ovaries (one of which was glued to my pelvic sidewall), you saved them. We were able to conceive on our own in August 2015, after being told by several reproductive endocrinologists that we had less than a 2% chance of having a baby without any intervention. Our daughter is now 7 1/2 months old and the perfect fit for our family. Not only that, I can say that in spite of getting my cycles back right away, the pain has not! I feel wonderful!
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help. I wish that every woman could have a doctor like you. You listened to me when no one else did, and I know without a doubt we wouldn't have our little miracle if you hadn't helped us. I tell every woman in my local moms group to get in touch with you. So many of them have endometriosis and are being given ineffective treatments or worse- having hysterectomies-that don't get rid of the pain. I tell them it is possible to get their lives back- they just need to see a specialist! Thank you so much for dedicating yourself to this work. We need more doctors like you in this world. You are a true blessing.
Andrea B., Virginia
I reviewed my experience with you on HealthGrades but felt that the less than 500 characters space provided to talk about my experience was not enough.
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you. Not only have you removed my endometriosis and my pain that has been a near constant in my life since I hit puberty over ten years ago, you have given me my life back. At 21 years old, I was not living.. I was barely surviving. I was depressed, and at times wondering what the purpose of continuing life was. The pain was suffocating. I couldn't run. I couldn't drive for long periods of time. I could hardly even do the stairs at my apartment without taking multiple breaks.
Reaching out to you was a leap of faith for me. It involved disregarding all my preconceived notions about doctors from poor past experiences and one horrible previous surgery to try and correct this issue. Letting go of that fear and distrust was one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life.
18 days ago today you operated on me. I feel better than I ever have in my entire life. Even less than three week post-op, I have been able to get back into cardio workouts, go for long walks with my partner, have a glass of wine, drive over 4 hours round trip in on sitting (!!!), participate in social events, and stay up late. These are all things that I could not do prior to having surgery due to horrible pain. For the first time in over 6 months, I am living without needing narcotics to manage my pain - I am not even taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
There will never be enough words to express my gratitude for you and your staff at the surgery center. My experience was phenomenal. My hope is to use my voice as an activist within my community to advocate for further education in regards to women's health and for other like me who suffer from excruciating pain to seek the help of a specialist. Not another day should go by that women are told that the obviously debilitating pain they are experiencing is normal - that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Thank you for everything you have done for me!!!
Lindsey H., Connecticut