Considering surgery with the cec?
We strongly encourage our visitors to read through our highly detailed FAQ located here for the latest updates and answers to the most frequently asked questions about the CEC's free records review and undergoing care at our Center. To learn about our approach to endometriosis utilizing surgical excision (LAPEX), click here.
The CEC was founded more than two decades ago to deliver better care for endometriosis and pelvic pain. As leaders in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, we also routinely treat adhesions, fibroids, adenomyosis and a number of complex gynecologic disorders including pelvic floor reconstructive and tubal issues. Please read on to learn about our philosophies and how to begin the process of potentially being treated here in Atlanta by our team.
The Center for Endometriosis Care (CEC) is a COEMIG-designated Center of Excellence and a Center of Expertise in endometriosis. Founded in 1991 by leading endometriosis pioneer Robert B. Albee, Jr., MD and led by Medical Director Ken Sinervo, MD, our Center's specific mission is to provide dedicated, compassionate and expert care to all who seek our services. Patients do not need to have a prior surgical diagnosis to be considered for treatment with us, and patients come to us from around the world.
Our team is committed to patient-centered caregiving and will help provide you with personalized, compassionate assistance as you navigate your journey with us. As specially trained, dedicated providers, we seek to preserve our patient's dignity and empower them through our highly integrative approach which includes not only expert treatment of endometriosis, but education and support as well. We realize living with a chronic disorder can be overwhelming, confusing and painful at times. We make your path easier by providing you with compassionate care and empowering you to take the reins of your health.
The CEC can:
- Help you understand your diagnosis and planned procedures with our Center
- Provide timely support, encouragement and authoritative answers to your questions
- Connect you with our multidisciplinary collaborators and resources
- And so much more!
To have your case file reviewed, please take a moment to provide us with your information by visiting our registration page. PLEASE; DO NOT SEND ANY RECORDS TO US FOR REVIEW WITHOUT REGISTERING. Unsolicited records from unregistered candidates cannot be considered and will be shredded. Thank you for understanding. Once you have registered, a highly-detailed e-packet will be sent to the email address you provide us with (or by postal mail). It will contain everything you need to know to undergo evaluation with us. Note that we cannot offer financial information without first reviewing your records and developing a care plan for you.
We treat endometriosis unflinchingly, with LAPEX (Laparoscopic Excision) as the surgical cornerstone of our multidisciplinary approach. To 'excise' means remove the lesions entirely, 'root to tip,' not leaving any endometriosis behind to continue to cause pain and symptoms. Laser ablation, coagulation and other superficial means of removing endometriosis leave behind deep disease and almost certain recurrence; through excision, all disease can be safely, completely removed - even from the bowel, bladder and beyond. Recurrence following excision is very low in the long term outlook, in contrast to the 40-60% rates of recurrence in the very first year following ablation, fulguration and surgical approaches which leave disease intact.
We treat all forms of endometriosis ranging from stage 1 superficial disease to advanced stage 4 and extrapelvic (lungs, sciatic, etc.) endometriosis. Lysis of adhesions and other minimally invasive procedures are also performed here routinely, based on the patient's personal situation, ranging from bowel resection to myomectomy and adnexal surgery, to advanced retroperitoneal dissection including ureterolysis, complex pelvic floor reconstruction and hysterectomy, to name but a few. All procedures are performed Laparoscopically.
You can read more about LAPEX and why it is the gold standard of surgical treatment for the disease here and also in this article by Dr Albee. Be sure to also check out "Understanding Endometriosis" and "The Case for Endometriosis Surgery" by Dr. Sinervo. Questions? We're here to help, so let us know!