From CBS News, September 25, 2013
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Chief, Division of Gynecologic Surgery
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Assistant Professor, Department of OB/GYN
University of Central Florida
Founder and Director of the
McCarus Surgical Specialists for Women
From Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. His OB/GYN residency training was completed at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. He has since trained thousands of gynecologists and general surgeons on minimally invasive procedures. A board certified gynecologist, Dr. McCarus has published several articles and has performed surgery all over. Committed to women's health the American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMIS) was founded by Dr. McCarus in 2009. With over 300 members and 40 gynecological centers of excellence this institute s finding expert surgeons in the MIS field.
I came to Dr. McCarus for a second opinion. My original gynecologist had stated he would perform a hysterectomy if I wanted him to but did not believe it to be medically necessary despite the multitude of symptoms I had been experiencing for years (which were adversely affecting my quality of life) and multiple issues revealed by imaging studies. I did not want someone, though, who would simply agree to perform a hysterectomy if I wanted one; I wanted someone to give me an honest answer as to what was in my best medical interest.
Based on my symptoms and imaging studies, Dr. McCarus recommended a total laparoscopic hysterectomy with removal of everything but one ovary. In February 2013 I had the surgery and woke up actually wondering where the incisions were. He had said there would be three and there were only two, and they were extremely minor. His nurse was even impressed! Dr. McCarus chose to leave in both ovaries because he said the one he had planned to remove didn't need to be removed after all, and he wanted to make sure I had as much left intact as possible for hormonal purposes.
I went home in a day and used hardly any of the pain medication prescribed - didn't need it! I followed his instructions for resting and minimizing my activity, which was extremely difficult for me to do because I am a single mom, self-employed and always on the go, always taking care of something around the house or yard, but I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had while recovering were promptly answered via phone call, and when I was worried about a possible postsurgical complication, they got me in immediately - within an hour - and it turned out the problem was nothing at all. Dr. McCarus and his staff were always so pleasant, helpful and caring.
I'm now six months out from the surgery and you almost can't even tell I ever had it. The incision made in my belly button was actually the second I've had (I had my tubes tied back in '96) and his incision made my old one look ten times better! And my belly incision is so light that you wouldn't even know I ever had surgery. I'm guessing in another six months you won't even be able to see it! As for my old doctor who said I didn't need a hysterectomy - turns out I had endometriosis, adenomyosis, cervical cysts, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, adhesions, uterine polyps and a uterine tumor to boot - I was a mess!! And my uterus was lying smack on my bladder making me have to go to the bathroom all the time.
The surgery has been a blessing beyond anything I can describe, truly a gift from God via the hands of Dr. McCarus. I am pain free, the bladder problems from my uterus laying on top of it are gone, no periods, no early-onset menopause since I was able to keep my ovaries and practically no scarring. I can't tell you what a huge difference it has made in my quality of life!! Dr. McCarus' Christian faith is evident in his practice and in his life. He treated me with a level of kindness, respect and dignity I am not used to in doctors these days (my daughter has multiple medical issues so we're in doctors' offices frequently).
He is honest, recommends what needs to be done but only what needs to be done, and the patient's health and welfare is without question his greatest concern and what drives all that he does. The techniques he has pioneered and employs reflect the heart of his mission as a medical professional. I would highly recommend him to any woman in need of the services he offers!!
Dr. Shepherd is a new addition to Pass the Pearls as the Public Affairs and Minority Advocacy Chair on the Executive Board. In 2011, Dr. Shepherd completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Louisville where she also completed her Masters of Business Administration. She currently is at the University of Illinois at Chicago as the Director in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She has created a following among the community in offering patients laparoscopic surgical procedures that may not have been offered in their past.
Congratulations and Happy 15th Birthday to Kathy Kelley, Founder and CEO of HysterSisters.com! It was launched in August of 1998 as a "woman-to-woman" hysterectomy support website. In their 15 years online they have over 300,000 members and 30,000 visitors each day!
I am thrilled with the purpose of Pass the Pearls as there is so much...