Jenny Lee (Presacral Neurectomy and Lysis of Adhesions for Chronic Pelvic Pain)

I gave birth to my son by Caesarian section eight years ago. About two years after that, I began experiencing severe pain in my pelvis and lower abdomen. The various doctors I went to all told me that the pain was caused by an infection, and prescribed medication to treat it. But it never went away. For six years I experienced almost constant discomfort and was also bleeding quite a bit. I didn’t know what to do. It was affecting my work, my state of mine, and my personal relationships. I have a boyfriend, and it was hard very hard for me to have sex with him because of the pain I was feeling. I couldn’t even hold my son—it simply hurt too much.

Finally, a friend told me about Dr. Joon Song, a surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Song has used robotic surgery to operate on my friend for a gynecological problem, and she said that the procedure had gone very well and that he was a wonderful doctor. So I called his office and made an appointment to see him. Dr. Song gave me a physical examination and also did a sonogram. Based on his examination, he said that my pain was most likely caused by adhesions that had formed around my uterus in the months following my C-section, eight years ago. He explained that he would surgically remove the adhesions, but that to relieve all my symptoms he also needed to do a procedure called a presacral neurectomy, in which he would remove the nerves that were causing my pain. Dr. Song explained that this procedure is now recommended for my condition. He also told me he could do all this without taking out my uterus, so that I would still be able to have another child.

Dr. Song made me feel extremely comfortable. He spent a lot of time explaining everything he was going to do, both during my appointment and later over the telephone. Because he explained everything so carefully, I wasn’t uncertain at all. I’d been in pain for so long, it was wonderful to finally meet a doctor who understood what was causing it. When he said to me that it would be best to do the surgery using the da Vinci Si surgical robot, since it would let him work around my blood vessels and other organs with great precision, I told him that was fine with me.

The operation took place on January 25, 2011. When I woke up after the procedure, I could immediately feel the difference. My pain was gone! I didn’t even feel any discomfort from the surgery itself. Dr. Song had me stay overnight in the hospital because I have a thyroid condition, and he wanted to be sure it wasn’t acting up following the surgery. If not for that, he told me, I could have gone home that very same day.

When I went home the next day, I felt fine. Within 10 days I was completely back to my normal routine, except that now I had no pain or bleeding. The other night, I was able to hold my son for the first time since the operation—without pain! I also love to exercise, but my pain had made it very difficult. Dr. Song told me that beginning six weeks after the operation, I could exercise as hard as I wanted. He also said that after six weeks it would be okay to start having sex again. I am looking forward to the difference now that I’m pain-free—especially because I want to try to get pregnant, and the pain I was experiencing was stopping this from happening.

To anybody who comes to Dr. Song with a problem like mine, I just want to say this: Don’t be afraid, because your life is going to change completely for the better.