sHeros: Dr. Iris Orbuch is helping women to reclaim their lives from Endometriosis

Alexandra Spirer
Authority Magazine
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6 min readMar 20, 2019

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Iris Kerin Orbuch, MD who is the Director of the Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy Center in Los Angeles and New York City. She is the author of the soon to be released book, “Beating Endo: how to reclaim your life with endometriosis” She is regarded as one of only a handful of Endometriosis specialists across the world.

Thank you so much for joining us, Dr. Iris! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

As a child I loved playing video games as I spent my summer vacations trying to rescue the princess on super Mario brothers on the Nintendo platform. An avid athlete, in addition to a video game player, I further developed my hand I coordination, which is essential for a surgeon. The first time I stepped foot in the operating room during medical school, I knew it was where I belonged.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

The most amazing feeling is for when a patient returns post surgery and they say ‘thank you for giving me my life back’. Most women with endometriosis live a lifetime of invisible pain and often go on average 10 to 12 years from symptom onset to diagnosis. They suffer in silence with painful periods, painful sex, pelvic pain, intestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, painful bowel movements, infertility as well as urological symptoms. Since we don’t have imaging that diagnoses endometriosis, patients undergo countless ultrasounds, CT scans and other imaging which all come back normal. This leads health care professionals to tell women there is nothing wrong with them when in fact they truly are suffering from endometriosis. I tackle endometriosis from a multidisciplinary approach, mind-body, head to toe, east meets west approach. When a woman returns for her post op appointment I get so choked up to hear a woman smiling on the outside and smiling on the inside and thank me for giving her her life back.

March is Endometriosis Month, can you tell us more about this disease? What are the symptoms?

Endometriosis is common affecting 10% of women, 176 million women worldwide.

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Alexandra Spirer
Authority Magazine

I am an entrepreneur, publicist, journalist and event producer based in Sunny Florida. My passion is writing & giving back to others.