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My relatively harmless fibroids had grown quadruple in less than a year. I was told by my OBGYN that I needed a myomectomy. This would be my first real surgery. I was on a quest to find the best doctor. I had family members who had done this surgery before, so I had seen the complications and didn’t want to take any chances. I had a consultation with Dr Parker, he patiently explained the surgery to me (It took 35 to 40 min.) as opposed to other doctors who have 15 min visitation time. They either assumes you don’t understand because you are not a doctor or they just have to get to the next patient. Naturally I had made my decision half way through the consultation.
I was told that I had 5 fibroids. The largest one was the size of a grapefruit; my stomach was comparable to a 4m pregnant woman. Despite the MRI, it turned out I had 10 fibroids. Dr Parker removed all of them, including the smallest one (1 mm diameter!) The entire surgery took only 1.5 hours. Dr Parker’s attention & care towards his patients is remarkable. There were many post-op check-ups & calls to make sure everything is fine. My experience both with the Dr Parker & UCLA hospital was outstanding. My family and I have been to many “famous private” hospitals in the US and Europe, UCLA was as good if not better. After going through this procedure I wouldn’t have done this operation with anyone other than Dr Parker.

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flag | Submitted Jan. 24, 2015

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Piece of cake. I had a 3-pound, pedunculated fibroid removed via abdominal myomectomy. This is my very FIRST surgery, and needless to say I was terrified not only of the surgery, but the anesthesia (being put under completely) the recovery time and the pain. I did my research and I knew what I was going to be up against. Yes you do have pain, limited mobility and feel you did 1000 sit up ‘s but it’s really not that bad. However, I am completely convinced that my positive experience was a direct result of the phenomenal care and expertise of Dr. William Parker.

All the positive reviews you will read about Dr. Parker are 100% accurate. He was the 3rd doctor I consulted with regarding my fibroid and when I left his office I knew he would be the doctor I would wholeheartedly trust to handle my surgery. Why? Bottom line he cares. He cares about you as a person and as a patient. I loved that he really took his time to discuss my fibroid treatment in detail. As we sat in his office, I felt absolutely no rush to end my visit, even though he had other clients waiting. He offered up a wealth of information including a detailed review of my MRI, my surgical options, pros and cons, and what to expect after surgery. Also for those not faint of heart he provided me with a YouTube link to one of his abdominal myomectomy surgeries so I could see first hand exactly what is going to take place.

The day of surgery I was obviously nervous but as I made my way through the check in process and met the entire staff, and I knew I was in good hands. The UCLA Santa Monica Facility is very nice and well run. Before I knew it, surgery was over, I was in post op and being prepped to transferred to my room. I was in no pain and had minimal to no side effects from the anesthesia, just a little groggy. I stayed in the hospital for 2 days and Dr. Parker visited me every morning and called me every afternoon to check in (keep your phone within reach!) This formality was so comforting. He also has strict post op monitoring instructions for the nurses so several times a day and night your vitals will be taken.

I waited to write this review, as I wanted to be at least 5-6 weeks post op so I could give you overall idea of the whole process. What to expect: You will go home with a catheter, which is inserted right near your incision area. It’s basically a localized pain drip system that literally takes the pain away. I did not need oral pain meds until about 2 days post op. And that was only once a day. This system is miraculous! Since your whole core is compromised you will learn to use your arms to hoist yourself up instead of your stomach muscles. You will be constipated which is always a side affect of surgery, but just follow Dr. Parkers regimen and you will be fine. You will feel numbness around the incision and tenderness on your stomach. I heard the numbness lasts for quite a while but nothing to be concerned about. A thick like cord will form under the incision, which I was told was collagen 2, that forms around foreign bodies (inside stiches). It’s hard and bulky which kind of freaked me out but again Dr. Parker explained that this collagen 2 will dissipate and be replaced with another collagen that is thin and flexible and flat. It has gone down tremendously since the operation however I hear it will take about 4-6 months to disappear completely. I started walking around the day of surgery. It was slow and you walk a bit bent over like and 90 year old but after the 1st week my pace picked up as well as my overall mobility. The first week I only took pain medication at night right before I went to sleep. And if you are like me that you can’t sleep on your back I managed to sleep on my side by propping a pillow between my legs, which really seemed to help the discomfort. By week two I was able to do everything on my own, the pain was pretty much gone and my energy level was back. I would only get tired early evening. By week three I was not taking any more pain medication and I felt just a bit of tenderness around the incision but other than that I would say I was pretty much back to normal. The doctor and I agreed that although I was feeling great I would not start my full blow exercise routine until week 6 to let the insides heal. In my 4th week I began walking (not running) the trails and also walking the stairs and lightweight training for my arms. My 5th week is coming to an end, and people ask me, how I’m doing. I have to stop and remember that they are talking about my surgery and recovery. It’s seems as though I’ve completely forgotten I ever had it. That’s how far I’ve come in 5 weeks!

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flag | Submitted Jan. 10, 2015

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I knew my ordeal was over at my first appointment with Dr. William Parker. We looked at my pelvic MRI images on his computer and he explained about the fibroids and the reasons for the symptoms including the painful heavy periods, anemia and potential infertility. He pointed out the multiple smaller fibroids in addition to the bigger ones that were mentioned on the MRI report. He recommended abdominal myomectomy to remove all the fibroids. He put the important information together and it all finally made sense. He answered all my questions thoroughly and patiently. He is such a nice person and very smart! I just wish someone pointed him out to me at the very moment I was diagnosed with fibroid. It could have saved me a lot of stress, time and energy. I thank the HERS foundation for guiding me to Dr. Parker finally. That same day I saw Dr. Parker, I set up the appointment for the surgery to be done about 3months later. I cannot begin to explain the sense of relief I felt from that day on.
Three days before the surgery, I had the pre-op appointment at Dr. Parker’s office. He went over the surgery plan with me. I felt very lucky that I was in safe hands. I also received papers with very helpful and well organized information. It included things to expect after the surgery that Dr. Parker mentioned, and some tips about shopping to do before the surgery. It was a very helpful reference!
On the day of the surgery, from the moment I arrived at the UCLA Medical Center at Santa Monica, I noticed how all the different personnel and nurses knew their job and parts they played and how it all synced perfectly; it was impressive how smooth everything went. I was a bit anxious being in a hospital environment and anticipating my surgery. But Dr. Parker came to see me before the surgery and he put me at ease. Post-surgery, I did not feel much pain from the actual surgery area thanks to the ON-Q device that Dr. Parker put on the incision area. The next morning, Dr. Parker showed me pictures of all the fibroids that were removed – there were 9 fibroids! He continued to visit me every morning and called at the end of the day to check on how my day went while I stayed at the hospital for 3.5days. He was very thoughtful and caring. There were several people I met from the time I registered to the time I left the hospital, and everyone was very helpful.
One the 5th day after the surgery, I went back to Dr. Parker’s office for suture removal. He removed all the tapes, ON-Q catheter and suture, and replaced the Steri-Strips. He was gentle and the procedure was painless and quick. Talking to him about the new symptoms I felt after leaving the hospital - particularly the period-like bleeding, he put me at ease once again. He answered all the questions I had in mind. After I got back to my hotel, I tried to show the result to my mother since the wound covers were removed. It was amazing how we could not instantly locate the exact incision area. My mother was looking close to the general area that had Steri-Strips and her first reaction was “where is it?” Even after we located the incision area, it looked like a thin skin fold; there were no bruises and it was very clean. The incision location was also perfect – it was a horizontal incision low in the bikini area. It was a great work! Dr. Parker is awesome :)
Today is the very first day of a new year for 2015. It has been about 3 weeks since my surgery to remove all the fibroids from my uterus. My recovery has been going smooth so far. And I am looking forward to a fresh start to a healthier life thanks to Dr. Parker!

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flag | Submitted Jan. 1, 2015

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hen I found out I had a grapefruit size fibroid inside of my uterus, I was devastated. I am only 27 and a hysterectomy is just unthinkable. I conducted a lot of research and scheduled consultations with numerous doctors. After meeting Dr. Parker, I knew I found the right person. Dr. Parker is one of the most amazing doctors I’ve ever met. He is experienced, knowledgeable and very person

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flag | Submitted Dec. 17, 2014

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When I found out I had a grapefruit size fibroid inside of my uterus, I was devastated. I am only 27 and a hysterectomy is just unthinkable. I conducted a lot of research and scheduled consultations with numerous doctors. After meeting Dr. Parker, I knew I found the right person. Dr. Parker is one of the most amazing doctors I’ve ever met. He is experienced, knowledgeable and very personable. There are so many great things I wish to say about him and I don’t even know where to start…so I guess I will work chronologically.

Dr. Parker is very busy and I had to wait some time before I was able to schedule an appointment with him. But sometimes…the best thing is worth waiting for. What surprised me was when I went to my first appointment I did not have to wait at all in the waiting room. Unlike most doctors who schedule 2-3 patients at a specific timeframe and it’s always full of people in the waiting room, there was no one in the waiting room except me. Dr. Parker’s nurse took me in right away and he was waiting for me in his office. I really loved that! It shows me that Dr. Parker respects his patients and their time even though he is extremely busy. During our first consultation, Dr. Parker spent an hour with me explaining the surgical procedure and answering all of my questions. Not a single moment where I felt like he was rushing me to leave. But the most important thing was he is very knowledgeable and an experienced surgeon. There are good doctors, but not every doctor is a good surgeon.

Due to Dr. Parker’s packed surgery schedule, my surgery was scheduled 3 months later. After one month, I couldn’t take it anymore because the fibroid was affecting my personal and professional life. I was also very anemic. I did not want to go to any other doctor. After being very persistent, I was able to schedule another appointment with Dr. Parker and even though his schedule was very backed up, he agreed to give me an earlier surgery date. I was so relieved and happy!

On the day of my surgery, Dr. Parker came to see me right before my surgery and answered any concerns I had. The surgery was a breeze. I had a good dream because I knew I was in good hands and woke up fibroid-free. Dr. Parker called me at night to check up on me. He came to see me in the morning and called me again in the evening. He is so down to earth and he truly cares about his patients.

Dr. Parker’s surgery skills are superb and he uses advanced technology. I suffered very little pain throughout the entire process. He told me I broke the world record when I told him I went to work after one week of recovery (I had a myomectomy). All thanks to him! My scar also looks amazing so far. Living in LA, I am always in my bikini, so I’m glad no scar will be visible. I recommend Dr. Parker to any woman suffering from fibroid! Don’t be discouraged by the wait if you have to wait a little; don’t be discouraged by the distance if you have to travel a little. It’s your body, you want the BEST surgeon to work on it and he is that person!

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flag | Submitted Dec. 9, 2014

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I am a 33 year old woman with no children but do hope to have children one day. In 2007, while in law school, I fell ill and was extremely weak and dizzy. After many checks the doctors determined that I was anemic (due to heavy menstrual cycles accompanied by clots) and advised that I use a lot of iron supplements. By 2010, I began to gain weight around my abdominal area, but I reckoned that this was simply normal weight gain as a result of reduced physical activity. To my dismay, during my regular yearly exam, my General Practitioner informed me that she suspected I had fibroids and requested an ultrasound to authenticate the same.
I then began consultations with a local gynecologist who reviewed my case and determined my situation was not so dire (6 fibroids largest approximately 4.8 cm) and advised that it was better to adopt the “watch and wait approach”. Two years were spent “watching and waiting”; by this time the fibroids grew and another one showed up on the ultrasound. My abdomen size increased and the gynecologist decided an abdominal myomectomy would be the ideal solution. However, he expressed skepticism to proceed with the abdominal myomectomy because one of the fibroids was in close proximity to my tubes.
Three years later (2013), I was still living with fibroids, I was getting heavier periods, constant urination from bladder pressure caused by the fibroids, discomfort in my pelvic area during ovulation, lower back pain, discomfort during menstruation and congratulatory messages from well meaning individuals who perceived, from the appearance of my abdomen, that I was an expectant mother. I grew tired of all this and sought the opinion of two other gynecologists, one in neighboring Puerto Rico and the other locally. Still unsatisfied and disillusioned, while busy at work one day, I asked a friend to search for the best laparoscopic surgeon in the United States. In a matter of minutes she called back and said “I think I found him”. She gave me the name Dr. William Parker. I sat for hours reading and researching about Dr. Parker and was very impressed by what I read. Dr. Parker’s CV was phenomenal, his patient reviews excellent and his website was very informative. Further, I surmised that not only does this doctor have extensive experience in this type of surgery, but was held in such high regard by his peers that he was chosen to impart his knowledge to the students of the prestigious UCLA. I thought to myself that surely he must be better than the other gynecologist whom I had consulted. I made the call and upon Dr. Parker’s request I did an MRI (the first and only doctor to request same). I made an appointment and flew from the British Virgin Islands to California.
Meeting with Dr. Parker was really comfortable. Although he is an extremely accomplished surgeon, Dr. Parker spoke to us (my friend and I) as though we were his old friends, people he knew and loved for years and was excited to see once again. It was easy to forget that this was actually a doctor-patient meeting. Dr. Parker reviewed my MRI with me, wrote down all the options that were available to me, ruled out those that were not recommended for my particular case, answered the myriad of questions I asked and simply allayed all my fears. It was evident that his knowledge on the subject matter was very extensive. After this meeting, he allowed me time to choose the option I felt most comfortable with and to make the necessary appointment when I was ready. After much consideration, I made the long trip back to California to have the abdominal myomectomy. Although initially I disapproved of the abdominal myomectomy, I decided to take that option mainly because Dr. Parker discovered a smaller fibroid that went undetected by the other gynecologist and could not be removed laparoscopically.
On Nov 10, 2014, I had my abdominal myomectomy at the UCLA, Santa Monica Health Center. Dr. Parker removed, to my horror, a total of 17 fibroids without complication. I had no pain from the incision itself, thanks to the ON-Q pump Dr Parker left in place a few days post op.
Although still in recovery (3 weeks post op), I feel great, I have no need for medication, my incision is barely noticeable (thanks to Dr. Parker’s suturing technique) and most importantly, I am fibroid free. I could not have asked for a better surgeon and a more caring doctor. For me, it doesn’t matter the distance, covering it to have Dr. Parker as my surgeon was well worth it and I would certainly do it again if necessary. I have no regrets about making that long trip. I will forever be grateful to GOD that such a talented surgeon exists, that he accepted me as a patient and that he is my surgeon.
To those women suffering with fibroids, I would recommend that, before making a life altering decision, seek out the expertise of Dr. William Parker.
Thank you Dr. Parker and team!

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flag | Submitted Dec. 3, 2014

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I absolutely, without hesitation, recommend Dr. Parker. His credentials, expertise, and demeanor are of the highest standards and you will be in great hands!

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid during a routine pelvic exam. I had no symptoms but, over time, I noticed that my abdomen had enlarged and I was becoming more uncomfortable. The fibroid, located toward the front of my uterus, was now positioned on top of my bladder. An MRI showed the fibroid to be about 10 cm in diameter and, according to one doctor, the size of a 4 month pregnancy. At the age of 56, I decided that it was time to take action.

My gynecologist suggested three alternatives:
- hysterectomy
- uterine fibroid embolization (shrinking of the fibroid by blocking its blood supply)
- myomectomy (removal of the fibroid)

My research took me to Dr. Parker's website where I found, to my relief, all the information I was looking for in one location. I printed the "Questions Everyone Should Ask Their Doctor Before Surgery" and used it to interview local specialists. A highly respected surgeon I interviewed in Portland was directing me toward a hysterectomy as my best option until I mentioned that I intended to also consult with Dr. Parker. He paused and said, "I would not hesitate to go to Dr. Parker. I've heard him speak and he has an excellent reputation." When I interviewed Dr. Parker, it became immediately clear that a laparascopic myomectomy was my best choice, allowing me to finally be rid of the fibroid while keeping my uterus. Although other doctors had described this procedure as more complicated than a hysterectomy, it seemed second nature to Dr. Parker.

My outpatient surgery was performed at the UCLA medical center in about two hours. Because of my confidence in Dr. Parker, I felt at ease through the entire process and knew that I had made the right decision. When I met the anesthesiologist the morning of the surgery, he was so warm and engaging, he made me feel even more at ease. I healed very quickly, with minimal pain, and only three very small incisions. Three days after the surgery, I took a three mile walk on the beach.

Even though this was my first surgery, the entire experience was very positive and I am ecstatic with the outcome!

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flag | Submitted Nov. 24, 2014

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I decided to seek Dr. Parker for a second opinion after my previous obgyn advised me to do myomectomy to remove my uterine fibroid. The worst part was, my previous obgyn refused to send me for a second MRI test although the first MRI report and his finding was incoherent.
From the time I met Dr. Parker, I felt very confident to have my fibroid removed by him. Dr. Parker explained everything clearly from location of my fibroid, size, type of procedure, and recovery time. Instead of having myomectomy, Dr. Parker performed laparoscopy which only took about three hours and I could go home on the same day. With laparoscopy, I had small incisions and faster recovery time. Two weeks after surgery, I went back to my normal activity with very little discomfort. One month after surgery, I have no pain at all and no restriction from doing certain exercise movement that I used to have before my surgery. Dr. Parker is very caring, knowledgeable, and the best doctor. He is highly recommended for any kind of fibroid related issues.

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flag | Submitted Nov. 14, 2014

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Four years ago, I was diagnosed with having a very small uterine fibroid less than 2 cm. Within 6 months it had grown to an alarming 10 cm. My gynecologist told me I could just live with it for the rest of my life, and so I believed him and just dealt with it. After two years, I began feeling excruciating pain in my stomach and belly button. A CT Scan showed that the fibroid had grown to almost 15 cm! I was worried, scared, and in constant pain. My gynecologist told me the only treatment would be to have a full hysterectomy. So, I scheduled it and anxiously waited. When it came time for my pre-op appointment, he confided in me that he was losing sleep over how he was going to get it out of me! I cancelled the surgery immediately and began searching for an experienced surgeon. I met and consulted with the best doctors in Texas, and all of them told me the same thing in that I would need a full hysterectomy. They would all stare at my stomach in disbelief at the sheer size of it. I looked as if I was 5 months pregnant. They all told me they would have to cut me vertically…from my pubic bone up past my belly button. I cried myself to sleep every night, terrified that no one would be able to help me. Then, one day I stumbled upon Dr. Parker’s website. I was blown away by his impressive resume. I stared in disbelief at the pictures of fibroids he had removed in other women. In one picture he had removed two fibroids that were both 14 cm with just a bikini cut. I thought to myself, if he can remove two that are my size, then he would be able to remove my one without cutting me all up. From the moment I spoke to Dr. Parker on the phone, I felt calm and hopeful. What was even more shocking is that he told me I wouldn’t need a hysterectomy…and that he could perform the procedure laparoscopically! I couldn’t believe my ears. For the first time in 6 months, I felt at peace knowing that there was a surgeon who would be able to take care of me. So, I scheduled the surgery, and two months later I travelled to California and met Dr. Parker. He automatically put my mind and soul at rest with his kindness, compassion, and caring. He truly has an amazing bedside manner that surpasses any doctor I have ever met. He allowed me to ask question after question and answered every single one of them fully and patiently. The day of the surgery, I was extremely nervous, but when I saw him he removed any fear or doubt I felt. I knew I was in the best hands and that he would take care of me. And he did. The surgery was an absolute success. It has been 3 weeks since my surgery, and I can say without any reservations that Dr. Parker has changed my life. He gave me back a quality of life that I had been missing for 4 years. He has truly been a blessing to me, and I thank God everyday such an exceptional surgeon exists.

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flag | Submitted Nov. 7, 2014

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I am truly grateful to Dr. Parker, not only for the second opinion (actually, fifth) that he provided me but also for the “second chance” that he gave my uterus after three local gynecologists recommended hysterectomy and a fourth suggested another procedure in which I did not have full confidence. My holistic perspective on health and wellness has helped me appreciate the energetic relationships among the organs and the value in keeping one’s organs whenever possible. Dr. Parker gave me that option, and I’ll never regret flying all the way from Virginia first to consult with him and then for the procedure. I felt very comfortable with him from day one! Dr. Parker is several steps ahead of others in his profession. After receiving the devastating news from the other gynecologists, their diagnoses based on ultrasound results alone, Dr. Parker’s taking the time to request and consider my MRI and help me explore alternatives was a much-appreciated relief that far exceeded my expectations. Also admirable was his thoroughness in patient care after the abdominal myomectomy. My 23 fibroids, some large, and others not showing up on my ultrasound scans, are now gone! Just one day after the procedure, I was able to walk around in my hospital ward and was feeling only minimal discomfort. Dr. Parker has truly done what I had regarded as impossible! My only regret is that he was my “fifth stop” (he came to my attention only after extensive research) – but to other women experiencing fibroids, I am pleased to recommend that he be their first.

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