Dr. Steven Vasilev

Endometriosis Specialist

Gynecologic Oncology Surgeon

Address

2121 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, California, 90404

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Specialties
  • Endometriosis Excision Surgery
  • Pelvic Endometriosis
  • Endometrioma
  • Bladder & Urinary Endometriosis
  • Diaphragmatic Endometriosis
Profile Description

Steven Vasilev, M.D., Endometriosis Specialist, Integrative Gynecologic Oncology & Complex Pelvic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgeon

City: Santa Monica, CA, USA

Philosophy: I am affiliated with a facility that is capable of molecular translational science research and testing and am interested in the molecular and immunomodulatory aspects of endo, as I am with my cancer patients. There is clearly some overlap, and that is my area of focus. We have an ongoing tissue repository study involving cfDNA and miRNA for all my patients. We also have a robust genetics counseling and testing program.

Medication: During the perioperative period we use ERAS modified care, combined with integrative modalities such as acupuncture and acupressure, to allow faster recovery with lower narcotic use. Otherwise, to avoid opioid misadventures, I use pain management consultants to focus on that aspect of the case. Although I will prescribe NSAIDs or COX-2 inhibitors (assuming no pregnancy desire), these are usually part of the pain management consultant’s strategy. If there is concern about SIBO, will consider Xifaxan along with nutritional mods. I generally do not use hormonal manipulations of GnRH variants or Aygestin as these are handled by consulting REI or generalists that have referred the patient. However, where there is persistent severe pain or bleeding it is part of the multi-disciplinary discussion with consultants/referring docs. I often recommend over the counter seaweed as a lower intervention mainstay.

Approach to Persistent Pain: Both pre and post-operatively I liberally use and encourage pelvic floor therapy and pain specialist consultation and follow-up. I am also a board-certified integrative medicine practitioner and thus apply Eastern thought such as acupuncture and mind-body strategies as well as personal nutritional counseling and interventions. I do this with my endo as well as my cancer patients.

Additional Info
Gender:

Male

Hospital Affiliations:

Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Clinics, 2121 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90404

Insurance:

Out of network

Waiting Time:

1 week

In Practice Since Year:

1990

Fellowship & Certificates:

Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, Women's Hospital, LAC/USC Medical Center Kenneth Norris /USC Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1988-1990

Residency:

Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Hospital, LAC/USC Medical Center, 1985-1988

Medical School:

University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1980-1984

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I am blessed to have Dr. Steven Vasilev. He is a compassionate medical professional who surrounds himself with a great team. I had robotic surgery and my healing is going very well. He continues to direct my ongoing after surgery treatment program and for that I am immensely grateful.

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Look no further–only wish i had known of him sooner! Excellent in everyway.

Ashlyn Bans Fernandez
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3 months ago
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Dr Vasilev, is the best surgeon I had stage 4 endometriosis, chocolate cyst, block tube and one other thing. He was able to do it all.His Endometriosis savy! Lastly his PA Lisa and RN Lisa is amazing also front desk Alicia. They are great team.Thank you so much!

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I did it!!! I survived a pretty intense 6 hour operation, thanks to Dr. Steven Vasilev. Dr. Vasilev was kind, compassionate and very thorough in answering all of my questions.
My symptoms have been building for 20 years! I am so grateful to have connected with such a skilled and compassionate surgeon, who made me feel like I was NOT a hypochondriac.
I ended up having a partial hysterectomy, appendectomy, bartholin’s gland excision from my vaginal wall, endometriosis excised from multiple places, but most notably the areas I was feeling pain! It was around my rectum, peritoneum near my bladder and near my left ovary. I am in so much pain right now, but I feel SO validated!!! Now to heal and enjoy a more peaceful, pain free life.