Most of us have busy lives, and this is where office gynaecology procedures allow women to receive diagnosis and treatment in one appointment and then get on with their day.
As well as being highly cost effective, office gynaecology is a safer option, and dispenses with the need for a hospital stay. Procedures are carried out in treatment rooms rather than surgical theatres, and patients are awake, which reduces the risks of general anaesthesia and complications. Oral pain relief is given and sometimes local anaesthetic.
Treatment, whether you’re suffering from heavy periods or want to be considered for an alternative hysterectomy, can be delivered faster as there is no need to arrange a pre-operative assessment.
The best doctors for office gynaecology
But while you’re looking for convenience, your health is still the top priority and you need to be assured that the best doctors are there to help.
Mr Francis Gardner is Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Director of Gynaecology at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth.
Bringing his expertise and skill to colposcopy and laparoscopic surgery, Mr Gardner can treat endometriosis, gynaecological cancer and menstrual disorders. He is also a leading authority on office gynaecological techniques.
Mr Pandelis Athanasias, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (pictured above), is also highly experienced. He is a leading specialist in the outpatient treatment of uterine polyps, fibroids and heavy menstrual bleeding with minimally invasive techniques and procedures under local anaesthesia.
He has a special interest in clinical safety and is a member of risk management committees in both the NHS and the private sector, and adds that, “My aim and passion is to provide the best care in a safe clinical environment for my patients.
Procedures that can be performed in office gynaecology
- Removal of all polyps arising from the lining of the womb (small tissue growths which are commonly benign) and fibroids distorting the cavity of the womb.
- Endometrial ablation (a treatment for heavy periods which removes the lining of the womb).
- A hysteroscopy where the lining of the womb can be assessed by direct visualisation with a telescope (hysteroscope) and a small camera.
- MyoSure system which treats the fibroids and polyps without any cuts or scars.
Mr Francis Gardner has the most experience of hysteroscopic resection with MyoSure in Europe having personally performed more than 1500 procedures. His team presented a study of MyoSure Hysteroscopic resection at the international meeting of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in Brussels in 2014 and found that there were no complications in the series presented and the procedures were very well tolerated with low pain scores of just 2.4 out of a possible score of 10. Mr Francis Gardner is currently researching the finding that MyoSure Hysteroscopic Resection may lead to earlier detection of endometrial cancer (in polyps).
An alternative to hysterectomy
An endometrial ablation is an alternative to hysterectomy that works by treating just the womb lining rather than removing the whole womb. There are many different ways of performing this, including using laser energy, microwave energy, hot water and a heated cutting wire. However, the leading ablation is NovaSure Endometrial Ablation which uses a rapid delivery (Maximum 120 seconds) of controlled radio frequency energy with a measured scientific end point to ensure safe and reliable ablation.
Should you consider office gynaecology?
It‘s important you consult a gynaecologist with experience in office gynaecology, who can assess if you are a suitable candidate. Once this is established, the procedure can be booked. You can walk into the clinic and walk out again in the same day.
Book an appointment with Mr Francis Gardner and Mr Pandelis Athanasias at Twenty-five Harley Street Day Clinic, 25 Harley Street, Marylebone London W1G 9QW. Telephone 020 3883 9525, or email [email protected]. Visit 25harleystreet.co.uk