There is a saying…”You cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg”
But in surgery we try to do just that! Surprisingly in most cases , surgery goes well with most having a successful outcome and no major complications. More importantly, surgeons have become a victim of their own success with Community expectations that we can always make an omelette without breaking an egg. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, things do happen. Sometimes very bad things. But by and large, the egg stays intact.
We have now for many years been offering cervical screening to all sexually active women to look for abnormal changes on the neck of the womb (cervix) that may increse the risk of her developing cervical cancer. We can then offer treatment that hopefully will help in preventing the progression to cancer.
In my career, I have seen many couples voicing their fertility concerns. One of the most common question asked is “How long should I take to try for a pregnancy before becoming concerned?” This is particularly more prevalent an issue, as couples leave it later in life to try for a pregnancy.
Urinary Stress incontinence is more common in women who have had children and can be severe enough to limit their ability to undertake normal daily activity. It can also cause social isolation and loss of self-confidence.
A fibroid is a growth of the muscle of the womb. Commonly found in women, fibroids can grow to large sizes. Usually they grow over time under the influence of the female hormone, estrogen. Depending on their size and position in the womb, they can lead to differring symptoms.
In late 2017 a new screening program for cancer of the cervix (neck of the womb) will replace our current Pap smear screening.
For many years we have depended on using the Pap smear to check for abnormal cells that may lead to the possible development of cervical cancer. It is well known that this form of screening had its limitations. The interpretation of the smear test could be affected by many factors not least of all vaginal infection, changes due to menopause and so on.