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Female pelvic disorders diagnosed and treated without delay
Seeing a consultant privately at The Princess Margaret brings the benefit of being seen quickly by a consultant gynaecologist of your choosing, with longer appointments than those offered on the NHS, giving you ample time to address all of your concerns. You’ll also have rapid access to scans and blood tests, helping you avoid weeks or even months of uncertainty.
You may have already seen your GP, but very often you won’t have received a detailed explanation about your symptoms and what can be done about them. By seeing a dedicated gynaecologist at The Princess Margaret, you’ll be given answers, as well as a clear and concise run-through of your personalised treatment plan.
If you’re based in Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot or further afield, and you’ve been concerned about any of your symptoms, why not book a consultation with us today?
Treatment will depend on the specific condition diagnosed, with individualised treatments according to your wishes. Some patients may be averse to having surgery, instead preferring a conservative approach with medical/non-surgical treatment. Your consultant can offer an opinion on which treatment may be most effective or closest in line to your goals for recovery, but ultimately it will be your decision.
By seeing us privately, your treatment plan will be formed with your specific wishes in mind, rather than the typical protocol for treatment on the NHS which may be more limited.
Very often, surgical options are laparoscopic (a form of keyhole surgery), involving small incisions (cuts) made across your abdomen, allowing access for a telescope and any necessary surgical instruments. This can be used as a diagnostic tool to help confirm suspected endometriosis, ovarian cysts or fibroids, and certain minor procedures can be performed at the same time, such as a biopsy (small tissue sample).
Most laparoscopic surgeries are offered as a day case procedure, with some requiring an overnight stay for observation.
Hysteroscopy, involving a camera inspection of the inside of the uterus, may also be used for diagnostic purposes, particularly for diagnosing the cause of abnormal bleeding. Using surgical instruments, a biopsy can be taken, and removal of polyps or small fibroids can be undertaken at the same time.
Hormonal treatments such as HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) to treat symptoms of the menopause can be administered either as an oral tablet, through the skin with an adhesive patch or gel, or implanted beneath the skin with an injection. This will largely depend on your symptoms and the specifics of the hormones and dosage required, which is again why a personalised approach is so beneficial.
A surgical procedure known as a Hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, and is sometimes used as a last resort for patients who have tried other treatments for painful and/or heavy periods which have been unsuccessful. This surgery may also be used for treating fibroids, endometriosis, and some forms of cancer, and typically takes one of three forms:
Your consultant will be able to advise you on which type of procedure you may require, weighing up the risks and benefits of this major surgery. By ensuring you understand any ramifications, such as the inability to get pregnant or have periods afterwards, you are kept well-informed, giving you control over your own healthcare and the decisions involved.
Your consultant will likely follow this up with a physical examination, likely including a pelvic exam. Sometimes this will be enough for your consultant to make a diagnosis, but they may request further investigations, such as blood tests and scans. All scans are offered in our Imaging department on-site at Princess Margaret, including:
A follow-up consultation will involve discussions about the results of any scans or tests, a full explanation of your diagnosis, as well as a definitive treatment plan for your specific condition. Depending on the condition itself, you will normally have a number of options, from medical treatment (such as tablets) to more extensive solutions (such as surgery).
If you are experiencing symptoms such as irregular periods or abnormal bleeding, why not book a consultation with one of our Gynaecology specialists today?
Our consultants can outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any necessary diagnostic scans, treatment and surgery if required.