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A salpingectomy is a surgical procedure to remove one or both fallopian tubes. It is often performed to treat serious gynecological conditions such as ectopic pregnancies or cancer. By removing the fallopian tubes, the procedure helps to al...

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a woman’s uterus. It may be recommended for various conditions such as uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, or cancer. In Australia, hysterectomies are relativel...

“Chocolate cyst”, also called Ovarian Endometrioma, is a type of benign ovarian cyst which forms when cells from the internal lining of the uterus (called endometrium) are found within the ovary, forming a dark old blood fluid-f...

What is Endometrial Ablation?   Endometrial ablation is one of several non-hormonal treatment options of heavy periods. It is a non-invasive surgical procedure involving the delivery of high-dose radio, thermal, or microwave energy ins...

What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove the uterus (womb). It may also involve the removal of the cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries.   Hysterectomy Types There are different types of hysterectomi...

What is Endometrial Hyperplasia? Endometrial Hyperplasia is a condition where the endometrium (the internal lining of the uterus) has overgrown and becomes thicker than normal. This can result in abnormal bleeding including heavy periods or...

An increasing number of women with the Essure contraceptive device are requesting its removal. In this blog, we will cover what the Essure device is, why women are seeking its removal, and how we can remove it safely. Dr Kent Kuswanto is a ...

The da Vinci robotic surgery is the pioneer and most advanced robotic surgical system for gynaecology procedures. The robot doesn’t perform the gynaecology procedure on its own though. It may look like the robot performs the surgery, but ...

Gynaecology surgery is surgery on the female reproductive system and can be categorised according to the surgical approach; open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. There can be variety of different reasons for gynaecological surgery and...

What is Robotic Hysterectomy? Robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery in which a robotic surgical system is used to remove the uterus. The robotic surgical system is deployed to control miniaturised surgical instruments through...

What is a hysteroscopy? A hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure used to examine the inside of a woman’s womb (uterus). It’s carried out using a hysteroscope, a thin telescope with a light source and camera attached at the end. The hyster...

On a rare week off in between lockdowns, I found myself in an antique shop where I stumbled across a copy of Woman’s Day magazine from 1979 containing a special section on ‘Choosing a Gynaecologist’. Reading through the article, I rea...

What Are Fibroids? Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that develop in the uterus. Fibroids can grow in any part of the uterus and are classified into subtypes according to which layer of muscle they are located  (see diagram below). Treat...

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on or inside the ovaries. While many ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms and are incidentally found during radiological imaging, they can sometimes cause discomfort and pain. Most ovaria...

Endometrial ablation is a non-invasive surgical procedure involving the delivery of high-dose radio, thermal, or microwave energy inside the uterus to destroy (ablate) the internal lining (endometrium) of the uterus. This process is carried...

WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is the use of information or communication technology to deliver health or medical care from a distance. This means that your consultation with your doctor takes place via phone or video calls such as Skype,...

First approved in the USA two decades ago, da Vinci robotic surgery has now become more commonly available in Australia. It is the only available robotic surgery system in Australia so far, although a few other systems are coming onboard so...

Fibroids are the most common benign growth arising from the muscle of the uterus in women of reproductive age, affecting up to 40% of women. As fibroids are responsive to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, they can grow in s...

The majority of fibroids are incidental, small and do not cause any symptoms. As some fibroids grow larger, they become more symptomatic and eventually require treatment. At this stage, women face weighing up the pros and cons of each treat...

Heavy menstrual bleeding is extremely common, affecting up to 1 in 3 women. It can lead to cramps, pelvic pain and even headaches. In the long term, loss of iron stores in the body leads to generalised fatigue. These symptoms accumulate and...

Fibroids are the commonest benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the uterus (womb), affecting up to half of all women. They are mostly incidental and do not cause symptoms unless they are large, leading to heavy periods, pressure and reduced fe...

You will understandably be nervous on the day of your surgery. Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or the hospital you are having surgery in as many questions as you can. Knowing what to expect on the day of surgery can be helpful.......

You may be referred to see a gynaecologist by your local GP for a number of reasons. These include abnormal menstrual bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, abnormal pap test results, family planning, difficulty falling pregnant, p...

What is Telehealth? Telehealth is the use of information or communication technology to deliver health or medical care from a distance. This means that your consultation with your doctor takes place via phone or video calls such as Skype,...

If you are considering a hysterectomy, you may have come across a few different terms used to describe this surgery. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of uterus. While many women think that hysterectomy includes the removal of ovaries ...

Second opinion consultations in gynaecology If you have been recommended a particular medical or surgical treatment for a gynaecological condition, be it endometriosis, adenomyosis, a fibroid, ovarian cyst or heavy periods, it is normal for...

Do you need a referral to see a gynaecologist? How do you get a second opinion? You need a referral from your GP to see a specialist gynaecologist in order to receive a Medicare rebate from the consultation and treatment fee. This is also g...

Do you need a laparoscopy to treat endometriosis? The recent media spotlight on endometriosis and release of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis by the Australian Government will hopefully lead to a better understanding of endometrio...

Heavy periods are extremely common, affecting up to 1 in 5 women. They have a significant physical, emotional, social and financial impact on women and their family. There are different treatment options for different causes of heavy period...

If you have been recommended a hysterectomy, there is no doubt you will be wondering how your body might feel afterwards. In the immediate post operative period, the pace of recovery greatly depends on the method of surgery, whether it be m...

Why all the fuss about robotic surgery? Robotic surgery has been hailed as the next generation of minimally invasive surgery by the marketing machine of Intuitive Surgical – maker of the only available surgical robot system – da Vin...

Wanting to see someone regarding your gynaecological problem? Wondering who to see and how to see them? Here are some common considerations when deciding who to see. What is a gynaecologist? A gynaecologist is a specialist doctor who cares ...

  • A salpingectomy is a surgical procedure to remove one or both fallopian tubes. It is often performed to treat serious gynecological conditions such as ectopic pregnancies or cancer. By removing the fallopian tubes, the procedure helps to al...

  • GYN Connect 2024 Recently, I received an invitation to participate in the inaugural GYN Connect Australia 2024 in Melbourne, serving on its Scientific Committee. GYN Connect is a full-day gathering convening gynaecological surgeons and lead...

  • A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a woman’s uterus. It may be recommended for various conditions such as uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, or cancer. In Australia, hysterectomies are relativel...

  • Many women think of OB/GYN as a single specialist they can visit for their health and pregnancy needs. While they are both highly specialised doctors treating women’s reproductive health needs, obstetricians and gynaecologists are separate ...

  • Uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths of the uterus. They are the commonest benign tumour arising from the muscular layer of the uterus. Many women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lifespan. Since the...

  • “Chocolate cyst”, also called Ovarian Endometrioma, is a type of benign ovarian cyst which forms when cells from the internal lining of the uterus (called endometrium) are found within the ovary, forming a dark old blood fluid-f...

  • What is Endometrial Ablation?   Endometrial ablation is one of several non-hormonal treatment options of heavy periods. It is a non-invasive surgical procedure involving the delivery of high-dose radio, thermal, or microwave energy ins...

  • What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove the uterus (womb). It may also involve the removal of the cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries.   Hysterectomy Types There are different types of hysterectomies: T...

  • Opportunistic Bilateral Salpingectomy: Does It Reduce The Risk of Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a lethal disease that affects thousands of women worldwide. It is often difficult to detect in its early stages, leading to high mortality r...

  • What is Endometrial Hyperplasia? Endometrial Hyperplasia is a condition where the endometrium (the internal lining of the uterus) has overgrown and becomes thicker than normal. This can result in abnormal bleeding including heavy periods or...

  • Postmenopausal Bleeding: What Does it Mean and What Should You Do? Postmenopausal bleeding can be of concern if you have stopped menstruating for a while. It might be frightening to see blood again after you have grown accustomed to not hav...

  • What is Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation or Bilateral salpingectomy? The fallopian tubes are part of the female reproductive tract. They are paired structures through which an egg (ovum) travels from ovary to uterus. Fertilisation of an egg by s...

  • An increasing number of women with the Essure contraceptive device are requesting its removal. In this blog, we will cover what the Essure device is, why women are seeking its removal, and how we can remove it safely. Dr Kent Kuswanto is a ...

  • The da Vinci robotic surgery is the pioneer and most advanced robotic surgical system for gynaecology procedures. The robot doesn’t perform the gynaecology procedure on its own though. It may look like the robot performs the surgery, but in...

  • Gynaecology surgery is surgery on the female reproductive system and can be categorised according to the surgical approach; open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. There can be variety of different reasons for gynaecological surgery and...

  • What is Robotic Hysterectomy? Robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery in which a robotic surgical system is used to remove the uterus. The robotic surgical system is deployed to control miniaturised surgical instruments through...

  • What is a hysteroscopy? A hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure used to examine the inside of a woman’s womb (uterus). It’s carried out using a hysteroscope, a thin telescope with a light source and camera attached at the end. The hysterosco...

  • On a rare week off in between lockdowns, I found myself in an antique shop where I stumbled across a copy of Woman’s Day magazine from 1979 containing a special section on ‘Choosing a Gynaecologist’. Reading through the article, I realised ...

  • What Are Fibroids? Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that develop in the uterus. Fibroids can grow in any part of the uterus and are classified into subtypes according to which layer of muscle they are located  (see diagram below). Treatme...

  • Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on or inside the ovaries. While many ovarian cysts do not cause any symptoms and are incidentally found during radiological imaging, they can sometimes cause discomfort and pain. Most ovarian...

  • Endometrial ablation is a non-invasive surgical procedure involving the delivery of high-dose radio, thermal, or microwave energy inside the uterus to destroy (ablate) the internal lining (endometrium) of the uterus. This process is carried...

  • WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is the use of information or communication technology to deliver health or medical care from a distance. This means that your consultation with your doctor takes place via phone or video calls such as Skype, Z...

  • Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to treat heavy periods. It is highly effective with up to 90% of women having either very light periods or no periods at all after this procedure. It is an alternative to women...

  • First approved in the USA two decades ago, da Vinci robotic surgery has now become more commonly available in Australia. It is the only available robotic surgery system in Australia so far, although a few other systems are coming onboard so...

  • The da Vinci Surgical System is currently the only available robotic surgical system in Australia. It is made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. First approved two decades ago, more than 7 millions surgical procedures have now been...

  • Fibroids are the most common benign growth arising from the muscle of the uterus in women of reproductive age, affecting up to 40% of women. As fibroids are responsive to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, they can grow in size ...

  • The majority of fibroids are incidental, small and do not cause any symptoms. As some fibroids grow larger, they become more symptomatic and eventually require treatment. At this stage, women face weighing up the pros and cons of each treat...

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding is extremely common, affecting up to 1 in 3 women. It can lead to cramps, pelvic pain and even headaches. In the long term, loss of iron stores in the body leads to generalised fatigue. These symptoms accumulate and...

  • Fibroids are the commonest benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the uterus (womb), affecting up to half of all women. They are mostly incidental and do not cause symptoms unless they are large, leading to heavy periods, pressure and reduced fe...

  • You will understandably be nervous on the day of your surgery. Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or the hospital you are having surgery in as many questions as you can. Knowing what to expect on the day of surgery can be helpful.......

  • You may be referred to see a gynaecologist by your local GP for a number of reasons. These include abnormal menstrual bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, abnormal pap test results, family planning, difficulty falling pregnant, p...

  • What is Telehealth? Telehealth is the use of information or communication technology to deliver health or medical care from a distance. This means that your consultation with your doctor takes place via phone or video calls such as Skype, Z...

  • If you are considering a hysterectomy, you may have come across a few different terms used to describe this surgery. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of uterus. While many women think that hysterectomy includes the removal of ovaries ...

  • What is adenomyosis Adenomyosis is a condition in which the cells that are normally found in the internal lining of the uterus (endometrial cells) are found within the muscle of the uterus. As these cells are hormonally responsive, they gro...

  • Second opinion consultations in gynaecology If you have been recommended a particular medical or surgical treatment for a gynaecological condition, be it endometriosis, adenomyosis, a fibroid, ovarian cyst or heavy periods, it is normal for...

  • Do you need a referral to see a gynaecologist? How do you get a second opinion? You need a referral from your GP to see a specialist gynaecologist in order to receive a Medicare rebate from the consultation and treatment fee. This is also g...

  • Do you need a laparoscopy to treat endometriosis? The recent media spotlight on endometriosis and release of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis by the Australian Government will hopefully lead to a better understanding of endometrio...

  • Heavy periods are extremely common, affecting up to 1 in 5 women. They have a significant physical, emotional, social and financial impact on women and their family. There are different treatment options for different causes of heavy period...

  • If you have been recommended a hysterectomy, there is no doubt you will be wondering how your body might feel afterwards. In the immediate post operative period, the pace of recovery greatly depends on the method of surgery, whether it be m...

  • Why all the fuss about robotic surgery? Robotic surgery has been hailed as the next generation of minimally invasive surgery by the marketing machine of Intuitive Surgical – maker of the only available surgical robot system – da Vinci...

  • Wanting to see someone regarding your gynaecological problem? Wondering who to see and how to see them? Here are some common considerations when deciding who to see. What is a gynaecologist? A gynaecologist is a specialist doctor who cares ...

  • Endometrial polyps are common findings in women presenting with abnormal uterine bleeding – heavy menstrual bleeding, intermenstrual bleeding, and postmenopausal bleeding. Its prevalence is also higher in women with subfertility. Polyps may...

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