26 Oct Do I need a referral for a gynaecologist
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 good practice as the specialist can communicate and liaise with your GP for a treatment plan and follow up. To obtain a second opinion, you can ask your GP for a referral to another specialist.
Understandably, you may not wish inform the initial doctor, however, it is important to bring all previous records and investigations so tests are not repeated unnecessarily, and a treatment decision can be made promptly.
Every patient is affected differently by a health condition so treatments need to be tailored to the individual. All treatment options, whether medical or surgical have their advantages, disadvantages, side effects and risks. These need to be balanced and acceptable to you. It is important to obtain as much information as possible so you can make an informed choice about your health. Be honest and open minded, and learn how to talk to your doctor, ask questions and make informed decisions. Ask for second opinion if this will make you more confident in your decision making. Health care is based on open communication, transparency and trust.
About Dr Kuswanto – Melbourne Gynaeologist
Dr Kuswanto is a fully qualified specialist gynaecologist who is a Fellow of RANZCOG.
Kent commenced his specialist training in one of Melbourne’s premier teaching women’s hospital – Mercy Hospital for Women. He then completed his advanced training and fellowship (Surgical Gynaecological Oncology) in another leading tertiary hospital – Monash Medical Centre. This extra training gave him valuable high volume experience and expertise in complex gynaecological pelvic surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery including robotic surgery.
He focuses his practice to minimally invasive gynaecology surgery. Dr Kuswanto has extensive experience in treating women with a full range of gynaecological problems including abnormal heavy or irregular periods, ovarian cysts, fibroids, adenomyosis and endometriosis, abnormal pap smears to name a few. Dr Kuswanto also has extensive experience in laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, ovarian cyst removal & endometrial ablation procedures.