Dr Kent Kuswanto is a specialist gynaecologist practising at the Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne.
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.
Who is a Gynaecologist
A gynaecologist is a specialist doctor who cares for women and specialises in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases of women’s reproductive organs – such as problems with periods, contraception, abnormal pap test, menopause, infections and cancers of reproductive organs among others.
Conditions a Gynaecologist can treat
- Heavy Periods: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) is a common problem, affecting almost 1 in 3 women. It is one of the commonest reasons why a woman would visit their GP or gynaecologist. While it is almost never life threatening, it can cause a lot of problem to a woman – physically, emotionally, and socially.
- Ovarian Cysts: Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled (or occasionally solid) growth within the ovary. Most ovarian cysts are benign (non-cancerous).
- Fibroids: Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growth of the muscle of the uterus (womb). It is a very common finding in women, with up to 40% of women having fibroids within their wombs. Most of these are small and cause no problem at all.
- Adenomyosis: Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue from the internal lining of the uterus grows into the muscle layer of the uterus. This can lead to an enlarged or bulky uterus, and usually causes heavy periods.
- Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition when cells from the inside lining of the uterus are found outside the uterus. It is a very common condition affecting up to 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. There is usually a delay in the diagnosis of endometriosis, averaging up to 10 years.
- Uterine Polyps: Uterine polyps (also called endometrial polyps) are growth from the internal (endometrial) lining of the uterus. Most are benign (non-cancerous).
- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Laparoscopy: also known as minimally invasive surgery or ‘keyhole’ surgery – is a procedure where slender tube (laparoscope) is inserted into the patient’s abdomen, usually through a small cut (5-10mm) in the belly button.
- Hysteroscopy: Hysteroscopy is a procedure where a thin telescope (hysteroscope) is passed through the cervix and into the uterus.
- Hysterectomy: Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the womb (uterus).
- Myomectomy: Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroid from the uterus. It is recommended when the fibroid is causing significant symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, reduced fertility or pressure symptoms such as bladder pressure, urinary frequency, bowel pressure, and bloating.
- Hysteroscopic resection of polyp: Polyps are traditionally removed at the time of hysteroscopy blindly, with either polyp forcep or curette. Recheck hysteroscopy is then performed to ensure complete removal of polyp.
- Ovarian Cystectomy: Ovarian cystectomy refers to the removal of an ovarian cyst while preserving the ovary, especially in women who desires fertility.
- Laparoscopy: Laparoscopy is the only way of diagnosing endometriosis, however it is only one part of treatment process of endometriosis and its associated pelvic pain.
- Endometrial Ablation: Endometrial ablation is one of several non-hormonal treatment options of heavy periods.
- Colposcopy and Laser Ablation to Cervix: Laser ablation of cervix and LLETZ are usually done under general anaesthetic as a day procedure in a hospital.