Gynaecology

Medicine Treating Women: The branch of medicine that deals with women's health, especially with the health of women's reproductive organs. This branch of medicine has made rapid progress over the past 20 years. The most significant are in the field of:
Reproductive Medicine - infertility treatment including in vitro fertilisation (test tube babies) grew from a partnership with our scientist colleagues. The pioneering work of Edwards and Steptoe has resulted in techniques that help millions of couples become pregnant when there was previously no hope.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3093429.stm
Imaging - developments in medical ultrasound were lead by researchers in obstetrics and gynecology. Ultrasonography owed it existence to the pioneering work of a gynecologist, Ian Donald, Professor in Glasgow University in the early 70's.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003778.htm
Operative Laparoscopy - also termed key hole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, was first developed by gynecologists (the late Professor Kurt Semm was one of the early pioneers) in the mid- 70's. The specialty really gained acceptance in the 90's. Then, general surgeons realized that the technique gynecologists used to remove cysts could be adapted for gall bladder surgery. Incidentally the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy done in Asia was with equipment and staff borrowed from the Department of O & G, Singapore General Hospital. Gynecologists in turn borrowed heavily on the urologists' instruments and techniques in developing hysteroscopic surgery.
http://www.onekiloclub.org/Kurt_Semm.htm

Gynecological Second Opinions

Despite, possibly because of, these developments gynecology, like medicine, remain as much an art as it is a science. All healthcare specialists have little time to keep up with recent developments and even less time to explain them to patients.

Second opinions are now even more essential for any woman facing a serious medical problem. In giving a second opinion, a wise gynecologist strives to educate as well as advise.

These pages are not meant to replace a consultation with your doctor but to give you a better idea of the problems encountered. Hopefully, this can be achieved by providing resources you or your doctor can use and links to well thought out websites giving sound advice. The internet is populated by masses of data but little wisdom. I hope the recommended link will point you to what little good information there is available out there.

Within this site we hope to provide information with illustrations about common gynecological problems including:

  • Causes of infertility
  • Causes of abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Common causes of pain in women
  • Common tumours in women

Later we hope to include information on treatment options and procedures:

  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Treatment of pelvic masses
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Hysteroscopy
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