Welcome to Advanced Gynaecology Melbourne website.
This website was designed by Assoc. Prof. Alex Ades to provide information and help you understand common gynaecological problems and available treatment options. He believes that :
Throughout the website you will find information about gynaecological problems and available treatment options.
The information provided is a guide and is not exhaustive. It is not meant to substitute consultation with a specialist, but to help you have an informed discussion when you see your doctor. In most pages, you will find additional resources in the form of medical articles and links to other pages that provide further information on the topic. Some pages also have a ‘frequently asked questions’ session.
The website is always changing and we are happy to listen to suggestions and make modifications.
Please use the contact us page if you find any information that is lacking or inaccurate, any condition that you would like to see mentioned or if you want to ask a specific question.
This session gives information about the different gynaecological conditions.
Under each topic there is a description of the main aspects of the disease as well as frequently asked questions.
Some topics have a PDF file easy to print. These are constantly being updated and new files are uploaded on a regular basis.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Every time a doctor performs an operation he or she causes what is known as surgical trauma. This may be very minimal as is the case for a curettage of the uterine cavity or more extensive, for example in the case of open surgery (laparotomy) to remove ovarian cancer.
Every time there is indication for an operation it's because the benefits from the procedure outweigh the negative aspect of surgical trauma.
Minimally invasive surgery involves both doing traditional operations in ways that reduce the aggression to the body as well as performing new procedures which didn't exist before recent technological advances.
One example of the former is doing a Hysterectomy through a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) as opposed to doing an open cut. An example of the later is doing an Endometrial Ablation which consists of destroying the lining of the uterine cavity to reduce or eliminate excessive menstrual bleeding.
By reducing surgical trauma through minimally invasive techniques we expect to achieve:
Prompt and less painful recovery
Quicker return to work and daily activities
Reduced time spent in hospital
Reduced long term consequences
The least invasive option of all is to not have surgery in the first place. This alternative should always be considered when evaluating treatment options.