Gynaecology is the branch of medicine dedicated to the female reproductive system. This involves the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of conditions that affect the uterus, ovaries, and internal and external female genitalia. Hadley Wood Hospital is delighted to offer an extensive range of gynaecology services to our patients.
Our areas of expertise
Many gynaecological problems manifest in symptoms that are not only distressing but can also be disruptive to day-to-day life. These include heavy or painful periods, irregular or absent periods, and pelvic pain.
Here at Hadley Wood Hospital, our expert multidisciplinary team specialise in recognising and treating a range of gynaecological conditions. To do so, we offer a range of both clinical and surgical expertise. We regularly treat conditions including, but not limited to the following:
Endometriosis is a condition in which the endometrial tissue (the lining of the inner cavity of the uterus) is found elsewhere in the body, most commonly on the ovaries, bowel, and the outer lining of the womb. This common condition can cause significant pain during menstruation as these tissue deposits act in a similar way to the lining of the womb. Endometriosis is diagnosed by direct surgical visualisation of the tissue, typically done using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Once diagnosed, treatments usually involve pain management, the regulation of the menstrual cycle, and in some cases surgical options to remove the tissue deposits.
Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs within the ovary. Ovarian cysts are most commonly benign, but can cause significant discomfort or pain. Ovarian cysts can be treated using medication, including the birth control pill, which can regulate hormone levels in order to decrease the chance of developing further cysts. In some cases, ovarian cysts need to be removed surgically. This is most commonly done using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
Uterine polyps are abnormal growths of the inner lining of the uterus (womb) known as the endometrium. Uterine polyps can cause irregular bleeding patterns and can occur at any age, but most commonly develop during the time around the menopause (peri-menopausal) or during the menopausal stage itself. Polyps can be treated through medications that limit their growth, or removed through non-invasive surgery. Treatment choices are tailored to each individual depending on the severity of the symptoms and treatment needs.
These are benign, non-cancerous growths in and around the wall of the uterus. They are very common, but not everyone who develops fibroids develops bothersome symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms can experience heavy periods, bleeding between periods, pelvic pressure or pain, or difficulty getting pregnant. Treatments include medications to either treat the symptoms of fibroids or reduce the size of the fibroids, and surgical treatment, for example to remove small uterine fibroids. In some extreme cases, the uterus itself may need to be removed (a procedure known as a hysterectomy).
What we offer
Gynaecology procedures offered at Hadley Wood Hospital include:
This includes the insertion, removal, and aftercare of intrauterine contraceptive devices, commonly referred to as ‘coils’. We offer counselling on the various contraception options available and help you to select the most suitable contraceptive choice for you. For many, an intrauterine contraceptive device is a safe, effective, low-maintenance contraceptive choice. There are a number of intrauterine contraceptive devices, which are generally classified into hormonal and non-hormonal devices. There are a number of hormonal intrauterine devices, however the primary non-hormonal device is called the copper coil. Intrauterine contraceptive device insertion requires no sedation, can be inserted in an outpatient setting, carries no recovery time, and can last between 3-10 years depending on the device. Our team will provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for you.
Also known as key-hole surgery, this is used to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis, and treat conditions such as ovarian cysts. This minimally-invasive approach has a number of advantages, including smaller incisions, less blood loss, and less pain and discomfort overall when compared with open surgery. This generally means a shorter recovery time.
A hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure where a hysteroscope (a narrow telescope) is introduced through the vaginal canal, through the cervix whilst under light or full sedation. In most cases, this can be done as a day case procedure, and as there are no cuts to the skin being made, you are usually able to go home after the procedure. Hysteroscopy is used to visualise the inside of the uterus, and particularly the inner lining of the uterus, and can be used to diagnose and treat many conditions of the womb such as uterine fibroids and polyps. Polyps are benign irregular growths that can cause symptoms such as pain and irregular bleeding. Polyps can be removed during hysteroscopy under local anaesthetic, a procedure known as a uterine polypectomy. Our team of gynaecology experts are on hand to discuss the most appropriate treatment for your needs and to answer any questions you may have about your procedure.
We understand that gynaecological problems can affect your life in many different ways. Our team can provide advice and guidance on how best to optimise your lifestyle and wellbeing to support you through your journey. Our clinicians bring years of experience of putting women’s health first.
Our specialist gynaecology consultants
You’ll be looked after by leading consultants offering the highest level of expertise in their field. No matter what your healthcare concern, our consultants will be able to advise the best course of treatment.