Having training in Yorkshire (with a year in New Zealand) Dr Andrew Watson took up his post as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Tameside Hospital in 1998. As well as having a busy clinical practice both in the NHS and privately he has a high commitment to training and has significant roles to this end regionally at the Postgraduate Deanery and nationally with the RCOG.
He specialises in benign gynaecology with an interest in the management of chronic pelvic and vulval pain. He is the preceptor in the North West for training in the RCOG Advanced training module for Hysteroscopy and Hysteroscopic surgery. He offers privately any procedure that he undertakes in the NHS. He undertakes to ensure that any treatment offered follows the most up to date evidence.
He has a twice weekly NHS operating list and undertakes many endoscopic surgeries including laparoscopic assessment and treatment of patients with infertility and pelvic pain . He performs approximately 70 transcervical resection of the Endometrium (TCRE) procedures annually with referals from other consultants. In addition he regularly resects fibroids and polyps from within the uterine cavity to enhance the prospects of conceiving and reduce the risk of miscarriage in any subsequent pregnancy.
He undertakes complex abdominal surgery in the management of pelvic pain and menstrual disorders including hysterectomy with prior ureteric stenting for severe endometriois or adhesions and myomectomy in the fertility sparing manament of fibroid related symptoms.
He has regular colposcopy (assessment of the cervix when a patient has had an abnormal smear), hysteroscopy (assessment of the uterine cavity under local anaesthetic in the investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding, infertility and recurrent miscarriages) and vulva assessment service. In the regular vulval clinic he sees patients with complex vulval issues such as lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, VIN and vulvodynia. The latter is a distressing disorder where the patient suffers with vulval pain. In his NHS infertility clinic he investigates subfertility and offers ovulation induction,lipiodol tubal flushing in the treatment of unxplained infertility and apropriately selecting patients for laparoscopic surgery.