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Mr Paul Ballard

Consultant Gynaecologist and UroGynaecologist

MBChB (1988), MD (2000), FRCOG (2006), PGDipLaw (2000)

Practices at: BMI Woodlands Hospital, BMI The Duchy Hospital

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Mr Paul Ballard graduated from University of Leeds Medical School in 1988. He entered a 10 year program of training, including 2 years in research (leading to a higher degree – MD, and numerous publications in medical journals) to become a consultant in 2000.

Mr Ballard is now a Consultant Obstetrician, Urogynaecologist and Complex Pelvic Floor Surgeon and lead in this area across both James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

He is  also part of a four person team (2 consultants, 2 physiotherapists) call Inconti – Care  NE & Yorkshire, who take a multidisciplined team approach to problems in the pelvis, and we are the only such team between York and Harrogate to the South, and Durham to the North in the private sector that offer this more holistic approach.

Mr Paul Ballard has tirelessly strived to develop a modern, comprehensive and patient centred service.

Mr Paul Ballard has an easy manner that allows patients to feel relaxed and enter into often difficult and embarrassing discussions which are inevitably very frequent in the specialties of gynaecology and urinary continence treatment. A patient who is relaxed is more able to convey the difficulties she is facing and this can result in a more detailed and fruitful consultation, and therefore a more patient specific treatment programme.  He ensures patients are provided with all the information they require, verbal and written, and adequate time to consider their treatment options. Patients are given realistic expectations for treatment outcomes to enable them to make a personal choice as to which treatment option suits their particular needs at that time.

After 10 years of training including 2 years of dedicated research resulting in an MD thesis, he obtained a consultant post (2000). As a consultant for more than 20 years he has seen innumerable clinical scenarios and developed a broad armamentarium of surgical skills and procedures, offering both simple low risk procedures and the more complex procedures.

He has an emphasis on minimal access surgery seeking to improve patients’ post operative pathway and enabling them to recover more quickly.

He has trained many junior doctors over the years and most have gone onto bigger and better things. 

One of his main interests is continence and prolapse surgery. Having trained before mesh was introduced into this surgery, he is well acquainted with non-mesh surgical techniques for continence and prolapse and finds himself doing an increasing number of such procedures, now that mesh has fallen out of favour.

A further interested is the treatment of vaginal trauma after childbirth. This can be immensely distressing to a young mother, particularly after her first birth when all is new to her. Concurrent bladder and bowel symptoms can affect her self-esteem and her feeling of femininity, a form of psychological trauma.

He is also greatly interested in menopause management, tailoring advice and treatments to individual needs. He is a fervent believer in patient choice, and considers that his role is to inform, and individualise risk and advice, but ultimately the patient should be making the decision on what treatment they feel themselves, is most appropriate. He will also discuss the many fringe treatment options that are available, including their benefits and drawbacks.

He has worked for the British Society of Urogynaecology in various roles for 15 years including Chair of the Governance Committee, where he was committed to improving standards across the specialty.

 

  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • British Society of Urogynaecology
  • International Continence Society
  • British Medical Association
  • General Medical Council

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