BMI The Albyn Hospital assists those from Grampian and the North of Scotland with a team of gynaecology consultants, able to diagnose and offer a treatment plan for a wide range of gynaecology conditions.
To access this service, you can either ask your GP to make a referral directly to the hospital or you can contact our appointments department on 01224 577400.
There are various reasons why a hysterectomy may be recommended. Heavy periods, pain, prolapse of the uterus (womb) or cancer can be contributing factors however usually other treatment options would be exhausted first.
During the surgery, the consultant would either perform a total hysterectomy (removing the uterus and the cervix) or a subtotal hysterectomy where the cervix is left in place. There are also occasions when other structures connected with the uterus would be removed also (fallopian tubes, ovaries, part of the vagina, lymph nodes and surrounding tissue).
The hysterectomy can be performed vaginally (removing the uterus through a cut in the top of the vagina), laparoscopically (keyhole procedure with some small cuts made in your abdomen and using a small telescope) or abdominally (making a cut across your abdomen).
It can take up to 6-8 weeks to fully recover from this surgery and if your ovaries have been removed it may be recommended that you start hormone replacement therapy.
Gynaecological Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy
If you are experiencing pain, pelvic infections or symptoms related to pelvic disease, our consultant gynaecologist may recommend that they examine your internal pelvic area by using a telescope like instrument introduced through a small cut made in your navel. This procedure is called a laparoscopy and can help diagnose many different conditions.
If you are experiencing infertility, recurrent miscarriage or abnormal bleeding, a hysteroscopy which looks inside the uterus, can be performed. The consultant will introduce a telescope like instrument into the uterus through the cervix.
Both procedures can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions.
Vaginal Wall Repair
If the front wall of the vagina is weakened, the bladder or urethra can slip down into the vagina, when the rear wall is weakened then this will result in slippage of the rectum. Both situations are known as a vagina prolapse and can occur as a result of pregnancy, delivering a baby vaginally, straining during bowel movement, and heavy lifting. The symptoms are usually pain, heaviness and discomfort in your vagina, back pain or stress incontinence.
To correct these conditions an anterior colporrhaphy (front vaginal wall repair) or posterior colporrhaphy (rear vaginal wall repair) can be performed. During surgery the consultant will tighten up the muscles within the wall of the vagina which will help to keep the bladder, urethra or rectum in the correct position.
Following surgery, you should avoid constipation, heavy lifting or strenuous activity for up to 3 months and it may be recommended that you perform pelvic floor exercises on a regular basis to increase the long-term success of the surgery.
Oophorectomy surgery relates to the removal of one or both ovaries and is usually performed to treat conditions like ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts or endometriosis. If you have this surgery before you reach the menopause, then it may be recommended that you take hormone replacement therapy to avoid any symptoms or conditions relating to the menopause.
Sterilisation is usually meant to be a permanent procedure, but there are times when a woman may choose to have this procedure reversed. The most common method to perform this procedure is by keyhole incisions in your abdomen and using a small telescope to view your fallopian tubes. The consultant will either tie the fallopian tubes back together or to remove any clips that would have used during the sterilisation procedure.
The success of this procedure can be dependent on your age but will be discussed with you by the consultant prior to the surgery.
We offer the following gynaecology treatments at BMI The Albyn in Aberdeen: