Gynaecology

Gynaecology Abroad in Greece

We can offer general gynaecological consultations and examinations such as a Pap test (smear test) infection screening for sexually transmitted diseases, HPV (DNA) testing and pelvic assessment of the reproductive tract. We also offer specialised investigation and treatment of conditions such as urinary problems, gynaecological oncology and persistent menstrual problems. In Collaboration with IASO Hospital, we have high definition ultrasound equipment and skills to assess the pelvic area for conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts and masses. Gynaecological high definition imaging and arterial Doppler can also be performed, if required.

Well Woman Check

Our well woman check provides women of all ages with peace of mind with a general gynaecology health check-up. A well woman check is a thorough check up giving you peace of mind. The extensive well woman review is designed to pick up any illnesses at an early stage and is an essential part of pro-active healthcare management. A well woman check includes the following:

  • 30-minute consultation
  • Full history taking and pelvic examination
  • Cervical smear (PAP test)
  • Contraception and sexual health review
  • Explanation of results
  • Arrangement for prescription if you need

Laparoscopy
What is laparoscopy?

This is a diagnostic procedure performed under a general anaesthetic to assess the pelvic organs (uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes).

Laparoscopy is an operation performed in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions with the aid of a camera. The laparoscope aids diagnosis or therapeutic interventions with a few small cuts in the abdomen. There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery versus an open procedure. These include reduced pain due to smaller incisions and haemorrhaging, and shorter recovery time.

Benefits
Most gynaecological surgery is currently performed laparoscopically (keyhole). The best, clinically proven, advantages include a reduction of adhesions (scar tissue) inside the abdomen and a faster return to normal activities. There is also the added advantage of minimal scars on the skin, usually only 5mm in size. Laparoscopy is also a perfect diagnostic tool in case of infertility. It detects anatomical abnormalities related to reproductive pathologies; it is also the most accurate method of checking the patency of fallopian tubes.

What is laparoscopy used for in women with infertility?

This procedure allows us to determine whether there are any defects such as scar tissue, endometriosis, fibroid tumours and other abnormalities of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.

If any defects are found then they can sometimes be corrected with operative laparoscopy which involves placing instruments through ports in the scope and through additional, narrow (5 mm) ports which are usually inserted at the top of the pubic hair line in the lower abdomen.

Because of the cost and invasive nature of laparoscopy it should not be the first test in the couple’s diagnostic evaluation. In general, semen analysis, hysterosalpingogram, assessment of ovarian reserve and documentation of ovulation should be assessed prior to consideration of laparoscopy. For example, if the woman has a clear ovulation problem or her male partner has a severe sperm defect then it is unlikely that laparoscopy will provide additional useful information that will help them conceive.

Our procedures in Laparoscopy

  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for the investigation of infertility or pelvic pain
  • Laparoscopic treatment for endometriosis removal of endometrioses
  • Laparoscopic removal of ovarian cysts with minimal damage to the ovary
  • Ovarian drilling- treatment for polycystic ovaries
  • Laparoscopic removal / repair of damaged tubes – treatment of ectopic pregnancy
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Removal of fibroids, ovaries
  • Operations inside the uterus- division of septum, adhesions for fertility optimisation
  • Removal of polyps inside the uterus using superfine instruments

Hysteroscopy

In some cases, after the performance of appropriate tests It is necessary to perform surgical diagnostic procedures in the form of hysteroscopy or laparoscopy.

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical method used to assess the condition of the organs in the uterine cavity. It involves the visual inspection of interior of uterine cavity with the use of a special optical device – a speculum called hysteroscopy. A camera attached to hysteroscopy allows to monitor changes in the female reproductive organs. As a minimally invasive diagnostic tool, hysteroscopy is gaining increasing popularity in diagnosing female disorders. Hysteroscopy allows not only to diagnose, but also to remove certain lesions, as well as to collect mucosa specimens. The examination enables not only the diagnosis but also the removal of certain lesions, and mucosa sample collection. Hysteroscopy is performed also in the course of investigating the causes of infertility or where there is a risk of miscarriage.

As a minimally invasive procedure, hysteroscopy is gaining increasing popularity in diagnosing female disorders. At IO Life Clinic both diagnostic and surgical hysteroscopy is available.

Colposcopy

An abnormal smear result can be a worrying time. Our colposcopy treatment gives reassurance with thorough analysis of the cells and treatment, if required, often within the same appointment.

Woman who have had an abnormal smear result and needs further examination or symptoms such as bleeding after sex, irregular bleeding or contact bleeding

A colposcopy is a simple outpatient procedure to examine the cervix under magnification and bright light to look for signs of abnormality and is carried out within an outpatient appointment.  During this procedure it may be advised to remove cells for histological analysis or even carry out treatment.

  • What does involve?
  • 30-minute consultation
  • Full history taking
  • Colposcopy procedure
  • Explanation of results

The following tests & services can also be added to the colposcopy service at an additional cost:

  • Cervical smear and HPV sub-typing test
  • Biopsy and histological analysis
  • follow up consultation

Endometriosis

Our endometriosis treatment provides a thorough assessment to diagnose endometriosis and create a personalised treatment plan.
Women who are concerned they may have endometriosis and may be suffering with painful heavy periods, pain during or after sex or infertility.

  • What does it involve?
  • 30-minute consultation
  • Clinical assessment including full medical history
  • A pelvic ultrasound scan with endometriosis expert

Fibroids

Our fibroids treatment provides a thorough assessment to diagnose fibroids and create a personalised treatment plan.

Can affect up to 40% of women but only a small percentage of women will need to have surgery performed. Fibroids are common in some races such as African women. Fibroids can grow under the influence of the hormones from the ovary. They can stay within the muscle of the uterus (intramural), grow into the uterine cavity (sub-mucosal) or grow outwards (serosa). Occasionally fibroids can become pedunculated where they grow by a stalk from the uterus.

Our fibroids testing treatments is for diagnosis and monitoring of fibroids and your health.

  • What does it involve?
  • 30-minute consultation
  • Abdominal and pelvic examination
  • Pelvic ultrasound scan

Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome – PCOS

Polycystic ovaries Syndrome (PCOS) can affect people in different ways and in varying degrees, PCOS is a condition where the normal function of the ovaries has changed. There are three key symptoms of the condition: your ovaries have many tiny cysts, your hormones are out of balance and you don’t ovulate every month.

At IO Life Clinic we can diagnose PCOS if you exhibit the main symptoms. There is no way of reversing the formation of these cysts, but if you’re diagnosed with PCOS, it is important that you get treatment to control your symptoms – particularly if the symptoms are severe and cause a lot of worry, or if infertility becomes an issue.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

  • Ultrasound scan
  • Symptoms such as raised waist hip ratio
  • Blood tests

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