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Gynaecology

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Gynaecological problems are common and can frequently cause disruption to a woman’s everyday life. They impact on quality of life, may be detrimental to your plan for pregnancy, or related to menopause, bleeding or pelvic pain. Whatever your gynaecological problems, we are here to help and provide you with the best of care.

Our Gynaecological Team

At Alana, we understand that when you have gynaecological concerns you are looking for a compassionate, understanding and informative approach to your issues – basically the best gynaecological care possible. We have both female and male gynaecologists whose expertise in gynaecological issues is recognised both here in Sydney and around the world, with many of our practitioners having advanced qualifications in their specialty area – be it surgery, physiotherapy or complementary and alternative medicine, all to provide the best of treatment for you.

Jason

Professor Jason Abbott

Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Minke

Dr Minke Burke

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Ultrasound Specialist

Giselle

Dr Giselle Crawford

Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Blake

Dr Blake Knapman

Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Basia

Dr Basia Lowes

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Elizabeth

Dr Elizabeth Luxford

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Vulvo-vaginal Specialist

Neetika

Dr Neetika Mishra

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Lalla

Dr Lalla McCormack

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Erin

Dr Erin Nesbitt-Hawes

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Alex

Alexandra Turner

Women’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Zoe

Zoe Wallace

Women’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Our Range of Gynaecology Services

Any gynaecological problem may be managed in a variety of ways.  The best treatment for you may be medical, surgical and/or complementary care and we offer advice in all of these approaches.  Our practitioners will discuss your concerns and what you want from your care.   We offer tailored medical management for a range of gynaecological problems such as endometriosisfibroids (also called myomas or leiomyomas), infertility and pelvic pain.   Medical management may include analgesia (pain control), physiotherapy, or drug therapy and the best approach for you will be dependent on your clinical symptoms, signs and personal choices.

While most gynaecological issues are not life-threatening, this does not mean they are not life-altering.  Excessively heavy periods may decrease your iron levels making you anaemic, painful conditions such as adenomyosis or pelvic floor myalgia may substantially impact on your day-to-day activities or relationships, and even concerns over contraception – if you are not wanting to have a pregnancy – may all contribute to a decreased quality of life in your situation.  You may need a Cervical Screening Test, or a colposcopy following an abnormal result.  Our specialist vulvovaginal gynaecologist can provide expert care with vulvovaginal issues such as thrush, lichen sclerosus, vulvar dermatitis, vulvodynia and genital warts, and perform vulvoscopy if needed.  Our practitioners are here to guide you through the options available to you, provide the best and latest evidence for particular treatment options and manage you after that plan has been initiated.

Sometimes you may require surgery for your gynaecological issue and our experienced gynaecologists provide hysteroscopiclaparoscopic, vaginal and open abdominal surgery to best deal with your issue if surgery is required.  Laparoscopy or ‘keyhole’ surgery is a surgical approach where small incisions are used instead of a large incision (called a laparotomy) to perform your surgery.  Nearly all surgeries can be done in a keyhole manner, but that may not be the optimal approach for you.  The best surgery will depend on your specific circumstances, concerns and the risks associated with doing surgery in your personal circumstances.  We will tailor-make a surgical plan for you after consultation with our gynaecological team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a female gynaecologist?
Yes. Alana has both female and male gynaecologists. Visit the Our Team page to find out more, and then speak to our staff about who is the best doctor for you to see based on your concerns.
Do I need a referral to see a Gynaecologist?
If you are a Medicare card holder and wish to claim the Medicare rebate, yes, you will require a referral from either a GP or specialist to entitle you to claim your Medicare rebate. Medicare ineligible patients or patients who do not wish to claim the Medicare rebate do not require a referral to attend our service.
Can I choose my gynaecologist?
Yes. We have both female and male gynaecologists and you may be referred specifically to a particular gynaecologist or we can suggest the best fit for you and your particular problem.  
What if I have an urgent problem, do I need to wait?
If your condition is life threatening or of a serious urgent nature we recommend you present to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.  All other urgent requests we always try to accommodate, and we have a daily appointment time kept for the most urgent of issues related to abnormal bleeding. Our Alana Bleeding Clinic (ABC) is here to help your issues relating to abnormal bleeding and by contacting Alana on 9009 5255 we can arrange a soon appointment. For all other referrals, we run a triage service. This means we review your clinical needs and prioritise your clinical issue according to risk. Our administration team may also suggest the soonest available clinician to assist you with your problem.
Can I have my cervical screening test with the clinical team?
Yes.  We do provide cervical screening tests in accordance with best practice from Australian guidelines.  Your primary care practitioner will usually perform this for you and send you reminders when this needs to be done.  If you are referred and need your usual cervical screening test (the old term was Pap smear) we can perform this for you.
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At Alana, we understand that women with gynaecological concerns are looking for a compassionate, understanding and informative approach to their issues