Procedures for Women
Procedures carried out by our Women’s Health Team
While some conditions require procedures to be carried out by a specialist or in a hospital; where possible, your GP will carry out some procedures in our practice theatre. This will accelerate your treatment time and avoid you having to wait for a specialist appointment.
There are a range of procedures that your GP can carry out so if you require any of the following, a consultation with your GP will reveal if they’re able to treat you at our Robina practice – and save you a visit to the hospital.
Cervical Polyp Removal
Cervical polyps are extremely common, benign tumours that are present on the cervix. They may cause periods to become irregular but they’re commonly harmless and don’t display any symptoms.
In many cases, cervical polyps remove themselves, but if your doctor prefers to remove them they can do so in their office by using polyp forceps. The procedure can cause some discomfort as the forceps are used to twist the polyp away from the cervix but it’s relatively straightforward with minimal risk.
A vulval biopsy will be performed by your GP when lesions on the vulvar have been identified. Either treatment or removal will take place depending on the doctor’s diagnosis.
The endometrium is the lining outside of the uterus and if your doctor suspects a cell abnormality, he or she can take a biopsy in their office and either review your specimen under a microscope, or send it onto a specialist for further analysis.
Mirena removal when no threads present
If the thread of the Mirena is no longer present, your GP can remove it for you with a simple procedure. They can normally pull it out quite painlessly but if it has become attached, they can enlarge the cervix and use an instrument called a hysteroscope to remove the Mirena device.
Removal of skin tags
Skin tags are very common and often harmless. Your doctor can remove your skin tag either with specialised medical scissors, by using a special solution to freeze it off; or using heat to burn it. All those procedures are relatively painless and leave minimal scarring.
A number of our GP’s offer substantial experience in women’s health and may be able to carry out a procedure for you in our Robina practice theatre. Contact us today to book an appointment.