St George Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Gynaecology Services

At St George Private Hospital we offer treatment options for the full range of gynaecological conditions, from simple colposcopy day surgical procedures through to complex cancer surgery. We have the latest advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) equipment available to our surgeons, bringing the benefits of less invasive procedures to all women requiring gynaecological surgery.

Since the opening of St George Private Hospital in 1995, it has been home to the Sydney Women’s Endo Surgery Centre (SWEC) which is one of the leading units for benign laparoscopic gynaecology in Australia.

Gynaecology Procedures

This procedure involves the removal of the uterus and fallopian tubes (not ovaries) via keyhole surgery. SWEC surgeons are experts in removal of even very large uteri, avoiding the need for a large abdominal incision
For some patients this is an alternative method of performing a hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus and fallopian tubes. However this is done through an open incision.

Endometriosis involves adhesive disease of the ovaries, tubes, lining of the pelvis and may involve the bowel, bladder or nearby structures. It can cause:

  • painful periods
  • infertility
  • pain with intercourse
  • heavy menstrual periods, and
  • pain passing a bowel motion

It should be completely excised via keyhole surgery to restore normal anatomy and this should be done by a high volume surgeon with expertise in endometriosis surgery. Merely applying diathermy to the surface of a deposit of endometriosis will not necessarily treat the disease and should be avoided.

Vaginal prolapse can be addressed via a vaginal approach, a laparoscopic approach or a combination of both. At SWEC, we have performed over 800 laparoscopic sacrocolopexies for permanent cure of severe vaginal prolapse, all via a minimally invasive approach needing only 1-2 days in hospital and recovery 2-3 weeks.
“Stress” incontinence (loss of urine when jumping, sneezing, laughing, running etc) can severely limit one’s lifestyle and should not be tolerated as it can be relatively easily corrected. Surgical procedures performed at SWEC such as the sub-urethral tape (TVT or Monarc slings) or the Laparoscopic Colposuspension have a 90-95% success rate in cure of this problem
Fibroids are benign tumours of the uterus that can cause pressure, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, infertility and heavy menstrual bleeding. At SWEC we specialize in removal and management of these fibroids via keyhole surgery, avoiding the need for larger incisions and thus reducing recovery time.
Tumours and cysts of the tubes and ovaries are particularly suited to laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and can be readily managed in this fashion
This is an investigative surgical technique to examine and possibly biopsy the cervix if abnormalities are found during testing.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the uterus (womb), using a small telescope (hysterscope).

This is a permanent method of female contraception involving the blocking of the fallopian tubes.

At St George Private hospital, both the traditional Laparoscopic sterilization and the newer Essure (no incision) hysteroscopic sterilization methods are available.

Gynaecology Specialists