Health Australian women enduring outdated and invasive hysterectomies, UQ surgeon says

04:05  17 may  2018
04:05  17 may  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Professor Andreas Obermair said about 28,000 Australian women a year underwent hysterectomies, with 35 to 40 per cent of those carried out through open abdominal operations.

But he said the number of open surgeries needed be drastically reduced in favour of keyhole or vaginal operations.

"All [medical] societies suggest we should limit an abdominal hysterectomy and open surgery approach only to the cases where it's absolutely necessary," he said.

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"The risks include pain — obviously when you cut through tummy there will be pain, bleeding, haematoma, slower recovery and also infection."

Professor Obermair said laparoscopic surgery, or keyhole surgery, was better for the patient.

"The recovery is largely improved and quicker," he said.

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"We send patients home these days after one or two nights.

"So recovery's better, complication rates are reduced by approximately 30 percent and ... the operation is less expensive than an open abdominal operation."

Lack of regulation and training

Professor Obermair said laparoscopic surgery came to Queensland in the early 2000s but many surgeons across the state were still not trained in the procedure.

He said this meant those gynaecologists were performing an outdated form of surgery, despite overwhelming evidence supporting less invasive measures.

"They haven't been trained — they just feel they can't offer an operation where they haven't been trained and they're not good at," Professor Obermair said.

"It is not so easy to train specialists because the community expects specialists know it all.

"It's hard for a specialist to make time available for surgical training and to upskill."

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