Advancing Patient Care: Embracing Knowledge at the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia Conference
In a significant stride towards enhancing endometriosis and pelvic pain care for local patients and staying at the forefront of medical advancements, three of our dedicated clinic doctors (Dr Badr, Dr Ozen, Dr Rastogi) and our women’s health physiotherapist (Monica) attended the 2023 Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia Conference held in Adelaide last weekend. This national event brought together professionals from around Australia and New Zealand, all focused on deepening their understanding of pelvic pain and endometriosis, with the ultimate goal of better supporting patients at our GP led pelvic pain and endometriosis clinic.
Exploring the Conference
The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia Conference provided an invaluable opportunity for the team to delve into the latest research, treatments, and insights surrounding pelvic pain and endometriosis. These conditions affect millions of individuals worldwide, often leading to chronic discomfort and diminished quality of life. By attending this conference, our team demonstrated a strong commitment to staying informed about the most recent developments in the field, ensuring that our patients receive the best care possible.
Diagnosis and Treatment:
Endometriosis is a challenging condition to diagnose, and it may take several years before a woman receives a proper diagnosis. A gynaecologist may be involved and will perform a physical exam and take a detailed medical history to evaluate the symptoms. An ultrasound, MRI, hysteroscopy (uterine camera) or laparoscopy (Intra-abdominal camera) may also be used to visualize the endometrial tissue and diagnose the condition.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but several treatment options are available to manage the symptoms. Pain relief medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or hormonal therapy may be prescribed to manage the pain. Hormonal therapy such as oral contraceptives or GnRH agonists can be used to regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce endometrial growth.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the endometrial tissue growths. A hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, may be recommended in cases where the patient does not wish to have children or has not responded to other treatments.
Hunters Hill Medical Practice Team
The GP team will be supported by specialists, Dr Cherynne Johansson (Gynaecologist and laproscopic and robotic surgeon), Dr May Wong (Gastroenterologist), Dr Matt Kim (Gastroenterologist), Prof Matt Rickard (Colorectal Surgeon), Dr Henry Cheung (Colorectal Surgeon), Dr Thaw Dar Htet (endocrinologist) and Dr Jeff Ahn (endocrinologist). The allied health team working from Hunters Hill Medical Practice also has excellent skills to support this with physiotherapists, psychologists and dietitian. This is a comprehensive group of practitioners to have at your local general practice, that is able to address your endometriosis and pelvic pain at all levels, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, weight management, Bowel related issues etc.
Hunters Hill Medical Practice Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic
The Hunters Hill Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic is now seeing patients. To book in, please call 02 9817 2080 and leave a message with your details for our clinic nurse to contact you.