Not all consultants specialise in prolapse or incontinence treatment. Choosing the right specialist is essential.
Through subspecialisation within their NHS practices, the Pelvicare consultants have developed expertise in the various aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction. Whatever your problem, we can offer authoritative assessment and treatment.
When deciding who to see, there are some questions you can ask which may help you make the right choice. Don’t be afraid to ask: any good doctor won’t mind answering
Does the doctor specialise in incontinence and prolapse in their NHS practice or do they mostly see patients with other problems?
Have they had any specialist training?
Is the doctor registered with any professional bodies such as the British
Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) or the BAUS Section of Female and Reconstructive Urology (BSFRU)?
Does the doctor keep records of his or her surgical results (eg success rates and complications)? What are the results?
Does the doctor follow the NICE guidelines when treating patients?
NICE (the independent organisation responsible for providing guidance on healthcare in the UK) has recommended that surgery for urinary incontinence should only be performed by surgeons who:
have received appropriate training in the management of incontinence
work within a multidisciplinary team
regularly carry out surgery for incontinence in women.
NICE says: “The expertise of the surgeon is one of the factors that influence surgical outcomes. The best outcomes are achieved when surgeons and their teams have specialist training and regular practice in continence surgery.”
“Some procedures for incontinence are technically simple, yet potentially harmful if carried out incompetently or in inappropriate patients. Others are complex and require higher levels of expertise.”
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