Owen J Owens
Consultant Gynaecologist

private gynecologist 92 harley street london

private gynaecologist pinehill hospital, hitchin, hertfordshire





Mr Owen Owen MD MRCOG MRCPI - Treating all aspects of gynaecology

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I have an abnormal smear does it mean that I have cervical cancer?
The majority of women and generally over 98% will have pre-cancerous changes. The cervix is assessed by an instrument callled a colposcope and this allows a biopsy or treatment to be directed to the abnormal area This will allow the Doctor to tell the patient almost immediately that there is nothing wrong. Smear are reported as borderline, mild, moderate and severe dyskaryosis. Most abnormal smears are caused by a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV).

I have heavy periods does it mean that I have to have a hysterectomy?
The majority of women with heavy periods will not require a hysterectomy. Treatment can be medical, using a hormonal coil called the Mirena, or an operation called Novasure or endometrial ablation.

If I have an ovarian cyst does it mean that I've got cancer?
The majority of women with ovarian cysts do not have cancer. Most cysts are benign and can be simple. Some women have endometriosis and some women have dermoid cysts. Ovarian cysts can be treated by key hole surgery.

Is it possible to be a day patient for a hysterectomy?
Yes. Some women can undergo a sub-total hysterectomywhere the cervix and the ovaries are kept and the uterus is removed by key hole surgery. Most women would in fact stay in overnight and can return to work within 2 - 3 weeks.

What treatment can I have for fibroids?
Fibroids can be occasionally managed medically but this only shrinks the fibroid but after medical treatment fibroids can grow again. Embolisation is a technique where a special substance is placed near the blood supply to the uterus and into the uterine arteries to block the blood supply. This will shrink the fibroids by 50 - 60% and it generally not advisable in women who have not completed their families.Key hole surgery can also be used for some fibroids removing the fibroid and keeping the uterus or removing the fibroids along with the uterus (laparoscopic sub-total hysterectomy).

What is Vaginoplasty?
This is surgery performed on the vagina usually in young women with an absent or very short vagina. This operation is only performed in selected centres.

What is Laparoscopy?
This is a diagnostic procedure performed under a general anaesthetic to assess the pelvic organs (uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes).

What is Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery?
This is performed in Centres of Excellence and may require the input of gynaecologist, plastic surgeon, bowel surgeon and a kidney surgeon. Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery may be required in rare cases where a female is born without a vagina but the condition may not be recognised until a women fails to have a period. Otherwise it is performed occasionally in women who have had cervical cancer or radiotherapy and the disease has recurred.

How does an Ultrasound scan help?
Performed both abdominally and vaginally to look at the size of the uterus and the ovaries. It is helpful in women who bleed after the menopause where the thickness of the lining of the womb is measured. It is also used in women with other gynaecological problems.

Spire Harpenden Hospital, Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4BP Tel: 0800 585112
Spire Bushey Hospital, Heathbourne Road, Bushey Heath, WD23 1RD Tel: 01582 760045
Cobham Private Clinic, Luton & Dunstable NHS Trust, Lewsey Rd, Luton, LU4 0DZ Tel: 01582 718193
Luton & Dunstable NHS Trust, Lewsey Rd, Luton, LU4 0DZ Tel: 01582 497459