The Gynaecology service treats all aspects of female reproductive health not directly related to the monitoring of a pregnancy or fertility issues, which are dealt with by other services:
- Mother-and-child care with the Prenatal Medicine and Obstetrics and the Neonatology service
- Breast Clinic
Areas of expertise Gynaecology & Gynaecological Oncology
Many woman are affected by various aspects. In such cases, a multidisciplinary approach is adopted, involving the various services. An overview of the areas of expertise follows:
As part of a general ‘routine’ check-up, you can come here for examinations (such as a cervical smear, breast screening and an ultrasound), as well as for advice on birth control, contraception, (unwanted) pregnancy, menopause, vaginal infections, sexuality, etc.
Gynaecological cancer or oncology
The Gynaecology service also specialises in Gynaecological oncology. You can come here for hereditary cancer, oncofertility and oncological surgery. The service also works closely with the Breast Clinic.
Gynaecological and pelvic surgery
Depending on your complaint and care needs, the gynaecologist will opt for surgery: either a surgical operation adopting a classic approach (such as a laparotomy, vaginal surgery) or for keyhole surgery (such as a hysteroscopy, laparoscopy), where robotic surgery is used for certain operations.
Colposcopy and HPV-related pathology
If you have to undergo a cervical examination, a colposcopy is used. This involves detecting any abnormalities using a special microscope.
Disorders of the female external genital organs and complaints in the vagina can occur at any age and are often difficult to discuss. The most frequent complaints are itching, pain, a burning sensation, irritation, dryness, unpleasant discharge, spots or swelling on the vagina or vulva. Talk to your gynaecologist about this.
Girls and young adults up to the age of 16 with a wide range of complaints, from congenital abnormalities to everyday gynaecological disorders from childhood can be cared for by gynaecologists who specialise in paediatric gynaecology.
Young women aged from 17 to 25 are advised to visit a gynaecologist, even if they have no complaints. Questions and anxieties can also be discussed with the gynaecologist.
Many women struggle with urination problems or have at some time suffered from cystitis. Other unpleasant disorders, such as urine incontinence, vaginal prolapse and disorders affecting the pelvic floor are best discussed with a gynaecologist.