They cause symptoms such as heavy periods, bloating, back ache and urinary incontinence, and are linked to infertility and miscarriage.Although no one knows what causes fibroids, the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone fuel their growth.
We canvassed 40 leading gynaecologists and interventional radiologists in the country, asking them: ‘If your own nearest and dearest were to need fibroid treatment, to whom would you refer them and why?
’Each nominated five fellow consultants and told us the qualities that made their selections top performers.
This is the sign of a quality surgeon who is interested in what he’s doing and is open to new ideas.
Gynaecologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford Technically a superb keyhole surgeon in a very high-profile centre, who operates beautifully.
If a patient chooses surgery, gynaecologists can access fibroids by one of three ways — through the cervix, by keyhole surgery or by open surgery.
The best method for each patient depends on the size and location of the growths, so success hinges on the surgeon’s good judgment.
Extremely personable, and patients have complete and well-deserved faith in what he does. Approachable and has done a lot of work extending the availability of interventional radiology both here and abroad.
Highly-skilled with the manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination needed.
He is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of uterine artery embolisation and has blazed a trail in this country.