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There has been a significant increase in referrals for colposcopy procedures following the new cervical cancer screening program that introduced human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in December 2018. Head of The Cervical Center, gynaecologist Graeme Walker said the clinic had been met with an influx of patients requiring a colposcopy following a positive HPV test.
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Endometriosis is a difficult condition to manage at the best of times, so with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it's natural to feel a little more anxious. Dr Donald Angstetra spoke to us about how women with this condition should manage their pain and symptoms during this time.
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Tens of thousands of people undergo back surgery in Australia each year, but according to a Gold Coast Private surgeon 'tools, technology and technique' are only part of the equation if you want a good outcome. Assistant Professor Mario Zotti believes patient engagement, accurate diagnosis, health optimisation and careful surgical planning must combine to ensure patients get the best result.
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Gold Coast Private orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Sprague says a contemporary approach to hip replacement surgery is improving short-term recovery outcomes and increasing long-term mobility for his patients. Hip joint replacement surgery is traditionally done via a posterior approach through the back of the hip, but after training in the anterior method eight years ago Dr Sprague prefers the alternative.
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Carpal tunnel surgery can be life changing and the benefits of keyhole methods are making this procedure even more patient-friendly with less pain, less downtime and lower overall costs. Gold Coast Private orthopaedic upper limb and hand surgeon, Michael Kalamaras, said he performed keyhole carpal tunnel surgery through a small incision in the wrist, rather than the traditional approach through the palm, making it easier to recover and maintain use of the hand during recovery; and allowing both hands to be done simultaneously.
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Onsite rehabilitation and direct communication with therapists is streamlining patient care and giving orthopaedic surgeon Angelo Rando the ability to develop, individualise and modify treatment plans without delay to optimise results. The Gold Coast Private upper limb surgeon has the longest-standing multidisciplinary team on the Coast with his hand therapist of 13 years and a physiotherapy team to look after his shoulder patients.
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Gold Coast Private has advanced state of the art robotic technology giving surgeons the option of performing robot-assisted surgery in the areas of orthopaedics, ENT and neurology. Orthopaedic lower limb surgeon, Andrew Letchford, offers robotic surgery for hip and knee joint replacement, giving him the ability to more accurately plan and execute surgical plans in the operating theatres at Gold Coast Private Hospital.
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The fingertip is a sensitive organ that keeps us in touch with our surroundings, can tell hard from soft, hot from cold and can tap a text message to a friend - so, while fingertip injuries may seem innocuous, if they heal wrong, they can seriously affect hand function. This is why hand surgeon, Randy Bindra, goes to great lengths to preserve them.
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Minimally-invasive techniques in bunion surgery are relatively new to Australia but foot and ankle surgeon Sonja Schleimer has years of experience after training in Paris under one of its pioneers. "MIS bunion surgery evolved in Europe over the last 15 years but it has only been available in Australia for about the last five years or so," said Dr Schleimer.
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Back pain relating to the spine can be one of the most complex issues to treat, but South Coast Spine surgeon Dr Neil Cleaver has been successfully performing disc arthroplasty to improve the condition for more than a decade.

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