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November 30, 2021

Recent Technological Advancements in Obstetrics and Gynaecology




The pandemic has disrupted the medical world. But practitioners around Australia and the globe have maintained a focus on providing all kinds of specialty care with a profound drive for innovation in the medical field. A boom in technology has yielded new and innovative procedures in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to improve diagnoses, efficiency, and patient satisfaction.

Increase in Tech Usage in the Ob/Gyn Space

Advanced imaging technology, endoscopic equipment, medicinal treatment, and scientific inventions have contributed immensely to recent technological advancements in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From maintaining electronic medical records to carrying out minimally invasive surgery, technology is moving Ob/Gyn forward. Health care providers are able to cure more patients of conditions that were never imagined to be treatable. However, there should be a balance between using technology to enhance medical care and the human role in medicine.

While most gynaecological and obstetrics problems are not life-threatening, they impact the life quality of women in various ways. It becomes extremely important to assess the health status measures of women with gynaecological problems to evaluate the severity of the problems and treatment efficacy. The latest technology is used to provide gynaecology treatment services for a range of issues such as endometriosis, infertility, fibroids (also known as myomas or leiomyomas), and pelvic pain.

Traditional Surgery is Being Replaced by New Tech-Driven Alternatives  

Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, robotic surgery, wireless electronic fetal monitoring, and expectant management are increasingly being used instead of major gynaecological surgery to treat common problems. Latest 4k machines for imaging and diagnosis, and state-of-the-art instruments for surgeries help manage Ob/Gyn patients more efficiently with technology.

Another area where technology has made immense advancements is ultrasound. New ultrasound technology enables practitioners to use 3D ultrasound systems, which produce complete views of the uterus and cervix. 3D ultrasound provides access to the coronal plane of the uterus that could not be achieved with 2D planes. Obstetricians and gynaecologists use 3D ultrasound technology to check the placement of IUDs and spot and identify abnormalities in a fetus that are tiny or otherwise not visible in a 2D image. The technology enables gynaecologists to improve their practices and offer efficient, cost-effective treatments to patients right in their offices.

New techniques like transvaginal ultrasonography and chorionic gonadotrophin concentration levels can help diagnose ectopic pregnancy in women earlier, so they can be treated as outpatients or by laparoscopic surgery resulting in the reduced hospital stay. Embolization of the uterine arteries or gonadotrophin therapy can help treat large uterine fibroids. Hormone replacement therapies help prolong the life expectancy of menopausal women, while fertility treatments are done to preserve fertility in older women. Surgical staplers, birthing simulators are innovations designed to make surgical procedures more effective and efficient, minimize errors and improve patient care.

Latest techniques in assisted reproductive technology have helped eliminate the earlier poor prognosis for fertility in men having low sperm count. Bladder overactivity can now be treated with a new antimuscarinic drug, which helps reduce the side effects.

At Alana, we provide the best and latest care for Obstetrics and Gynaecology problems. Contact our gynaecologists in Sydney to get the best treatment for your problem – through surgery, physiotherapy, or complementary and alternative medicine.

    









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