Dr Kelvin Larwood has a special interest in surgery and throughout his training was fortunate to have excellent opportunities to develop his surgical skills. Kelvin has gained extra surgical skill and experience in laparoscopic, pelvic, vaginal prolapse and stress incontinence surgery. Kelvin is also regularly involved in teaching surgical skills to other doctors. This ongoing experience ensures his skills are maintained and continually being developed.
- Laparoscopic surgery for:
– Ovarian and pelvic masses
– Total laparoscopic hysterectomy
– Assessment of pelvic pain
- Assessment and treatment of abnormal bleeding
- Prolapse surgery
- Stress incontinence surgery
- Where possible and safe to do so non-surgical options should be considered and are preferable.
- The decision for surgery is always a balance between weighing up the expected benefits of surgery against the potential risks.
- Always try to perform laparoscopic ‘key hole’ surgery which is minimally invasive and aids recovery.
- I am able to perform total laparoscopic hysterectomy and advanced laparoscopic procedures for conditions such as endometrosis
- The operations I perform I do regularly – this ensures that my skills are maintained at a high level and reduces the chance of complications. I want to do all I can to ensure your operation is safe.
- I operate efficiently. I am not trying to operate quickly for the sake of being fast but rather operating efficiently reduces you anaesthetic time, is less traumatic to tissue providing a potentially faster recovery with less pain.
- I operate being respectful of tissue and am gentle handling tissue to reduce bleeding and pain which also aids recovery.
- Laparoscopic ‘key hole’ surgery has many advantages over ‘open’ surgery for patients and whenever possible and safe to do so Dr Larwood will always try to perform a laparoscopic procedure.
Laparoscopic ‘key hole’ surgery
- Hysterectomy (Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, TLH)
- Oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) can be done with or without removal of the uterus
- Ovarian cystectomy – removal of ovarian cysts without removal of the ovary
- Endometriosis – removal of
- Division of adhesions
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Cancer risk reduction surgery (BRCA 1, BRCA 2, Lynch/HNPCC) – for some women removing ovaries and/or uterus can significantly reduce your risk of developing certain cancers:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Vaginal prolapse surgery (I don’t use mesh for prolapse surgery)
- Anterior repair
- Posterior repair
- Sacrospinous ligament fixation
Urinary stress incontinence surgery – TVT