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RD&E Consultant highly recommended by his peers


RD&E consultant Professor Tony Watkinson (photo below left) has been highly recommended by his professional peers for the treatment of a condition which affects millions of women in this country.


Professor Tony WatkinsonFibroids are benign growths in the muscle of the wall of the womb which can vary in size from a small grape to a melon. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, back ache, bloating and urinary problems including frequency and getting up at night to go the toilet. Some ladies can experience difficulty in becoming pregnant or carrying a pregnancy. Historically the conventional treatment for Fibroids was a hysterectomy.


Today Fibroids are still removed surgically (hysterectomy or myomectomy) although increasingly patients are opting for a less invasive procedure called Uterine Artery Embolisation. This is performed through a tiny puncture in the groin by an interventional radiologist under local anaesthetic with X-ray guidance. The arteries supplying the fibroids are blocked off and this shrinks the fibroids by reducing the blood supply to them. The Royal Devon & Exeter hospital has been performing this procedure for several years now with about 300 patients choosing to have embolisation at the RD&E since 2003.


A national newspaper canvassed 40 leading gynaecologists and interventional radiologists, asking who would they recommend, and why, if someone dear to them needed treatment for fibroids? RD&E Consultant Interventional Radiologist Professor Tony Watkinson was highly recommended in this peer survey for being ‘lovely with patients and giving them choices. He will explain what he knows about fibroids and the alternatives and if the patient decides on embolisation he will look after them very well.’


Commenting on being highly recommended for this treatment, Professor Watkinson said: “The number of uterine artery embolisations performed for fibroids at the RD&E has shown a steady increase over the last seven or eight years with positive outcomes for our patients. It is gratifying to hear that the work we are doing is highly regarded and recognised by our professional peers nationally.”

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