As a doctor, I have been specialising in women’s health for almost 30 years and have been a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon for 20 years. During my time as an NHS Consultant Gynaecologist, I established the UK’s first reconstructive clinic for women who had undergone female genital mutilation. In 1998, our work in this clinic was recognised by the Department of Health, and we were awarded a large grant to fund both surgery and research. In 2003, together with my colleague Harry Gordon and Baroness Rendell, we rewrote the FGM Act.
In private practice, I am concerned that there is a current vogue for plastic surgeons to carry out vaginal surgery. This surgery is not just simply ‘vaginal tightening’, but requires a careful consideration of the changes in shape and length of the vagina and the function of the organs like the bowel and the bladder which lie in an intimate postion. I’m also aware of the new techniques of vaginal rejuvenation using CO2 lasers. At present this work is not peer reviewed, and there are no scientific studies to compare these procedures with standard gynaecological treatments for vaginal laxity and incontinence.
In my practice I offer both labial reduction surgery, and also vaginal tightening. I also believe it is essential that my patients are also offered a confidential session with Sarah Colling (see team highlight) to explore any psychosexually related issues that you may have prior to surgery.