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Coombe launches dedicated endometriosis clinic

By Catherine Reilly - 19th Mar 2021 | 46 views

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The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin has today launched a dedicated clinic for the treatment of endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women in Ireland.

The endometriosis clinic is facilitated by a consultant-led multidisciplinary team involving nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics and pain management.

Women with endometriosis experience a range of symptoms which often include severe pain and issues with fertility. Official diagnosis of the condition can only be obtained through laparoscopic surgery.

The Coombe’s endometriosis clinic will serve women who have received an objective diagnosis of endometriosis.

Speaking at the launch of the clinic, Prof Michael O’Connell, Master of the Coombe, said: “We are very pleased to launch our dedicated endometriosis clinic. Endometriosis is a condition that affects a large number of women in Ireland and seriously impacts upon the quality of life of many.

“Given that it takes on average nine years to get a diagnosis of endometriosis in Ireland, it is vital that women who have been diagnosed are prioritised and receive the treatment they need. The highly-experienced, multidisciplinary team offered by the clinic is best-placed to ensure that the needs of its patients are met in a timely manner.”

Dr Hugh D O’Connor, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Advanced Reproductive Endosurgeon and senior clinician at the new clinic, said: “Women with endometriosis don’t all show the same symptoms or encounter the same problems. The complexity of the condition, as well as the impact it can have upon so many different parts of daily life, means that a holistic approach to treatment is required.

“The multidisciplinary care that the clinic will provide will mean that patients can be provided with individualised care pathways, depending on their specific needs. We look forward to providing top-class, comprehensive care to women in Ireland with endometriosis.”

Further information about the Coombe’s dedicated endometriosis clinic can be found at the following link – https://www.coombe.ie/endometriosis

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