Any good surgeons in London for Bartholin gland removal?

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Hi everyone,

It seems this is one of the few forums in the uk which has some information/opinions on this illness.

I am about to start university in London and am quite hoping to find a specialist surgeon (not an OB GYN) to have one of my bartholin glands removed. Dr foster's consultant guide seems to have some good names, but has anyone here experienced a surgery in London for this issue?

Thank you ! smile

PS. I have come to this conclusion as I cannot live with mine when I have a job and/or school to keep up with (just like everyone else) ! Home remedies do not work and I don't want to tray a marsup. because I only believe it will cause even more scar tissue before the definite surgery.

I also think that the negative experiences following excision have been caused by doctors with little experience in this type of surgery.

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    Please be very careful choosing a surgeon and make sure they examine you thoroughly and explain the risks. I have had a bartholin's gland "removed" twice, and I still have a yellowy-brown discharge into my vulva. It seems that if it is abscessed it can regrow!
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      hi Elizabeth, thank you for replying, I had a marsup. in the meantime and it's only made matters worse, I have chronic inflammation now and currently seeing another GYN at UCLH in december to discuss permanent removal....apart from nerve damage and sexual dysfunction or recurrence I don't care about aesthetics or dryness
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      Hello Mary

      I'm so sorry to hear that the marsup has not helped. I have discovered, including consultation with medical lawyers as well as seeing several gynaes, that there is debate among gynaes about how to deal with a constanting abscessing bartholin's gland, and it is very frustrating that there is not more research on this beastly condition, which can cause awful psychological side-effects. I believe there is a lady at UCLH who is an expert in fistula, a condition which seems to have some similar characteristics (tubes full of ghastly discharge), so she might be well-placed to advise.  Whoever you see - ask them for real stats on recurrence after op to "remove" the gland - I have been told "small risk" twice....there are some documents online that say that the risk is high. I was tempted to think "yes - I want rid of it", but it is not that straightforward. I'm currently getting some relief from Silicea gel, but only temporary. Good luck! Let them know just how distressed you are. And if the gynae says it is a "minor op" - get angry - it is VERY unpleasant, and it is your body, not theirs.

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      thanks elizabeth,

      I'm terribly sorry to hear you're having complications from this surgery, I have no choice but to try it out because I already have mucus and blood discharge on a monthly basis, I even get grapes of tiny cysts sometimes...I tried cough syrup, antib. but nothing works...I had so many sitz baths, quit dairy, etc etc ....

      I'm also forced to remove it because I had vulvodynia last year and beat it with amitriptyline/lyrica combo and now due to recurrent cysts the nerves are being irritated again .//

      take care 

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