Recommendations for good prolapse surgeons / womens physios / consultants in London?

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I have just been diagnosed with a rectocele and cystocele :-( My GP is happy to refer me to any NHS gynaecologist in Greater London. I also need a great private womens physio as the wait for an NHS one is so long. 

So now I am trying to get some recommendations. Which is not as easy as getting recommendations for a babysitter or hairdresser ... for some reason prolapse doesn't seem a popular topic at the school gate..! 

So if any of you have had successful repair OPs and feel like their consultants took time to explain the options, were understanding, happy to discuss sexual functioning before and after surgery etc., it would be great if you could let me know their names. 

The same goes for physios... I am looking for someone thorough, understanding and professional who does a proper examination to evaluate the extent of the problem and is happy to answer lots of questions about exercise and sex. 

So if any of you fellow sufferers out there have any names for me, that would be great - thank you in advance for your help!

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    Hi Anna, I had this same op plus vaginal repair and hysterectomy a year ago .....I went to Ami Shukla at Northampton General Hospital.    I haven't looked back.  She had a fantastic anesthetist working with her too who was extremely professional and very supportive.  I opted for a spinal.    I have no idea of her credentials but my physio said she would use her if she needed the same sort of op and wouldn't hesitate.   I would go back to her if I ever needed to!        She is a urogynae not just a gynae.   It is most important that you use a urologist/gynae for this sort of op.  There are a few more years additional training for it.           Ami Shukla also does this op privately at Three Shires and maybe other places as well as NHS.    

    Hope this helps.    

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    Definately MUST be referred to Urogynaecologist even though a Gynaecologist will do this surgery. Urogynae have 3yrs specific extra training in doing pelvic floor repairs. They always have the best PF PT that they prefer to use so once you have your Urogynae then he/she will be associated with who they think is the best PT for this surgery   
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    Hi Anna !! 

    I was under the care of Alex Slack who is Maidstone and tonbridge nhs based out of pembury.

    He was very very kind, found my problem quickly although I had already seen 4 doctors that couldn't find a problem. He let me explain how I felt , I didn't feel rushed or stupid . And at last someone believed me and it wasn't in my imagination!!

    I had surgery in June , he warned me that I would probably hate him for at least 6 weeks after the op 😂. Even his support team were kind and on day of op explained about sex and movement etc 

    Hope this helps x

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    I had posterior and anterior repair with mesh done at the Spure Alexander in Kent November last year. Ureurologist was great and did op within 3/12 of me seeing him, could have done it sooner but I had a holiday booked. Care was amazing both pre and post op but since then I've had a reoccurance of rectocele. Going back to Spire but now under gynaecologist who is doing repair through vagina. Good luck, definitely check out the Spire group. There's one in Tunbridge that I had a back op done at and they were amazing too.

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      You should only be having a Urogynaecologist doing any pelvic floor repairs through Vagina. They have had 3 more years of specialty training in doing them than a regular Gynaecologist. Gynae's will do it but it's not their sole specialty like a Urogynaecologist. I sure wouldn't use somebody that hasn't had the 3 extra years Specialty training in that area of me. 

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    Thank you all for the replies! I will definitely make sure I'm referred to a urogynaecologist. I have an appointment with a private womens health physio tomorrow morning to find out the extent of the damage. Hopefully I'll be ok without surgery for now. My GP said that if I needed surgery I should have it done sooner rather than later (I'm early 40s), but there is no way I could take enough time out to recover after the surgery. Anyway, thanks again all for the tips and recommendations! If my phyisio tomorrow is any good I'll post the details on here. 

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