Laparoscopic surgery, also known as ‘keyhole surgery’, is today one of the commonest forms of gynaecological surgery. Originally pioneered by gynaecologists 40 years ago, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery has significant benefits over traditional 'open' surgery.
Demonstrated benefits of laparoscopic surgery can include:
- Faster and less painful recovery.
- Reduced time in hospital.
- Faster return to work and daily activities.
- Reduced adhesions and other long-term consequences.
Dr Connan has a special interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, particularly in its use for treating complex endometriosis (stage 4 endometriosis) and performing minimally-invasive total laparoscopic hysterectomies. Kirsten's skills and expertise in advanced laparoscopic surgery were developed through her training at The Royal Women's Hospital in the Endometriosis/Pelvic Pain Unit (G2), both as a senior trainee and later as a qualified specialist.
Kirsten is an accredited Level 6 (6-B) laparoscopic surgeon as per RANZCOG / AGES classification and credentialing. Level 6 describes the highest level of complexity for laparoscopic surgery.
In addition to advanced laparoscopic surgery, Dr Connan also offers both emergency and elective laparoscopic surgery across other gynaecological areas:
- Laparoscopic tubal ligation for permanent contraception.
- Diagnostic laparoscopy, including assessment of tubal patency (dye studies).
- Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomies, salpingectomies and oophorectomies.
- Laparoscopic treatment of ectopic pregnancies.
- Laparoscopic adhesiolysis (removal of adhesions).
Importantly, it must always be considered that the best and least-invasive option for every woman is to avoid unnecessary surgery. Dr Connan believes this should always be kept foremost in mind when considering treatment options. While a good surgeon knows how to operate, a better surgeon knows when not to.
RANZCOG is the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, and AGES is the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society. Dr Connan is a FRANZCOG Fellow and examiner and an active member of AGES.