LASER SURGERY IN GYNECOLOGY: Q AND A WITH DR. MARIAM IQBAL

Dr. Mariam Iqbal

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Laser surgery is a relatively new technology with minimal side effects; the procedure involves laser beams being employed to destroy microscopic lesions with high precision in the female genital tract in case of gynecology issues. 

Dr. Mariam Iqbal is a gynecologist in Lahore who specializes in helping patients with modern surgical treatment of gyne and related women-health issues. In this session with oladoc, she talks about a number of gynecological problems and their treatments, in particular, laser surgery as a treatment mechanism.

Q.1: How has the modern practice of gynecology changed over time?

In the past ten to twelve years, technology has come a long way in this field. There has been a shift from conventional methods to minimal procedures which are much safer and effective.

Treatments such as medicines, injections are much more preferred than operations. Laser is not a new technology; it has been used for skin rejuvenation and eye problems since 1960. In 2012, laser was approved by the FDA in United States and six years later, it made its way to hospitals in Pakistan.

Q.2: Which patients can benefit from laser technology?

Females who have experienced natural aging which causes significant body changes such as laxity benefit from laser. Moreover, those who suffer from urinary incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine) have benefited greatly from laser technology. There are two types of urinary incontinence, in one case the patient thinks of passing urine but is unable to even reach the washroom to do so.

In the other case, actions like coughing, sneezing or laughing causes involuntary leakage of urine.  These patients suffer social embarrassment and their quality of life is greatly impacted. Also, patients suffering from prolapse, a condition where the uterus comes out of the body due to multiple back to back deliveries benefit from laser technology because it’s safer and efficient. 

Q.3: What conditions/diseases can be cured using this technology?

Menopause and natural ageing processes can be effectively managed by laser. The average age for menopause in Pakistan is 51, after which most women experience irritation, infections, itching and problems in their marital life. Before the advent of laser, hormonal treatments were used which are much less preferred owing to the large number of side effects they cause.

Moreover, laser is also safer for cancer patients whose ovaries have been removed with chemotherapy. Warts on intimate areas can also be effectively managed with the use of laser treatment and proper consultation. 

Q.4: Is it a surgical procedure? Does it require a hospital stay?

Laser is a walk-in procedure. It is not an operation, no prior anaesthesia, medications or diets are prescribed. It is much like a checkup, which takes up to fifteen to twenty minutes. It is a routine procedure with minimum side effects. 

Q.5: How common are these problems in women?

These problems are unfortunately very common among females in Pakistan, about 1 in 4 women experience urine continence. About 80% of women face vaginal problems after menopause. 

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Mariam Iqbal Dr. Mariam Iqbal is a fellow of the ‘College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan’ (FCPS) and holds a Masters certification in Hysteroscopy from the Keil School of Endoscopy, Germany. To perfect her credentials, she attained a Masters in Health Professions Education (MPHE) from the Aga Khan University, Karachi. She has over 14 years of experience in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Throughout the course of her career, she has had the pleasure of working with the biggest hospitals in the country, including Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi and Services Hospital, Lahore as well as Nishtar Hospital, Multan to name just a few. She also worked on projects in collaboration with NCMNH, AMAN foundation and Jhpeigo. She is currently working as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Hameed Latif Hospital and has been part of the ‘Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgery Unit (MIGSU) team’ and Rashid Latif Group of Gynaecologists. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Rashid Latif Medical College and Arif Memorial Teaching Hospital, and adjuvant faculty at the Department of Medical Education at the same hospital. Currently she is practicing general gynaecology and obstetrics including high risk pregnancy and subfertility. Her special interests include Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery and Aesthetic gynaecology for which she got training in Slovenia and is now doing procedures at the Aesthetic Uro-Gynaecology Unit, Hameed Latif Hospital. She has facilitated and conducted many workshops and is the course coordinator for MIGSU courses. Her research experience is extensive. She has co-authored a chapter in a book and has many published research papers to her credit. Dr. Mariam’s extensive training and experience is matched by her attentiveness and sensitivity to the needs of individuals experiencing issues related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She offers a variety of treatment plans that will best fit your lifestyle needs. Her professional experience has allowed her the opportunity to work in her professional field in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Mariam Iqbal is a bridge builder, pathfinder and visionary who inspires people to celebrate their choices, changes and connections.