I have collected data on my own surgical (obstetrics and gynaecology) outcomes ever since I was trainee (Since 1998). This has been an extremely useful activity to improve my surgical skills and patient safety.
Since 2008, I have more detailed data on surgical outcomes which I have voluntarily collected and analysed. These are shared openly below where you will find rates of serious complication associated with a major gynaecological surgery performed by me.
Some facts about gynaecological operations and risks:
- Only small number of women with a gynaecological problem require a major operation.
- Most women having gynaecological operation recovers well without any complications.
- All surgical procedures carry some risk.
- Surgical risks can be minimised but can not be entirely eliminated.
- Individual risks can be estimated but can not be precisely predicted.
- Surgical risks are dependent on several factors including expertise and experience of surgeon, nature of the clinical problem, patient fitness and hospital resources.
- All surgeons are not same.
- It is perfectly ok to ask surgeons about their complication rate.