The Rapid Recovery Gynaecological Surgery (RRGS) programme is an integrated approach that incorporates recent advancements in science and technology to improve patients’ experience before, during, and after their surgery. The program achieves this by assimilating techniques that focus on decreasing or eliminating the adverse effects associated with surgical procedures.
The benefits of the RRGS programme include:
- Reduced physical and psychological surgical trauma
- Less post-surgical pain
- Minimal nausea and vomiting
- No side-effects of drugs or sedation
- Rapid and improved rate and quality of recovery
- Less muscular weakness
- Ability to walk within hours of major surgery
- Lower risk of post-surgical complications (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and infections amongst others)
- No inpatient rehabilitation
- Shorter time using urinary catheters
- Early hospital-discharge after a single overnight stay (individual outcomes may vary)
How does the Rapid Recovery Gynaecological Surgery Programme work?
The RRGS programme combines a variety of techniques to treat women undergoing elective procedures or surgeries. It uses a multi-team approach comprising specialists from the various disciplines involved, thus ensuring that each woman receives the highest quality of care available. The team comprises a surgeon (Dr G), a perioperative physician, an anaesthetist, and a physiotherapist.
The key components of the Rapid Recovery Gynaecological Surgery programme include:
Dr G’s skill and proficiency with minimal invasive surgery. Dr G specialises in minimally invasive surgery which is either performed via a natural orifice (the vagina) or through laparoscopy (also known as keyhole surgery). It is significantly safer than open surgery and is associated with fewer complications. Dr G is one of the few qualified gynaecologists in Melbourne to provide women suffering from reproductive disorders with this service.
Comprehensive pre-operative evaluation and the optimisation of medical conditions. The perioperative physician performs a detailed pre-operative screening that ensures the patient is physically and emotionally prepared for the surgery. The physician will also stabilise any medical conditions the patient might have, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions. This lowers the likelihood of complications arising during surgery.
Effective pain control and optimal anaesthesia. Dr G uses an anaesthetist who specialises in early recovery. The anaesthetist may adopt either general or regional anaesthesia, depending on the type of the surgery and the health of the patient. Both Dr G and the anaesthetist make reducing the painfulness of your experience one of their priorities.
Aggressive post-operative rehabilitation. This includes early oral nutrition and ambulation which hastens your recovery and minimises your risk of contracting hospital acquired infections and developing deep vein thrombosis.
How successful is the RRGS Programme?
Dr G has found that the Rapid Recovery Gynaecological Surgery program greatly improves his patients’ satisfaction with their overall treatment and outcomes. Most of his patients are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours of their surgery and are able to resume normal activities within days of their procedure – including driving. The measures employed in this unique service have also been found to significantly reduce the stressfulness of major surgery, especially for young mothers and working professionals.
Contact Dr G today to know more about how the Rapid Recovery Gynaecological Surgery programme can help you.