February 20th 2017
WONDERFUL TREATMENT AND SUPPORT FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS PATIENT
Olga first realised something wasn’t right when a year ago she started getting really painful periods and felt bloated all the time.
She eventually had an MRI scan in her native Russia which showed signs of an ovarian cyst which required surgery.
After extensive research, the 28-year-old decided to travel to HCA’s The Harley Street Clinic for surgery in April.
During the keyhole operation, Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Denis Tsepov discovered a cyst the size of a grapefruit but managed to preserve her ovary.
He also found that Olga had stage four endometriosis, which normally means the disease has spread to other organs and requires both surgical and medical treatment.
She was put on six monthly injections of Zoladex (a hormone treatment to stop the growth of endometrial tissue), and may need further surgery to remove any residual disease.
Although the injections can be painful and bring on menopausal-like side-effects, Olga continued to work and feels that her positive outlook helps keep the symptoms at bay.
She also started seeing a nutritionist who advised her to try cutting out certain foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy and spicy foods to help prevent inflammation.
Olga says: ‘The support I received at The Harley Street Clinic was wonderful, particularly the nursing care. I really struck up a bond with the nurse I see regularly and she calls just to check in, even if I’m not scheduled for an appointment.
‘For anyone who is worried about endometriosis, I would advise them to get checked out. I don’t regret seeking medical help and, although it has meant changing my lifestyle such as cutting out sugar and gluten, I feel much better for it. I am not going to let the disease stop me doing anything!’
Mr Tsepov, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, praised Olga for her approach.
‘Olga is a truly motivated person who is determined to follow the treatment required,’ he says.
‘She attends her appointments regularly and adheres to the medication regimen, which is sometimes difficult to achieve as there can be unpleasant side-effects. She is inspirational to other women with endometriosis.’
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