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Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

I have been diagonised with big ovarian cyst and need a laparoscopy surgery to remove it. Does anyone know one in Zurich canton.
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

Cherry, the surgery is often done by one's gynecologist, or by a surgeon recommended by the gyne. (It can be difficult to see a surgeon without a referral. btw.)

Did your gyne diagnose the cyst? If so, what does he/she recommend?

Hoping all goes well for you...
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

Yes, I had an ultrasound yesterday and 10cm cyst was found. doctor said i need an laparoscopy for removal and said she could refer to any hospital in zurich canton. ETH zurich or my city spital. so wanted to know if anyone has any good experience with ETH untiversity spital or any other in zurich canton.

I had a lapascopy for same when my cysts was much smaller in my country. it was 1.5 years ago. That surgery did not improve anything and only made it worse. So this time I want to get it done with a good surgeon.

Doctor said my health insurance is valid in Zurich canton.. so if I am not wrong I can get it done anywhere in zurich.
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

I had a very similar surgery at klinic im park (http://www.hirslanden.ch/global/en/h...k_im_park.html) by Dr Stoessel who has his praxis on forchstrasse. He informed me that this hospital has the best laser and facilities for laparoscopic surgery in the whole of Zurich. I think he is a highly experienced gynecologist and surgeon and would recommend him highly. To have the operation there you would need at least semi private insurance though.
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

Finkle ,, thank you so much . I have a insurance from Avanex(helsana) . I don't know if it is semi-private. Have to find out from Avanex.
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

I've had a few different friends with cancer both here, in the UK and the US and seen how the whole process works in 3 countries.

I am very wary of some aspects of the system here. Personally, I don't like how gyn's here are doing everything from giving papsmears, delivering babies and doing cancer surgery.

In the US and UK, a gyn will refer you to a specialist gyn oncology surgeon. This person will be a very experienced surgeon and all they do all the time is cancer surgeries, with hundreds of such surgeries under their belt. A real practiced surgeon is a slightly different animal (literally has different hands) than a general gyn practitioner.

When it comes to cancer surgery (especially laproscopy), I want someone who is dealing with this all the time and who concentrates their study and continuing training on cancer surgery, not a general gyn who on occasion performs a cancer surgery.

I had a friend in CH who's gyn assured her he was competent in surgery and took a breast cancer biopsy. I then sat in with her on three successive second opinions where these trained oncologists just shook their heads saying "this isn't how this should have been done".

So personally, I would recommend people who concentrate on this area. For example, it's my impression that the Zurich Frauenclinik has specialist teams who concentrate their careers on this. For example, I know Dr. Canonica team was such a person and recently transferred to Ticino. I believe her colleague Dr. Claudia Hutzli Schaltegger is the Breast Specialist. I believe these teams have or can point you to the gyn cancer surgeon for you. My notes from my friend says that the receptionist who speaks English and is friendly and helpful is Fr. Talamona 044 255 111. Apparently, Hirslanden Private Gyn Oncology Specialists are Dr. Viess and Prof Possover. The Zurich BrustZentrum is an example of another place that has the top surgeons in CH that only specialize in breast cancer surgery.

90% of the gyns in CH would probably argue with my statement saying that they are fine at performing surgery but I don’t want an occasional surgeon when it comes to cancer. Of course, they aren't going tell you this because they are used to the setup here (how many professionals will tell you "Well actually this guy over there is better than me"). Especially something like laproscopic ovarian surgery, they will need fill your abdomen with gas, remove and test lymph nodes, etc.

Even though doctors can be intimidating, overpowering and act as authorities, ultimately you are the customer, they work for you, it’s your body you have to live with once they are long gone. Shop around, be picky and get a surgeon who you really feel comfortable with.
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

The OP has an ovarian cyst, not cancer.

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy here and it was almost painless, went back to work in two weeks. Great surgeon.

I never cease to be amazed that people haven't enquired what their health insurance covers until they need it, when its too late to change the policy. Health is wealth, and nothing, but nothing, is as important.

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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

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I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy here and it was almost painless, went back to work in two weeks. Great surgeon.
Could you clarify? When you say "Here", do you mean:
- generally in Switzerland
- generally in Zurich?
- at the Hirslanden Hospital in Zurich?
- at the Frauenclinic?

Thanks for your comments and any thoughts on what doctor and hospital to use.
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Yes, I had an ultrasound yesterday and 10cm cyst was found. doctor said i need an laparoscopy for removal and said she could refer to any hospital in zurich canton. ETH zurich or my city spital. so wanted to know if anyone has any good experience with ETH untiversity spital or any other in zurich canton.

I had a lapascopy for same when my cysts was much smaller in my country. it was 1.5 years ago. That surgery did not improve anything and only made it worse. So this time I want to get it done with a good surgeon.

Doctor said my health insurance is valid in Zurich canton.. so if I am not wrong I can get it done anywhere in zurich.
Hi cherry1234,

I know this was some time ago but, if you are still active on the forum, could you please say which solution did you follow ?

Thanks a lot
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Re: Any recommendation for gynecologist/laparoscopic surgeon

Don't know if this is relevant for you but I once had a large ovarian cyst and it was treated chemically by hormones/etc. Dr said most resolve this way and no need for surgery etc, which could potentially create scar tissue and more complications.
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