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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
I am a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist Urogynaecologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. I completed my general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the East of England prior to undertaking a two-year Urogynaecology research fellowship with Professor Linda Cardozo. I was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) by King’s College London and gained subspecialty accreditation in Urogynaecology at King’s College Hospital in London.
I offer a comprehensive service for women with pelvic floor disorders. My clinical expertise includes investigation and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, recurrent cystitis, painful bladder syndrome and childbirth injuries. In addition to my urogynaecology practice, I also provide a full gynaecological service looking after women with heavy or irregular periods, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, polyps, fibroids and menopausal problems.
I actively involve women in decision making and support them to make fully informed choices about their care offering up-to-date and evidence-based management options. I work with a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists and nurses and consider conservative treatments before proceeding with surgery. My priority is using effective techniques enabling a quick recovery and return to normal activities.
While I have been mainly a clinician, I have also contributed significantly to developing medical knowledge through my involvement in several national and international research studies. I have published more than 45 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 80 abstracts in national and international conferences.
Areas of interest
Pelvic organ prolapse; Urinary incontinence; Overactive bladder; Recurrent cystitis; Painful bladder syndrome; Urodynamics; Childbirth injuries; Menstrual disorders; Uterine fibroids; Ovarian cysts; Laparoscopic surgery
- Dawn Trask
- Spire Norwich Hospital Watton Road Norwich NR4 7TD
- 01603 255507
- 01603 255625
Anaesthetists worked with
Mr Ilias Giarenis has worked with Norwich Anaesthetists Group at the following hospitals:
- Spire Norwich Hospital (1-5)
Mr Ilias Giarenis has worked with Dr Bruce G Fleming at the following hospitals:
- Spire Norwich Hospital (1-5)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
My main areas of research interests include the assessment of lower urinary tract dysfunction and management of recurrent stress urinary incontinence.
I live in Norwich with my wife and my young son, with whom I spend most of my spare time. I enjoy swimming, exploring Mediterranean Europe and socialising with friends.
Clinical Excellence Awards, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, 2017 and 2018
Outstanding contribution in reviewing, European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2015
Runner-up for best oral presentation, European Urogynaecological Association Meeting, 2013
Academic Excellence Award,University of Athens, 2001
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Greek, Modern - Native or bilingual
List of selected publications:
1.Do we need better information to advise women with stress incontinence on their choice of surgery? Report from the ICI-RS 2018. Giarenis I, Malde S, Harding C, et al. Neurourol Urodyn. 2019;38(S5):S98-S103.
2.Recommendations and future research initiative to optimize bladder management in pregnancy and childbirth International Consultation on Incontinence - Research society 2018. Rantell A, Veit-Rubin N, Giarenis I, et al. Neurourol Urodyn. 2019;38(S5):S104-S110.
3.Changing surgical trends for female stress urinary incontinence in England. Zacche MM, Mukhopadhyay S, Giarenis I. Int Urogynecol J. 2019;30:203-209
4.Trends in prolapse surgery in England. Zacche MM, Mukhopadhyay S, Giarenis I. Int Urogynecol J. 2018;29:1689-1695
5.Is there an association between aspects of the metabolic syndrome and overactive bladder? A prospective cohort study in women with lower urinary tract symptoms. Zacche MM, Giarenis I, Thiagamoorthy G, et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2017;217:1-5
6.Is there any association between urodynamic variables and severity of overactive bladder in women with idiopathic detrusor overactivity? Giarenis I, Zacchè M, Robinson D, et al. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017;36:780-783
7.Can we predict detrusor overactivity in women with lower urinary tract symptoms? The King's Detrusor Overactivity Score (KiDOS). Giarenis I, Musonda P, Mastoroudes H, et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2016;205:127-32
8.Therapies in early development for the treatment of urinary tract inflammation. Zacchè MM, Giarenis I. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2016;25:531-40
9.Management of urinary symptoms associated with fibroids. Kleanthis C, Zacchè MM, Giarenis I. Curr Obstet Gynecol Rep 2016;5:89-93
10.Prevention and management of pelvic organ prolapse. Giarenis I, Robinson D. F1000Prime Rep 2014 Sep 4;6:77. eCollection
11.Is there a difference between women with or without detrusor overactivity complaining of symptoms of overactive bladder? Giarenis I, Mastoroudes H, Srikrishna S, et al. BJU Int 2013;112:501-7
12.What is the value of urodynamic studies before stress incontinence surgery? Giarenis I, Cardozo L. BJOG 2013;120:130-2
13.The management of refractory overactive bladder. Giarenis I, Cardozo L. Minerva Ginecol 2013;65:41-52
14.What do we do when a midurethral tape fails? Rediscovery of open colposuspension as a salvage continence operation. Giarenis I, Mastoroudes H, Cardozo L, et al. Int Urogynecol J 2012;23:1117-22
Courses offered to GPs
Update in Urogynaecology
I prospectively audit my surgical outcomes by submitting validated data to the British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) audit database.
Over the last 12 months the mortality rate was 0%, the return to theatre rate 0%, the intra-operative injury rate 0.6%, the blood transfusion rate 0.3% and the readmission rate 1.7%. 89.1% of the treated patients felt "very much better" or "much better" post-operatively (global impression of improvement patient reported outcome measure).
- Doctor of Medicine (MD) King's College London 2017
- Subspecialty accreditation in Urogynaecology Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2015
- Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2009
- Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH) Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 2007
- Medical degree University of Athens, Greece 2000
- Subspecialty training in Urogynaecology King's College Hospital 2015
- Research fellowship in Urogynaecology King's College Hospital 2013
Reference number 6103100
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Publication Committee (Chair) European Urogynaecological Association (EUGA) 2020
- Research Committee British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) 2020
Affiliations / memberships
British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG)
East Anglian Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society (EAOGS)
European Urogynaecological Association (EUGA)
International Continence Society (ICS)
International Urogynecological Association (IUGA)
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
United Kingdom Continence Society (UKCS)
- Spire Norwich Hospital
- 14:00 - 17:30
- 01603 255507
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.