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Mr Clemens von Widekind, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Northampton General Hospital and BMI Three Shires Hospital. As a specialist in minimal invasive surgery and in ultrasound Mr von Widekind deals with complications in pregnancy and all gynaecological conditions.
Mr von Widekind’s work is divided between his NHS practice at Northampton General Hospital and private practice at The Three Shires Hospital Northampton. His special interest is in ultrasound imaging and minimal invasive surgery, in both specialist areas he has more than 20 years of experience.
Minimal access surgery means performing surgery without an open incision. As a specialist for performing advanced laparoscopic surgery Mr von Widekind avoids conventional open surgery in nearly all situations. For the patient this translates as lower risk of infection, much faster recovery, less scaring and far fewer complications.
He was appointed Clinical Director of the Department for Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Northampton General Hospital in 2009.
He has been at Northampton General Hospital since 2001 after having worked previously in Teaching Hospitals in Cologne and Berlin. He is a member of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) and lead clinician for endometriosis at Northampton General Hospital. Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Oxford Medico-Legal Society. He teaches Junior doctors and medical students from Oxford and Leicester University.
Mr. von Widekind is an advanced laparoscopic surgeon he
• has been involved in pioneering laparoscopic surgery since 1988.
• is lead surgeon for severe endometriosis.
• introduced LaSH Hysterectomy in the East Midlands in 2007.
95% of all his patients have laparoscopic procedures for hysterectomy and all fertility sparing operations.
One of the greatest trends in the history of surgery is the advent of minimally invasive techniques for the full spectrum of surgery types performed on the human body. Minimally invasive means performing surgery in many cases without open incisions. For patients, this can translate into a lower risk of infection, faster recovery and less scarring. Because of the great benefits offered by such techniques, minimally invasive options challenge the standard-of-care for many conditions and should always be considered for
In general, Gynaecologists use laparoscopy as a diagnostic tool and to support minor procedures such as biopsy or draining of a cyst and to assist basic steps of a vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH).
In contrast, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons have extensive experience in using minimal invasive techniques and do not resort to open surgery. They can manipulate organs safely and with numerous strategies can handle technically difficult situations, thus avoiding open surgery. They can operate on patients with previous surgery, know how to apply bloodless preparation techniques and they can suture intra-abdominally e.g. insert and attach meshes and can remove a large organ through a small hole.
Areas of interest
periode problems; endometriosis; advanced laparoscopic surgery; laparoscopic hysterectomy;
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Obsterician & Gynaecologist
3 Clinical Excellent Awards
Thesis: Management of severe Pelvic Inflamatory Disease: Comparission of
Laparoscopy versus Laparotomy
Courses offered to GPs
Management of problematic periods
Reference number 3270424
- BMI Three Shires Hospital
- 13:30 - 17:30
- 07701 068192
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.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Endometrial biopsy or aspiration - (1-5)
Microwave endometrial ablation (including hysteroscopy) - (1-5)
Laparoscopic oophorectomy and salpingectomy, +/- biopsy eg. omentum, peritoneum, lymph node (as sole procedure) bilateral - (1-5)
Hysteroscopy (including biopsy, dilatation, +/- cauterisation, curettage and resection of polyp(s) +/- Mirena coil insertion) - (1-5)
Cauterisation of lesion of cervix uteri (+/- loop diathermy, colposcopy or polypectomy) - (1-5)
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