Gynelase Vaginal Rejuvenation: A Urogynaecologist’s Experience
Dr Pieter Kruger reviews the Gynelase Laser – an effective vaginal rejuvenation treatment for women who suffer from various pelvic floor disorders and sexual dysfunction.
A urogynaecologis deals with female pelvic floor disorders. This includes patients suffering from urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse, as well as sexual dysfunction. The CO2 Laser seem to fit well in the patient population that we serve.
What is the CO2 Laser?
The CO2 Laser is a painless procedure that is performed in the office, and is a good alternative to surgery in less advanced pelvic floor dysfunction.
Current indications for the laser vaginal therapy include mild forms of urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse and vaginal dryness.
Typically, a patient will undergo three treatments, six weeks apart to achieve the required results. A typical appointment will take about 30 minutes for the initial consultation, and 15 minutes for the treatment. Patients typically need two to three treatments six weeks apart in order to acquire the desired effect. We recommend patients to abstain from intercourse for three days following the procedure.
We also give patients the option of having the treatment done by an aesthetic physician if she wishes to do so.
While not all patients are candidates for this procedure, there are various other options available. Our aim therefore is to provide the patient with a thorough urogynaecology evaluation prior to recommending the Laser. We also ensure adequate follow up to ensure the treatment was effective.
So far, we’ve had very good feedback in our practice, but it’s important to note that proper patient selection is essential. Good candidates for this procedure include patients that experience vaginal looseness after child birth, mild forms of stress incontinence (urinary leakage with coughing, laughing and sneezing or other activities) and women with vaginal dryness/atrophy who are not candidates for local hormonal therapy.
Moreover, women with a previous history of breast cancer and vaginal dryness are ideal candidates, since they usually need to avoid local/vaginal estrogen therapy. Numerous studies have additionally shown the Laser to be as effective as local hormonal therapy, but without the associated risk.
Pricing differs depending on where you are in South Africa, and one session can vary from R2000 to R4000. Patients can then decide if they need yearly top ups (one session) if necessary.
The Gynelase Laser can also be used to treat genital warts and other benign gynaecological soft tissue lesions, as well as for the treatment of labial hypertrophy (enlargement of the vaginal lips). The treatment is performed in the office with a local anaesthetic.
Take home message
The arrival of the CO2 laser for vaginal rejuvenation has given us the ability to offer patients non-surgical therapy options for common gynaecological conditions at an affordable price, with minimal discomfort and no down time.
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