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Severe diabetes and pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical conditions in pregnancy

Desiree saw me initially for management of her first pregnancy in 2015. She had been an insulin dependent diabetic since she was five years old and was requiring 30 units of insulin per day when I saw her for her first antenatal visit. She also had a history of hypertension since 2011, though was not […]

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Two good pregnancy outcomes despite an appalling obstetric history

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy complications

I first met Nicole in 2015. She had been admitted to hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum. It was her second pregnancy. Her first pregnancy had to be ended at 29 weeks by Caesarean section delivery after she developed HELLP syndrome. HELLP (Haemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, Low Platelets) syndrome is a very severe life-threatening form of preeclampsia. […]

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Resuming work this weekend

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes

I have decided I am well enough to resume deliveries from Saturday 9th February and office consultations from Monday 11th February. I have made a faster recovery from my severe pneumonia than anticipated. My respiratory physician is very pleased with my recovery and is happy for me to go back to work. Thank you for […]

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My recent health

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes

On Tuesday 8th January I was admitted to ICU with a very severe and unusual type of pneumonia. Through God’s grace, the excellent care of the doctors and nurses looking after me and the right medications I am on the road to a full recovery. My recovery so far has been much quicker than expected, especially […]

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Christmas and New Year holiday season office open days

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, General

Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday season our office will only be open on Friday 28th December and Monday 31st December. Normal opening days will resume on Wednesday 2nd January. I (Dr Gary Sykes) am working during the entire Christmas and New Year holiday season. I can be contacted directly by current patients […]

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Was it cervical incompetence?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy and childbirth stories
Cervical Incompetence in Pregnancy

Trish saw me with her husband for the management of her second pregnancy. Sadly, her first pregnancy ended at 20 weeks gestation (pregnancy). She said she had spontaneous rupture of membranes and light contractions before delivering a stillborn little girl. I had not managed that pregnancy. The hospital she attended told her the presentation was […]

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History of Caesarean section delivery

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Caesarean section
Caesarean Section in 17th Century

There are references to Caesarean section operations in ancient Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese and European stories, photos and ancient historical records. While it is commonly believed the name ‘Caesarean’ is from the surgical birth of Julius Caesar, this is considered unlikely as his mother lived to hear of her son’s invasion of Britain. Roman […]

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Preeclampsia presenting as liver pain and tenderness

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy and childbirth stories
Preeclampsia - Newborn Baby

Carolyn had an uncomplicated first pregnancy until she was 35 weeks 6 days gestation (pregnancy). She phoned the Birth Unit as she had pain in her right upper abdomen.  She was asked to come in to be assessed. I attended to see her. She was slightly tender in the right upper abdomen and her blood […]

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A successful VBAC after two previous Caesarean section deliveries

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy and childbirth stories
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) - Newborn Baby

I met Francine, her husband Bonaventure and their first three children at her first antenatal visit with me when she was 33 weeks pregnant. Francine and her family had just arrived in Australia from the Congo in Africa. Bonaventure was here for his PhD studies at the University of NSW. Francine only spoke and understood […]

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I have an unpredictable life

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes
Mission: Impossible Fallout Poster

Last week was very busy. So, my wife Robyn and I decided to relax and see a movie on Sunday afternoon. We decided to see ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. In case a patient went into labour, I didn’t book the tickets until 10.00am on Sunday. I had to do an online booking to secure appropriate […]

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