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Urinary incontinence and pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy concerns and questions

Urinary incontinence is common and distressing pregnancy and postpartum problem. It is usually urinary stress incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when the bladder sphincter muscle does not function well enough to hold in urine in the bladder. Recently I was called for a delivery. I arrived to find there was blood in the urinary catheter. The […]

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Eight pregnancies, two babies

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Miscarriage

I first met Laura in 2013. She saw me for management of her third pregnancy. Her first two pregnancies had been unsuccessful. She had had two early first trimester miscarriages. She was not aware of a reason why she miscarried. Her third pregnancy was also not successful. There was foetal demise at nine weeks. I […]

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Caesarean section by choice

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy concerns and questions, Caesarean section

When asked: “Can I have a Caesarean section?” I always answer: “YES”. There is an increasing number of women who choose to have an elective Caesarean section as the mode of delivery, rather than a vaginal delivery. The request is usually made at the first antenatal visit and usually of the first pregnancy. It is […]

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Taking time off

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

My last blog It is good to be back prompted a Facebook comment from an old patient who moved overseas to live after her first pregnancy. I have Donna’s permission to repost her comment: “I love how dedicated you are Gary and it makes a huge difference to people. I found out at 39 weeks […]

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It is good to be back

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

My wife Robyn and I arrived home on Saturday night after a wonderful four-week holiday. We spent two weeks cruising in France and then almost two weeks visiting old friends in the United Kingdom. These friendships were kindled when we lived in the United Kingdom (two years in Cardiff and then five years in Oxford) […]

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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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