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Discussing hysterectomies

Did you know that hysterectomy is one of the most common elective procedures women undergo in Australia?

14 Apr 2021

A hysterectomy is an operation that involves the removal of the uterus and therefore, stops menstruation or the ability to fall pregnant.

In our podcast episode, St John of God Subiaco Hospital Gynaecologic Oncologist Dr Stuart Salfinger discusses various aspects of hysterectomy, including the reasons for surgery, different procedures and physiological changes that occur post-operation.

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Stuart Salfinger

About the Presenter

Dr Stuart Salfinger is a Gynaecologic Oncologist and current President of the Australasian Gynaecologic Endoscopy and Surgical Society.

Stuart’s particular clinical interest is in Gynaecologic Cancer Surgery and complex laparoscopic surgery. He specialises in this area with a particular emphasis in the laparoscopic management of gynaecologic cancers. He is also interested in surgical teaching and training and has recently completed a Masters in Surgical Education. 

He graduated in medicine from University of Western Australia in 1995. He completed 6 years of specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Perth. 

He completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Monash in Melbourne in 2004 and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2005. 

He subsequently completed 3 years of subspecialty training in Gynaecologic Oncology working at The Royals Women’s Hospital and The Mercy Hospital in Melbourne and also the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Mater hospital in Brisbane. He was awarded a subspecialist Certification in Gynaecologic Oncology. His private practice is based at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, where it has been since 2008. 

He has been on the board of the Australasian Gynaecologic and Endoscopy & Surgery Society since 2009 and is the current president. Dr Salfinger is on the National Medical Research and Advisory Group of Ovarian Cancer Australia. He is the Obstetrics and Gynaecology representative on the WA Anaesthetic and Surgical Mortality Committee and also sits on the NHMRC grants assessment panel for gynaecologic cancers.