MEDICAL PROCEDURES

Medical Procedures

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Medical Procedures

When you consider a minor medical procedure, these typically require both medical skills and surgical skills. These sorts of procedures, whether invasive or non-invasive, can by carried out by an experienced GP. Depending on the procedure required, this may be accompanied with an anesthetist who would carry out a general anaesthetic.

Bayside Family Medical are specialised in the following Contraception and Infusion procedures:

Three regularly utilised procedures at Bayside Family Medical include:

Contraception:

 Implanon NXT

What is Implanon, how does it work?

Implanon is a contraceptive device used for birth control. It is a small, 4cm long soft plastic stick. The device is inserted into the arm by a GP, and it releases a hormone called progestogen. This hormone is similar to the hormone your body produces naturally, and it works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month as well as thickening the mucus in the cervix. Just like Mirena, this is highly effective at over 99% and is recommended for up to three years.

What is involved?

Prior to any procedure, you will need to meet with your GP to discuss your options and determine whether Implanon is right for you. Our GP will talk you through the procedure and possible side effects, so that you can be fully informed. If you decide to proceed, you will be given a prescription to take to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will provide you the Implanon device, and you will need to bring it with you to your next appointment. During the appointment, the GP will first apply a local anaesthetic on your arm and then insert the Implanon underneath the skin. It is advised that you avoid any heavy lifting with that arm for the next 24 hours.

What do I need to do to book in?

Call us on 9583 1630 to discuss booking guidelines and costs of the procedure.

For more information, please visit the official family planning website.

Mirena™

What is it and how does it work?

Mirena is a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD). Its appearance is of a small ‘T-shaped’ plastic device, no more than 32mm in length. It is a form of contraception that is popular to use, as it is over 99% effective. The device is placed in the uterus and it works by slowly releasing the hormone progestogen. This is a hormone that is similar to the one produced naturally in the body, which causes the mucus lining in the uterus (womb) to thicken, making it harder for sperm to reach and fertilise the egg. The effect is similar to another popular contraceptive, Implanon. Like Implanon, Mirena is effective for up to five years, and is also useful in reducing heavy periods.

What is involved?

Mirena is placed in the uterus by a GP specialised in contraceptive health. The processes is similar to the Cervical Screening Test (previously known as a Pap Smear). After the procedure, you may experience some minor discomfort in the pelvic region as well as some spotting. However, the symptoms do not persist, and you will be able to return to work the following day. You can return to your GP to have the Mirena removed at any time, and it will remain effective for up to five years.

Is this a good option for me?

It is recommended that you talk to your GP in the first instance to discuss which contraceptive option is right for you. They will talk you through the procedure, and possible side effects, so that you can be informed. Call us on 9583 1630 to find out more. Appointments for Mirena must be made over the phone, as the receptionist will need to provide further information prior to the appointment.

For more information, please visit the official family planning website.

Infusions:

Iron infusion – Ferinject

What is it and why is it recommended?

Ferinject, an intravenous iron preparation (infusion), is a medicine given to treat patients with an iron deficiency. It is typically recommended when an oral iron supplement is ineffective or if it has caused side-effects (such as nausea or constipation). Ferinject is typically recommended to increase the body’s iron stores quickly, especially when the iron deficiency is causing major problems.

What is involved?

Patients will be taken to our specialised Treatment Room, where the GP will first discuss the process. When ready, the GP will administer Ferinject via an intravenous cannula (IV) into the vein at the crease of the elbow. The infusion lasts for 15 minutes, however you will be required to remain in the Treatment Room for 1 hour so that the nurse can monitor your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.

How can I book in?

Prior to any procedure, you will need to meet with your GP to discuss whether an iron infusion is right for you. Your GP will discuss the process along with possible side effects so that you can make an informed decision. If you decide to proceed with Ferinject, your GP will provide you with a prescription to take to the pharmacy. The pharmacist will provide you with a dosage of Ferinject, which you will need to bring with you to your next appointment.