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Mr Stephen Burrell - Consultant Gynaecologist

I see women with many different gynaecological problems and aim to provide the most effective options for treatment in a caring & professional way.
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Stephen Burrell

Mr Burrell was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Luton & Dunstable Hospital in 2000 & is the lead clinician for Fetal Medicine scanning & hysteroscopic surgery.

He sees both self funding & insured patients at Spire Harpenden Hospital and is recognised by all major insurers. Appointments for new patients are usually made after a referral by a GP.

Mr Burrell also sees NHS patients at the Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service Verulam Gynaecology (CATS) in London Colney.

Mr Burrell is on the General Medical Council Specialist Register (membership no. 3245590).
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Private Secretaries
Margie Skinner & Deborah Richardson
Tel: 01582 623323
Fax: 01582 647829
Email: secretary@gynaecologistherts.co.uk

Spire Harpenden Hospital
Gynaecology Clinics:
Monday & Tuesday evenings & alternate Thursday afternoons
Ultrasound Clinics:
Monday & Thursday evenings

Verulam Clinic
Gynaecology & Pregnancy Ultrasound Clinic:
Sunday morning
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  • Endometrial Ablation

    An endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the uterine lining (endometrium) and is used to treat dysfunctional or abnormal uterine bleeding in women who have completed their family. It can be a very good alternative to hysterectomy for many women although it isn’t suitable if you have large fibroids, in which case a hysterectomy may be necessary.
  • Hysterectomy


    Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus) which is carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including:

    • heavy periods (menorrhagia)
    • long-term pelvic pain
    • non-cancerous tumours (fibroids)
    • ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer or cancer of the fallopian tubes.

    There are different types of hysterectomy & the type performed will depend on the reason for the surgery and how much of the womb and reproductive system can safely be left in place.

    • Total hysterectomy, where the womb and the cervix are removed
    • Subtotal hysterectomy, where the womb is removed but the cervix is left in place – this can often be done with keyhole surgery
    • Radical hysterectomy, where the cervix and surrounding tissues including the womb and part of the vagina are removed

    There are also different ways in which a hysterectomy can be performed
    • Vaginal where the womb is removed through the vagina
    • Abdominal where the womb is removed through a cut in the abdomen
    • Laparoscopic where a few small incisions are made in the abdomen & the womb is removed through one of these. 

    If it possible for a hysterectomy to be performed laparoscopically it has significant advantages over a vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy i.e.

    • Less Blood loss
    • Less pain after the operation
    • Faster recovery time (1-2 weeks instead of 4-6)
    • Minimal scarring.

    The ovaries are usually left in place because they produce oestrogen. If the ovaries are removed this will induce the menopause.  After a hysterectomy, you will no longer have periods or be able to become pregnant.

  • Hysteroscopy

    A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows the womb (uterus) to be examined using a narrow tube-like telescopic camera called a hysteroscope. A hysteroscopy can be used either to diagnose or treat gynaecological conditions such as:
    • Heavy or irregular bleeding that has not got better with medication
    • Bleeding in-between periods
    • Bleeding after your menopause
    • Irregular bleeding whilst you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
    • Unexplained miscarriages

    A hysteroscopy can also be used to remove abnormal growths from the womb, such as:
    • fibroids – non-cancerous growths that can develop inside the womb and can sometimes cause symptoms such as pain and heavy periods
    • polyps – small growths that develop on the lining of the womb and can cause irregular and heavy periods
    • intrauterine adhesions – which are sections of scar tissue that can cause absent periods and infertility

    Depending on the reason for hysteroscopy it can be performed under local anaesthetic.
  • Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows access to the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incisions in the skin. It can be used to either diagnose a condition, or to allow treatment. The advantages of this technique over traditional open surgery are that there is a faster recovery time, less pain after the operation and minimal scarring.

    Laparoscopy can be used to   A laparoscopy may also be recommended when there are problems conceiving to see if there are any problems with the ovaries, fallopian tubes or womb.