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Dr. Harsh Desai

Director - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Sterling Hospitals, Gurukul, Ahmedabad

A BriefIntroduction

Dr. Harsh Desai specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and is known for his expertise in high-risk pregnancy care, robotic gynecological surgery, and laparoscopic or minimally invasive gynecological surgery. He is also the first Da Vinci robotic-trained and certified gynecological surgeon in Gujarat.

Dr. Harsh embarked on his medical journey by earning his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Smt. N H L Municipal Medical College in 2000. Driven by his passion for women's health, he pursued further specialization and completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Sheth V. S. Municipal General Hospital and SCL Municipal General Hospital in 2003, under the guidance of the esteemed Dr. Ajit C. Rawal.

Proficient in English, Hindi, and Gujarati, Dr. Harsh ensures effective communication with his patients, fostering a supportive and inclusive healthcare environment. With over two decades of invaluable experience, he has developed a deep understanding of complex gynecological conditions and their management.

Committed to giving back to the community and providing quality healthcare, Dr. Harsh has also been an Honorary Consultant at Sheth V. S. General Hospital and Shraddha Specialty Hospital in Ahmedabad since 2004.

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High-Risk Pregnancy Care

What is High-Risk Pregnancy Care?

High-Risk Pregnancy Care involves specialized medical attention for pregnancies that have an increased risk of complications affecting the mother, baby, or both. This type of care is provided by obstetricians with expertise in managing complex pregnancies and ensuring the best possible outcomes for high-risk cases. High-Risk Pregnancy Care typically includes frequent monitoring, advanced diagnostics, and tailored treatment plans to address specific health concerns.

When and why do people go for High-Risk Pregnancy Care?

People seek High-Risk Pregnancy Care under various circumstances, including:

  • Maternal Health Conditions: Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and kidney problems.
  • Pregnancy Complications: Issues that arise during pregnancy, like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placenta previa, and multiple gestations (twins, triplets, etc.).
  • Previous Pregnancy Loss: History of miscarriages, preterm births, or stillbirths.
  • Age Factors: Women over the age of 35 or under 17 are considered to have a higher risk of complications.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Substance abuse, obesity, or significant lifestyle stressors.
  • Fetal Health Concerns: Congenital anomalies, growth restrictions, or other fetal conditions detected through prenatal screening.

What makes High-Risk Pregnancy Care different from other treatment options?

High-Risk Pregnancy Care is distinguished by its comprehensive and proactive approach:

  • Specialized Monitoring: Frequent ultrasounds, non-stress tests, and biophysical profiles to closely monitor the health of both mother and baby.
  • Multidisciplinary Team: Collaboration among obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, and other healthcare providers.
  • Customized Care Plans: Tailored care plans based on individual risk factors and medical history.
  • Advanced Diagnostics: Access to advanced diagnostic tools such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), and detailed fetal echocardiography.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care is crucial for ensuring the health and well-being of both mother and baby in pregnancies with increased risks. With specialized attention and advanced medical support, expectant mothers can navigate the challenges of high-risk pregnancies with confidence and care.

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Robotic Hysterectomy

Robotic Hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed using robotic technology to remove the uterus and possibly other reproductive organs. It is commonly used to treat various gynaecological conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, or gynaecologic cancers.

When and why do people go for a Robotic Hysterectomy?

People undergo robotic hysterectomy when they have gynaecological conditions that require surgical removal of the uterus or other reproductive organs. The surgery may be recommended to alleviate symptoms such as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or pressure on the bladder or bowel, and to treat conditions that have not responded to non-surgical treatments. Robotic-assisted techniques offer several advantages, including smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.

What makes Robotic Hysterectomy different from other treatment options?

Robotic hysterectomy differs from other treatment options for gynaecological conditions, such as open surgery or laparoscopic surgery, in that it utilizes advanced robotic technology to perform the procedure with increased precision and dexterity. The robotic system provides the surgeon with a three-dimensional view of the surgical site and allows for greater flexibility and range of motion of instruments, facilitating complex maneuvers in confined spaces. This minimally invasive approach results in less trauma to surrounding tissues, reduced postoperative pain, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic outcomes compared to traditional open surgery.

How does life change after Robotic Hysterectomy?

Life after robotic hysterectomy can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, the individual's overall health, and the underlying gynecological condition being treated. Many people experience relief from symptoms such as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or pressure symptoms after surgery, as the procedure helps to remove the uterus and possibly other diseased reproductive organs. Recovery from robotic hysterectomy is typically faster than with open surgery, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few weeks to months after the procedure. With proper postoperative care, including pelvic floor exercises and hormone therapy if necessary, most individuals can expect to enjoy improved quality of life and long-term outcomes after robotic hysterectomy.

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Academics & Research

  • Conducted the study of DISTAL TUBAL BLOCK in 50 patients of infertility between 2001 and 2003
  • Presented a paper regarding social factors affecting women of the urban area suffering from infertility along with their psychological condition and management at the FOGSI annual meeting held in Ahmedabad in 2001
  • Presented a Poster regarding Laparoscopic Gynae Surgery at the FOGSI annual meeting held at Ahmedabad in 2001
  • Research in the subject of the prevalence of HPV in the community by liquid base cytology done as principal investigator
  • Further research projects are in the process of being conducted as a principal investigator

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