Ammar Al-Abid - Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Ammar graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1988 and subsequently spent 4 years of his residency in Iraq before deciding to leave to come to New Zealand. Once here, Ammar completed 4 years of general surgery, and continued his training in O&G around the Auckland region, gaining his Fellowship of the RANZCOG in 2008. Ammar's specialty is pelvic pain and laparoscopic surgery as well as all general gynaecological problems, and obstetrics including high risk obstetrics.
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Procedures / Treatments
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, is a method of obtaining pictures from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves.… More
Toxaemia of Pregnancy (pre-eclampsia)
Toxaemia of pregnancy or pre-eclampsia is a condition that occurs in some women during the second half of pregnancy.… More
Gestation is the length of a pregnancy from conception to birth (usually 40 weeks in humans).… More
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
In a very small number of pregnancies, the baby may not grow as well as in a normal pregnancy.… More
An epidural is a type of anaesthetic (medication that stops pain and feeling) that makes your lower body numb without putting you to sleep.… More
Induction of Labour
Induction of labour is the process of starting labour artificially.… More
A caesarean section is the name of the operation done to deliver a baby through a cut in your stomach and uterus (womb).… More
A foetus is the name given to an unborn baby after the eighth week of pregnancy until birth.… More
A premature baby is one that is born before 37 weeks’ gestation (the length of a pregnancy from conception to birth).… More
The postpartum (also called postnatal) period is the time after the birth of a baby.… More
About one in every six couples in New Zealand will experience infertility.… More
The endometrium is the name of the tissue that lines your uterus (womb).… More
Fibroids are noncancerous growths or tumours on the muscular part of the uterus (womb); sometimes they are also called myomas.… More
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac or pouch in the ovary. In most cases, the cyst grows as a result of ovulation (when the egg is released from the ovary), and it will usually shrink over time.… More
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can cause you to have a variety of symptoms, including no periods or irregular periods, increased hair growth on the face and body, acne (pimples) and increased bodyweight.… More
Menstruation is the medical name for your monthly period. This is when blood and tissue from the lining of the uterus (womb) is shed through the vagina and out of the body.… More
The endometrium is the lining of your uterus (womb). Endometrial ablation is the surgical removal or destruction of this lining.… More
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Many women experience feelings of tension, anger, fatigue and depression just before and during the first days of their menstrual period.… More
Cervical dysplasia is the growth of abnormal cells around the cervix (entrance to the uterus).… More
A Pap smear is a test to check for signs of cancer on the cervix (entrance to the uterus).… More
A colposcopy is a detailed examination of the cervix (entrance to the uterus) with a specially lit microscope (colposcope).… More
The most common vaginal infections are yeast infections (also called candidiasis or thrush), trichomoniasis, or bacterial infections (also called bacterial vaginosis).… More
Menopause is also called the “change of life” and is the time when your periods will become irregular and stop.… More
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is when female hormones (oestrogen by itself or with progesterone) are given to a woman during or after menopause when the production of oestrogen by the ovaries declines.… More
A person with urinary incontinence is unable to control the release of urine from their bladder.… More
Bladder Sling Procedures
Sling procedures are common surgical operations to stop stress incontinence.… More
Uterine or Bladder Prolapse
If the uterus (womb) or bladder slips out of position, this is referred to as a prolapse.… More
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove your uterus (womb).… More
An oophorectomy is an operation to remove one or both ovaries.… More
Hysteroscopy and Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)
This is an operation where the cervix (entrance to the uterus) is dilated and a hysteroscope (small lighted mini telescope) is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix so the specialist can see the inside of the uterus.… More
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This page was last updated at 6:18PM on January 16, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Ammar Al-Abid - Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.