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Dr Michael Cooper's Biography  I   Dr Geoffrey Reid's Biography  I   Surgical Experience and Complications  I   Current Research

Laparoscopic Resection of Bowel Endometriosis  I   Complications During Excisional Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr Michael Cooper's Biography

Dr Cooper graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and completed his internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His early specialist training was undertaken at King George V Hospital, where he gained his membership of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991. He received the Chenhall Award from the University of Sydney enabling him to work for two years as a clinical research fellow in endoscopic surgery in England and France. This time was spent at the Royal Free Hospital in London and Clermont Ferrand, France. Several months were then spent visiting the most advanced endoscopic surgical units in the USA. On returning to Australia, he took up a position as lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology, University of New South Wales with clinical duties at Liverpool Hospital. In 1996 he was appointed Head of Endoscopic Surgery at King George V Hospital and in 1997 became a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney University. He was the Secretary of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society from 1999 to 2003. He was accredited with Sydney IVF in 2004.

His major interest and research focus is on the treatment and management of endometriosis for both pain and infertility. He uses excisional surgery to deal with complex cases and has had significant experience with severe disease including bowel involvement.

He is involved in the training of medical students and junior doctors in specialist training and runs the endoscopic division of the gynaecological service at King George V Hospital. He initiated one of the early endoscopic training centres for gynaecologists in Australia at Liverpool Hospital and expects up to 90% of all gynaecological procedures will soon be performed with new minimal access techniques allowing patients to return home within 24 to 48 hours.

Dr Cooper has been the author of over 35 articles and book chapters published both in Australia and internationally and has spoken widely within Australia and overseas. He has been an invited surgeon to several hospitals in Australia and Asia and is a visiting Associate Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guanghzou, China and a medical consultant to the Guangdong Maternal and Child Care Hospital, Guangdong, China.

He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation on research and training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery. He has performed over 1800 advanced laparoscopic procedures including excision of endometriosis, hysterectomy, colposuspension, pelvic floor reconstruction and lymph node dissection. Currently less than 5% of his operations require an abdominal incision.


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Dr Geoffrey Reid's Biography

Dr Reid is a gynaecologist in practice in Central Sydney, South West Sydney and the Southern Highlands of NSW. He is the Director of Gynaecological Endoscopy at Liverpool Hospital, and has appointments at St Lukes Hospital - Potts Point, Sydney Southwest Hospital -Liverpool, Southern Highlands Private Hospital - Bowral, John James Memorial Hospital - Canberra and The Wesley Hospital - Brisbane.

Dr Reid graduated from Monash University in 1975, and then spent 4 years working with the Royal Australian Air Force. He completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Melbourne before spending three years in the UK, the last two as Clinical Lecturer with the University of Manchester.

Upon return to Australia, he spent 10 years in obstetrical and gynaecological practice in the Riverina, gaining wide experience in general gynaecology. His interest in minimally invasive surgery then bought him to Sydney to head a department of Endoscopic Surgery at Liverpool Hospital.

His major interest is the treatment of women with endometriosis. More recently he has returned to manage patients requiring Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF), a service that many women with endometriosis require. He is accredited to provide these services in association with Sydney IVF.

Dr Reid is involved in training of doctors at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a lecturer at the University of NSW and is frequently involved in educational activities both within Australia and overseas. He has been an invited lecturer and surgeon in many Asian countries including China, India, Singapore and Malaysia.

Dr Reid is an executive committee member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society, a member of the World Endometriosis Society, a member of the American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists and a member of the International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has presented over 100 papers at various Society meetings and is widely published especially in the field of laparoscopy and endometriosis.

Dr Reid is married to Dr Hilary F Joyce, a gynaecologist with an interest in endocrinology and menopausal medicine. He has one daughter, Frances, aged 16, who is interested in the study of languages, the theatre and fire-fighting! She also knows quite a lot about endometriosis.


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Surgical Experience and Complications

The following table includes all major procedures since 1995. Some minor procedures have been omitted. Since the database has been running Dr Cooper has performed about 98% of operations without a large abdominal incision.

All procedures Operative Laparoscopy Diagnostic Laparoscopy Radical Excision of Endometriosis Major Vaginal Abdominal Bowel Resection
3639 1945 214 453 183 73 63
  53% 6% 12% 5% 2% 2%

Major laparoscopic complications#** Published Rate Cooper's Rate
Death 0.06/1000** 0
Major complication 5.23/1000** 4.2/1000


Many of Dr Cooper's patients are referred from other gynaecologists and require procedures such as bowel surgery. These patients are at higher surgical risk than uncomplicated patients.

He is happy to discuss his complication profile and provide further information.

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Current Research

We are participating in a drug trial to investigate the effectiveness of a single dose of a drug in people with confirmed endometriosis. Please contact us with your expressions of interest or fill out the form (?in the contact us) to register

To investigate the clinical and quality of life outcomes for the surgical treatment of endometriosis:

  • Studying the relationship between endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Quality of life following surgery for advanced endometriosis including bowel involvement
  • Fertility and endometrisois
  • Ovarian Function after endometriosis surgery

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