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Alex Digesu MD, PhD is a Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Urogynaecology Subspecialist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Imperial College, London.
Alex Digesu’s area of expertise is urogynecology, reconstructive pelvic floor surgery, urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis), complications of female pelvic floor surgery, neurourology & neuromodulation including the assessment and management of patients with lower urinary tract symptoms and complex pelvic floor dysfunctions.
He offers the full range of conservative, medical and surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders (prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, female sexual dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain) as well as minimally invasive treatment of uterovaginal prolapse using keyhole surgery for those women who would like to preserve their uterus thus avoiding hysterectomy.
He is has also received advanced extensive training in vaginal reconstruction following childbirth injuries and has a wide surgical experience in cosmetic vaginal surgery such as labiaplasty, vaginal tightening, female rejuvenation (vaginoplasty). His research studies include assessment and management of patients presenting a broad range of pelvic floor dysfunctions such as overactive bladder syndrome, urinary incontinence, bladder and urogenital pain, urinary and bowel symptoms, urodynamics, 2D/3D ultrasound imaging, MRI imaging of the lower urinary tract and pelvic floor, neurourology, pelvic organ prolapse, child birth injuries, assessment and management of female sexual dysfunction.
He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine in Italy at the University of Bari in 2002. In 2005 he achieved his PhD in Oncological, Gynaecological and Geriatric Surgery from the same university. His clinical and academic experience also includes a five years fellowship in Urogynaecology in London at King’s College Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital and two years subspecialty training in Urogynaecology & reconstructive pelvic floor surgery at Imperial College of London.
Since he completed his training, he worked as Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Consultant in several University teaching Hospitals in Italy, Switzerland and UK. In all he has more than 15 years experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Dr Digesu has been accredited by the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists as a Specialist in Urogynaecology (specialised in treating patients with bladder & bowel problems such as incontinence and uterovaginal prolapse).
He has published extensively in this field and he is author of more than 80 articles in peer review journals. In view of his expertise and research he covers important academic duties both nationally & internationally and he is a well-known invited speaker worldwide in national and international conferences.
He is the Chairman of the International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) Academy, member of the Board of Trustee of the International Continence Society (ICS) and member of several committees of international medical societies such as International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) (pelvic floor medicine and reconstructive surgery committee); International Continence Society (ICS) (educational committee, scientific committee and urodynamics committee), International Urogynaecology Association (urogenital pain special interest group and neurourogynaecology special interest group); International Continence Society (ICS) & International Urogynaecology Association(IUGA) (Standardization Committee); member of the Infection Prevention Committee and the New Interventional Procedures Committee of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust..
Dr Digesu is the programme director of the London masterclass in female pelvic anatomy, urogynaecology & reconstructive pelvic surgery and he is a tutor & mentor at several basic and advanced training courses in Europe using cadavers, video demonstrations, live surgery, animal models, simulators as well as pelvic mannequins for clinicians and surgeons who are keen to improve their surgical skills in all areas of urogynaecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. He also conducts national and international workshops to teach the doctors and midwives how to identify and repair perineal tears after childbirth.
Dr Digesu in view of his expertise in female pelvic floor surgery as well as the assessment and management of female pelvic floor dysfunctions acts as an expert witness and consultant for medical legal cases involving postoperative complications related to malpractice and use of meshes for vaginal surgery and urinary incontinence. He is also the reconstructive pelvic floor surgeon member of the major trauma team of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.
On the light of his clinical and scientific achievements in January 2014 Dr Digesu has been awarded Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology by the Italian Ministry of Health. He also works as Visiting Professor at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas.
Dr Digesu carries on his obstetrics & gynaecology private practice in Milan, Lugano and London. He is Italian, married with a French wife and has two children.
Below are just some of the doctor’s patient reviews. For more information about consultations and appointments, please contact us.
“I cannot say enough positive things about Dr Digesu. I avoided prolapse surgery for years until I met Dr Digesu. Dr Digesu is a well known expert in vaginal reconstruction and child birth trauma and I wanted to personally express my gratitude to Dr Digesu for enabling me to have a normal life again. He took the time to listen all my issues and concerns. All of my questions were answered clearly. Of great importance to me also, is the respectful manner in which Dr Digesu engages with patients. I am so pleased to have found a knowledgeable doctor who has been clear and direct about what my procedure entailed, the surgical outcomes and complications but more importantly for his outstanding surgical skills.”
Verified patient, Doctify.co.uk
“I had to see Dr Digesu a few times when my own doctor was on leave & he is amazing! I was so happy to know that Dr Digesu is a sub-specialist in childbirth trauma. He is so knowledgeable & thorough even though I am not his patient. He ended up delivering our second baby since my doctor was unavailable. I had a smooth vaginal delivery with no tears and no lacerations. I highly recommend him. Best doctor I have come across.”
Verified patient, Doctify.co.uk