Associate Professor Christopher Maher
Dr Maher is a Urogynaecologist. He is in interested in restoring function to the female pelvis. He undertook his basic gynaecology training in Queensland and completed a 3- year Urogynaecology subspecialty training programme in Melbourne and overseas.
He has a long interest in research and has been rewarded for his efforts 'with publications in leading international journals, college scholarships and invitations to speak at national and international meetings.
He became head of the Queensland branch of the Continence Foundation of Australia 2000 and in 2002 he joined the scientific committee for the international Urogynaecology Association. In 2005 Dr Maher joined the board of Australian Gynae and Endoscopy Society and the editorial board for the International Urogynaecology journal.In 2005 he was also appointed to the Royal Australian & New Zealand College Urogynaecology sub-specialty committee.
In 1999, after returning from overseas, he established the Wesley Urogynaecology Unit and the Mater Urogynaecology Unit in Brisbane. The units focus on the prevention, investigation and treatment of female pelvic floor dysfunction. Areas of special interest include:
The majority of women attending Dr. Maher will require further investigation to define the cause of the problem.
Urodynamics is the investigation of bladder function and is usually able to be performed at the initial consultation.
The aim of Urodynamics is to help make a clear diagnosis of the cause of bladder dysfunction and future treatment will depend on these results. The test takes approximately 35 minutes and is performed by a trained continence nurse. Small catheters are introduced into the bladder, urethra and vagina. These catheters are used to fill the bladder and record pressure changes that may occur during the test. If you are menstruating at the time of the appointment, the test can still be carried out. -
Fully disposable catheters and sterile water are used to minimize the risk of infection. I- 3% of women will develop a urinary tract infection after the test. Increasing fluid intake in the first few hours after the test will minimize the risk of infection. A copy of the report will be sent to your referring doctor.
Both conservative and surgical treatments may be available in the treatment of your condition. Conservative treatment will include:
Surgical treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction can be performed through the vaginal, abdominal or laparoscopic (key-hole) approach.
Treatment will be varied to meet your individual needs.
All patients attending Dr. Maher require a referral from their local doctor or specialist, Please remember to bring the following information:
The fees charged by the practice are at or below that recommended by the Australian Medical Association. Accounts paid on the day of consultation will attract a 10% discount. Bankcard, MasterCard, Visa and EFTPOS facilities are available.