Dr. Susan Evans

Gynaecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician

Plans for 2017

From January 2017, Dr Evans will be taking time away from clinical practice to complete a PhD into the causes of pelvic pain in young women through the University of Adelaide. She is therefore not accepting patient referrals at this time.

 

Dr Evans is a gynaecologist with special interest in endometriosis, pelvic pain and laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery). She is author of the book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’, and a Director of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia. Dr Evans has extensive experience in public speaking on the topics of Gender and Pain, Endometriosis, and the Management of Pelvic Pain, to both health practitioners and the general public.

Dr Evans believes that managing pelvic pain involves much more than surgery alone. While surgery can manage some aspects of pelvic pain, there are many types of pain that can’t be seen at laparoscopy and on ultrasound scan. The best and longest lasting results are achieved with a multi-disciplinary approach and active involvement by women themselves.

Dr Evans believes that a mix of lifestyle changes, learned self management techniques, medications, diet, physiotherapy, and psychology provide the best results. This means working in a team to manage the many different problems that concern women with pelvic pain.

This approach to pelvic pain is carefully explained in the book o help women learn more about their pain, Dr Evans has written a free e-booklet available from this site which provides an introduction to pelvic pain.

This approach to pelvic pain is carefully explained in her easy-to-read book. It contains detailed instructions on how to manage every aspect of pelvic pain, for women to work through with their doctors. It includes stories of real women she has cared for, information on fertility and ways to live well despite pain. Both the short e-booklet and the recommended $25 full size book are available on this site.

If you are considering laparoscopic surgery for your pelvic pain, Dr Evans suggests you discuss referral to either Dr Preetam Ganu whose rooms are located at Flinders Private Hospital. Your other pelvic pain needs can all be managed by other practitioners on this site.

For those looking for information, or low cost options for their care

  • Dr Evans book ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ is available for purchase from this site, and is in many Australian libraries. This book explains endometriosis, and has a section on the management of each of the common symptoms that concern women with pelvic pain.
  • The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia at www.pelvicpain.org.au has information, research and events for teens, women and men with pelvic pain. Their Facebook is recommended as a source on continuing news items and information.
  • The exercises and stretches available from www.pelvicpain.org.au under Information are a good start for anyone with pelvic ache or stabbing pains
  • The monthly Explain Pelvic Pain Workshops are highly recommended for women who have pain of some kind on most days.  Information about these workshops is available under information on this site.

Published Papers:

Chronic Pelvic Pain in Girls and Women. Evans S 2013 Medicine Today
(Read it Here)

Chronic Pelvic Pain in Australia and New Zealand. Evans S 2012 ANZJOG. Editorial

Pain and Endometriosis. Review Evans S, Moalem-Taylor G, Tracey DJ. Pain. 2007

The Changing Prevalence of Cervical Human Papilloma Virus Infection. ANZJOG 1990

Obstetric Outcome among Female Medical Practitioners ANZJOG 1995

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Gen Pract 1994

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding Curr Therap 1997

Conservation of the Cervix and Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy MJA 1997

Microlaparoscopy for Suspected Pelvic Pathology – S F Evans, O M Petrucco. NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 1998

 

Published Books:

Australian Medicines Handbook – Contributing Author May 1998

Endometriosis and Other Pelvic Pain – First Ed ISBN 0 7344 0825 0 2005

Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain – Second Ed 2010. Most recently updated 2014

Integrative Medical Textbook, ed Prof Kerryn Phelps. Contributing author 2010

Guide to Pain management in the low resource setting. Contributing author. 2009. IASP

 

Working out the right practitioner for you

We apologise that Dr Evans is not currently seeing patients.

We appreciate that this is difficult for girls and women with pain and recommend that you consider seeing one of the other practitioners at Pelvic Pain SA during this time. These practitioners are highly experienced and well able to manage most types of pelvic pain. Should there be a particular procedure you require that they are unable to provide, they can arrange this for you with Dr Evans.

  • If you are a teenager or young woman (under 25) with pelvic pain, an appointment with Dr Clare Fairweather (GP) or Dr Chelsea Guymer is recommended.  No referral is required.  Dr Guymer and Dr Fairweather are experienced in all aspects of pelvic pain management apart from surgery. They are well able to assist you in considering whether or not surgery is required for your pain condition.
  • If you suffer vulval pain or irritation, or have hormonal issues you wish to discuss, Dr Tonia Mezzini, Sexual Health Physician, can care for your needs and is more experienced than Dr Evans in this area.
  • If you wish to discuss Endometriosis and Fertility, Dr Victoria Nisenblat is particularly experienced in this area. A referral to Dr Nisenblat is required.
  • If you wish to consider a laparoscopy, we suggest that your GP consider a referral to Dr Preetam Ganu, whose rooms are at Flinders Private Hospital, Bedford Park.
  • If you have pain with exercise, movement, bowel actions, your bladder or intercourse, then an appointment with Pelvic Physiotherapists Dr Patricia Neumann, Ms Felicity Langley or Ms Sonia Scharfbillig is recommended. It is common for Dr Evans to recommend pelvic physiotherapy as part of pelvic pain management programs. If you have pain on most days then it often pelvic physio to downtrain muscles that makes the most difference to your pain.
  • For women with an irritable bowel, a careful assessment of your diet is available with Dr Amelia Pilichiewicz. Many women find food intolerances affect their pain. However, once certain foods have been excluded it is also important to trial foods again, with the help of a dietitian so that your diet can be as healthy and unrestricted as possible.
  • Your own doctor may be able to help you manage your pain, using the Health Practitioner information available free at the Pelvic Pain Foundation – www.pelvicpain.org.au. Look under ‘Information’, then ‘Information for Health Practitioners’ then ‘Resources for women’. These resources include a questionnaire for you to fill in before seeing your doctor, some pre-reading, articles for your doctor on how to manage pelvic pain, and videos explaining this further.

Remember: The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia www.pelvicpain.org.au has the most up to date information for you. 

Dr Evans’ training and surgical experience

Dr Evans studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania, and completed her specialist training in Adelaide in 1996. She was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2010.

Dr Evans has performed around 100 laparoscopies per year over the 20 years she has been in practice. She is actively involved in regular continuing education to ensure that the treatment options she recommends are up to date and most appropriate to women’s needs. All surgery has risks associated with it, so it is important to consider non-surgical options for pain management, especially if you have already had laparoscopic surgery in the past, yet still have pain.

Dr Evans current positions:

  • Fellow Royal Australia New Zealand College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)
  • Fellow Australia New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Robinson Research Institute
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Member of the New Zealand Endometriosis Special Interest Group (ESIG)
  • Director Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia
  • PhD Research Candidate, University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Prizes:

  • Surgery Prize – Final year medicine 1984
  • Schering Registrar Prize for research 1988 and 1992
  • AGES Travelling Fellowship to USA 1995
  • Dr Russell Cole Memorial Research Award 2014

Dr Evans is involved in teaching across a wide variety of audiences from gynaecologists to the general public both in Australia and overseas. She is also involved in a variety of research projects in the area of pelvic pain.