Clinical Professor Thierry Vancaillie

Clinical Professor Thierry Vancaillie

Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist

Clinical Professor Thierry Vancaillie is a founding director of WHRIA. He graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium in 1980. He completed his obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) residency training in Bremen, Germany in 1985. He has served on the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Texas since 1985. In 1997 he joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is currently Clinical Professor in Gynaecology of the University of New South Wales and staff specialist at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney.

Thierry played an active role in the development of endometrial ablation techniques and minimally invasive incontinence procedures. He is internationally renowned for his development of principles of surgery and instrumentation in both hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Notably, his work with the physics and application of electrosurgery in both of these surgical approaches has set an international benchmark for surgical standards.

Thierry is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG), as well as a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA).

His main research interests are in advanced surgical and medical technology to improve the care of patients with benign gynaecological conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic and perineal pain, and pelvic floor relaxation.

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Patented Inventions

Topical intra-uterine anaesthesia device and method (US 6423038 B1) 2002

A topical anaesthesia device provides a significant improvement over the efficiency of the conventional intra-uterine anaesthesia devices. The device allows for elimination of intra-uterine debris while instilling the anaesthetic. This increases the efficacy of the applied anaesthetic.

Surgical fluid and tissue loss monitor (US 5944668) 1999

A monitor to provide substantially real-time estimates of fluid absorption rate and tissue loss rate in a patient during a surgical procedure. This allows the surgeon to be informed instantly when fluid overload is occurring.  Fluid overload can lead to serious complications.

Transuterine sterilisation apparatus and method – (US 5095917) 1990

A method and apparatus for sterilization of females using a transuterine technique.

The method of the present invention provides an irreversible method of sterilization which involves destruction of the mucosa followed by insertion of a biodegradable plug. The mucosal destruction provokes an inflammatory reaction and the plug serves as a substrate to guide the healing process toward occlusion instead of recanalization.

Books

Ledger, W, Schlaff, WD, Vancaillie, TG (Eds) Chronic Pelvic Pain.  Cambridge University Press 2014

Vancaillie, TG. Manual of microcolposcopy. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier, 1988

Chapters in books

Abbott J; Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘Control of menorrhagia by electro-desiccation’, in Hysteroscopy, Resectoscopy and Endometrial Ablation, Parthenon Publishing Group, USA/UK, pp. 139 – 148

Abbott J; Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘Hysteroscopic Sterilisation’, in Kossut M (ed.), Plasticity of Adult Barrel Cortex, FP Graham Publishing Co., Mountain Home, Tennessee, pp. 119 – 128

Kadar, N, Garry, R Semm, K Semm, I Vancaillie TG  et alGynecology’ in Arregui, M et al (Eds)Principles of Laparoscopic Surgery: Basic and advanced techniques. Springer, New York. 1995, pp 537-679

Publications in major journals (since 2005)

Armstrong, G. L., & Vancaillie, T. G. 2016. Combined site-specific sacral neuromodulation and pudendal nerve release surgery in a patient with interstitial cystitis and persistent arousal. BMJ case reports, 2016

Vancaillie, T. G. 2015. Pudendal neuralgia: standing up to the problem. Medicine Today, 16(6):71-74, 2015 

Garad, R, Vancaillie, TG, Farrell, E, 2013 Pelvic Pain: A Diagnosis in itself. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol.21(3), p.36-39

Vancaillie, T. G., & Garad, R. (2013). Asherman’s syndrome. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 20(8), 34

Nesbitt-Hawes EM; Won H; Jarvis SK; Lyons SD; Vancaillie TG; Abbott JA, 2013, ‘Improvement in pelvic pain with botulinum toxin type A – Single vs. repeat injections.’,Toxicon, vol. 63, pp. 83 – 87

Vancaillie TG, 2013, ‘ Emerging trends in female permanent contraception’, Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 285 – 294  Vancaillie TG; Garad R, 2013, ‘Asherman’s syndrome.’, Australian Nursing Journal, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 34 – 36

Vancaillie T; Eggermont J; Armstrong G; Jarvis S; Liu J; Beg N, 2012, ‘ Response to Pudendal Nerve Block in Women with Pudendal Neuralgia’, Pain Medicine, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 596 – 603,

Hewitt EA; Armstrong G; Beg N; Katz S; Vancaillie TG, 2012, ‘Lignocaine plasma levels following topical gel application in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures’, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 292 – 296

Vancaillie TG; Harrington DC; Anderson JM, 2011, ‘ Mechanism of action of the Adiana® device: a histologic perspective’, Contraception, vol. 84, no. 3, pp. 299 – 301,

Anderson TL; Vancaillie TG, 2011, ‘ The Adiana System for Permanent Contraception: Safety and Efficacy at 3 Years’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 612 – 616,

Costello MF; Abbott J; Katz S; Vancaillie T; Wilson S, 2010, ‘A prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of multimodal intraoperative analgesia for laparoscopic excision of endometriosis.’, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 436 – 443

Beg N; Vancaillie T; Hewitt A; Eggermont J; Armstrong G, 2010, ‘ Lignocaine gel in minimally invasive surgery – A pilot cohort study’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 382 – 384

Thomson AJ; Abbott JA; Deans R; Kingston A; Vancaillie TG, 2009, ‘The management of intrauterine synechiae.’, Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 335 – 341

Vancaillie TG; Anderson TL; Johns DA, 2008, ‘ A 12-Month Prospective Evaluation of Transcervical Sterilization Using Implantable Polymer Matrices’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 112, no. 6, pp. 1270 – 1277

Thomson AJ; Abbott JA; Kingston A; Lenart M; Vancaillie TG, 2007, ‘Fluoroscopically guided synechiolysis for patients with Asherman’s syndrome: menstrual and fertility outcomes.’ Fertility and Sterility, vol. 87, no. 2, pp. 405 – 410

Abbott JA; Jarvis SK; Lyons SD; Thomson A; Vancaille TG, 2006, ‘Botulinum toxin type A for chronic pain and pelvic floor spasm in women: a randomized controlled trial.’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 915 – 923

Lyons SD; Chew SS; Thomson AJ; Lenart M; Camaris C; Vancaillie TG; Abbott JA, 2006, ‘Clinical and quality-of-life outcomes after fertility-sparing laparoscopic surgery with bowel resection for severe endometriosis.’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 436 – 441

Thomson AJM; Abbott JA; Lenart M; Willison F; Vancaillie TG; Bennett MJ, 2006, ‘ Response’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 169 – 169

Thomson AJ; Abbott JA; Lenart M; Willison F; Vancaillie TG; Bennett MJ, 2005, ‘Assessment of a method to expel intraperitoneal gas after gynecologic laparoscopy.’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 125 – 129,

Jarvis SK; Hallam TK; Lujic S; Abbott JA; Vancaillie TG, 2005, ‘Peri-operative physiotherapy improves outcomes for women undergoing incontinence and or prolapse surgery: results of a randomised controlled trial.’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 300 – 303,

Thomson AJ; Jarvis SK; Lenart M; Abbott JA; Vancaillie TG, 2005, ‘The use of botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX) as treatment for intractable chronic pelvic pain associated with spasm of the levator ani muscles.’, International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 112, no. 2, pp. 247 – 249,

Publications in major journals (before 2005)

Kingston A; Abbott J; Lenart M; Vancaillie T, 2004, ‘Hysteroscopic training: the butternut pumpkin model.’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 256 – 261

Abbott J; Thomson A; Vancaillie T, 2004, ‘SprayGel following surgery for Asherman’s syndrome may improve pregnancy outcome.’ Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 710 – 711,

Jarvis SK; Abbott JA; Lenart MB; Steensma A; Vancaillie TG, 2004, ‘Pilot study of botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain associated with spasm of the levator ani muscles.’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 46 – 50

Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘ MycroMesh Is Not a Suitable Soft Tissue Prosthesis for Repair of the Defective Vaginal Wall’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 424 – 425

Dietz HP; Steensma AB; Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘ Levator function in nulliparous women’, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 24 – 26

Dietz HP; Vancaillie P; Svehla M; Walsh W; Steensma AB; Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘ Mechanical properties of urogynecologic implant materials’, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 239 – 243

Vancaillie TG, 2003, ‘Mycromesh is not a suitable soft tissue prosthesis for repair of the defective vaginal wall’, Journal of AAGL, vol. 10, pp. 424 – 425

Abbott J; Hawe J; Shaltoot N; Hunter D; Vancaillie T; Garry R, 2002, ‘Pelvic pain scores in women without pelvic pathology.’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 414 – 417

Dietz HP; Haylen BT; Vancaillie TG, 2002, ‘Female pelvic organ prolapse and voiding function.’ International urogynecology journal and pelvic floor dysfunction, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 284 – 288

Dietz HP; Clarke B; Vancaillie TG, 2002, ‘ Vaginal childbirth and bladder neck mobility’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 522 – 525

Dietz HP; Jarvis S; Vancaillie TG, 2002, ‘The assessment of levator muscle strnght: A validation of three ultrasound techniques’, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, vol. 13, pp. 156 – 159

Kingston AJ; Broome JD; Vancaillie TG, 2000, ‘ Repetitive stereotactics: an inanimate laboratory technique to improve hand-eye coordination in laparoscopy’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 401 – 408

Corson SL; Brill AI; Brooks PG; Cooper JM; Indman PD; Liu JH; Soderstrom RM; Vancaillie TG, 2000, ‘ One-Year Results of the Vesta System for Endometrial Ablation’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 489 – 497

Broome JD; Lamaro VP; Vancaillie TG, 2000, ‘ Changes in hemostatic mechanisms associated with operative laparoscopy’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 149 – 153

Lamaro VP; Broome JD; Vancaillie TG, 2000, ‘ Unrecognized Bladder Perforation During Operative Laparoscopy’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 417 – 419

Corson SL; Brill AI; Brooks PG; Cooper JM; Indman PD; Liu JH; Soderstrom RM; Vancaillie TG, 1999, ‘ Interim results of the American Vesta trial of endometrial ablation’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 45 – 49

Broome JD; Cerqui AJ; Vancaillie TG; Bennett MJ, 1999, ‘ Laparoscopic hysterectomy and assisted Vecchietti procedure to treat congenital cervical and vaginal atresia’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 297 – 299

Broome J, 1999, ‘ Fluoroscopically guided hysteroscopic division of adhesions in severe Asherman syndrome’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 93, no. 6, pp. 1041 – 1043

Broome JD; Vancaillie TG; Torode H, 1999, ‘ Conservative treatment of interstitial pregnancy’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1 – 4

Indman PD; Brooks PG; Cooper JM; Loffer FD; Valle RF; Vancaillie TG, 1998, ‘ Complications of fluid overload from resectoscopic surgery’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 63 – 67

Vancaillie TG, 1998, ‘ Active electrode monitoring’, Surgical Endoscopy: surgical and interventional techniques, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1009 – 1012

Thomsen S; Ryan T; Kuk-Nagle K; Soto C; Vancaillie TG; Garza-Leal J, 1998, ‘Quantitative and qualitative histopathological comparisons of multielectrode balloon and thermal balloon endometrial “ablation”‘, Proceedings of SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 3249, pp. 115 – 124

Vancaillie TG, 1998, ‘Active electrode monitoring’, Surgical Endoscopy: surgical and interventional techniques, vol. 12, pp. 1009 – 1012

Vancaillie TG, 1997, ‘ The role of laparoscopy in the management of pelvic floor relaxation’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 147 – 148

Vancaillie TG, 1997, ‘Laparoscopic colpo-suspension and pelvic floor repair’, Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 244 – 246

Soderstrom RM; Brooks PG; Corson SL; Dequesne J; Gallinat A; Gerardo^Garza-Leal J; Iglesias-Benavides JL; Indman PD; Liu J; van der Pas H, 1996, ‘ Endometrial ablation using a distensible multielectrode balloon’, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 403 – 407

Saidi MH; Vancaillie TG; White AJ; Sadler RK; Akright BD; Farhart SA, 1996, ‘Complications of major operative laparoscopy: A review of 452 cases’, Journal of Reproductive Medicine: for the obstetrician and gynecologist, vol. 41, no. 7, pp. 471 – 476

Saidi MH; Vancaillie TG; White AJ; Sadler RK; Setzler Jr FD; Akright BD; Farhart SA, 1994, ‘Complications and cost of multipuncture laparoscopy: A review of 264 cases’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 85 – 90

Vancaillie TG, 1994, ”Roller-ball’ endometrial ablation’, References en Gynecologie Obstetrique, vol. 2,, pp. 207 – 211

Vancaillie TG, 1994, ‘Electrosurgery at laparoscopy: Guidelines to avoid complications’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 143 – 150

Schuessler WW; Pharand D; Vancaillie TG, 1993, ‘Laparoscopic standard pelvic node dissection for carcinoma of the prostate: Is it accurate?’, Journal of Urology, vol. 150, no. 3, pp. 898 – 901

Rubenstein SC; Hulbert JC; Pharand D; Schuessler WW; Vancaillie TG; Kavoussi LR, 1993, ‘Laparoscopic ablation of symptomatic renal cysts’, Journal of Urology, vol. 150, no. 4, pp. 1103 – 1106

Kavoussi LR; Schuessler WW; Vancaillie TG; Clayman RV, 1993, ‘Laparoscopic approach to the seminal vesicles’, Journal of Urology, vol. 150, no. 2, pp. 417 – 419

Vancaillie TG; Butler DJ, 1993, ‘Laparoscopic enterocele repair – Description of a new technique’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 211 – 216

Franklin ME; Vancaillie TG; Daniel C, 1992, ‘ Is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Applicable to Patients with Acute Cholecystitis?’, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 159 – 163

Harden M; Vancaillie TG, 1992, ‘Incidental pathology at interval sterilization’, Gynaecological Endoscopy, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 91 – 94

Albala DM; Schuessler WW; Vancaillie TG, 1992, ‘Laparoscopic bladder suspension for the treatment of stress incontinence’, Seminars in Urology, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 222 – 226

Vancaillie, TG; Schuessler, WW, 1991, ‘ Laparoscopic Bladderneck Suspension’, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 169 – 173

Reich H; MacGregor III TS; Vancaillie TG, 1991, ‘CO laser used through the operating channel of laser laparoscopes: In vitro study of power and power density losses’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 40 – 47

Schuessler WW; Vancaillie TG; Reich H; Griffith DP, 1991, ‘Transperitoneal endosurgical lymphadenectomy in patients with localized prostate cancer’, Journal of Urology, vol. 145, no. 5, pp. 988 – 991

Vancaillie TG, 1991, ‘Salpingectomy’, Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 111 – 122

Aaberg RA; Vancaillie TG; Schuessler WW, 1991, ‘Laparoscopic varicocele ligation: A new technique’, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 776 – 777

Schenken RS; Vancaillie TG; Riehl RM; Hill Jr RH; Gilstad D, 1990, ‘New developments in diagnostic techniques.’, Progress in Clinical and Biological Research, vol. 323, pp. 137 – 149

Vancaillie TG; Hill Jr RH; Riehl RM; Gilstad D; Schenken RS, 1989, ‘Laser-induced fluorescence of ectopic endometrium in rabbits’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 74, no. 2, pp. 225 – 230

Vancaillie TG, 1989, ‘Electrocoagulation of the endometrium with the ball-end resectoscope’, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 74, no. 3 I, pp. 425 – 427

Vancaillie TG; Eddy CA; Laufe L, 1989, ‘A new method of transcervical female sterilization: Preliminary results in rabbits’, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 335 – 338

Vancaillie TG; Eddy CA; Schenken RS, 1989, ‘Endosurgical electrocoagulation of the mesovarium as an alternative method of inducing surgical menopause in monkeys’, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 733 – 735

Vancaillie TG, 1989, ‘”Babylon-scopy” or the semantic confusion in gynecologic endoscopy.’ International Journal of Fertility, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 17 – 18

Vancaillie TG, 1988, ‘Microcolposcopy: Technique and basic diagnosis’, The Cervix and the lower female genital tract, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 141 – 151

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