Do You Really Need Surgery?: A Sensible Guide to Hysterectomy and Other Procedures for Women

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At last, here is a user-friendly guide to gynecologic surgery. The authors' guiding principle is that each woman for whom any kind of surgery is recommended should be well informed about the indications, the risks, and the expected results.

Using anecdotes drawn from a combined fifty years of experience, doctors Moore and de Costa provide clear and accurate information about women's anatomy, physiology, common gynecological ailments, diagnosis, alternative treatments, and, ...

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Overview

At last, here is a user-friendly guide to gynecologic surgery. The authors' guiding principle is that each woman for whom any kind of surgery is recommended should be well informed about the indications, the risks, and the expected results.

Using anecdotes drawn from a combined fifty years of experience, doctors Moore and de Costa provide clear and accurate information about women's anatomy, physiology, common gynecological ailments, diagnosis, alternative treatments, and, finally, full details about surgery itself. Among the surgeries discussed are removal of the uterus (hysterectomy), removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), and removal of fibroids. The various ways of performing these procedures are examined, including minimally invasive surgery done through the laparoscope.

The authors also help the patient through the post-operative phase, revealing what to expect, how to make the recovery easier, and how to take care of yourself after the surgery. The result is a book that empowers women as they weigh their options with regard to gynecologic surgery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533933
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,313,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
1 Your Anatomy - Where Things Are 1
2 Your Physiology - How Things Work 6
3 What Goes Wrong (1) - Some Common Gynecologic Diseases and Problems 11
4 What Goes Wrong (2) - Gynecologic Cancers and Precancer 30
5 Reaching a Diagnosis - What to Expect 47
6 Nonsurgical Treatment of Gynecologic Problems 59
7 Surgical Treatment - Traditional, or Open, Procedures 75
8 Traditional Hysterectomy - What to Expect 83
9 The Risks of Traditional Surgery 94
10 After the Surgery 99
11 Other Gynecologic Surgery and Treatments 106
12 Laparoscopic Surgery - How It's Done and Why 115
13 The Risks of Laparoscopy 135
14 Laparoscopic Surgery - How Will You Feel? 144
15 Choices and Medical Resources 148
16 Other Endoscopic Surgery 151
17 Tips to Help Make a Sensible Decision 157
Quick Guide to Terms Used in This Book 161
Additional Resources 165
Index 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    really useful information for women faced with gyn surgeries

    I found this book searching your website and it has been really helful in terms of assessing the surgery I'm facing for my mother who has a tumor but isn' able to make decisions for herself any longer. It doesnt rush you one way or other just provides the facts. I like the stories about different women the writers who are doctors use. I think it would be useful for any women thinking about gyn surgeries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    empowering women to make their own gynecologic surgery decisions

    Five stars for Michele C. Moore and Caroline M. De Costa's Do You Really Need Surgery? A Sensible Guide to Hysterectomy and Other Procedures for Women. Physicians Moore and De Costa write clearly, humorfully, and usefully about women's options for gynecological surgery¿remembering that hysterectomy used to be the most often performed unnecessary surgery, they offer numerous choices, always emphasizing the need for the empowered patient's choice. 'Remember, you are the person having the surgery, not them [doctors] ' Michele and Caroline write, using their first names with pseudonyms for their patients. They offer personal narratives about their patients, some of whom have opted for surgery¿most notably hysterectomy¿and some of whom have not. They consider the options of alternative medicine as well as mainstream Western approaches. Michele and Caroline detail not only success stories, but also they offer clear explanations of the risks and consequences of gynecologic surgery. This book is written in clear colloquial language. People pee, for example, as well as urinate. Some possible bad consequences, often temporary, are concisely described with 'Yuck.' The technical details are there, clearly presented using as little jargon as possible. I have friends facing some of the conditions Michele and Caroline analyze, and I will give them a copy of this book enthusiastically. Particularly wonderful sections are those on what to expect after the surgery that squarely face women's sexual fears and realities that follow many hysterectomies¿Moore quotes one of her patient's delighted analysis: 'Hysterectomy takes away the baby carrier and leaves the playpen.' The concluding section¿tips to make a sensible decision¿is brilliant. Though I hope to be lucky enough to avoid having the complications that would make in-depth study of this book necessary, if they arose, I also hope I would be able to consult these two wise women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    this was great

    this was a really helpful book, i was so scared before my hysterectomy, and it helped calm me down a lot.

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