Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options

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Because of new technologies and approaches, hysterectomies are performed less frequently than in the past, but many disorders of the uterus - fibroid tumors, uterine and cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and uterine prolapse - still may require surgical treatment. For some women, the decision to have a hysterectomy is an easy one; for others, it is a difficult choice associated with concerns about risks, discomfort, and female identity.

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Overview

Because of new technologies and approaches, hysterectomies are performed less frequently than in the past, but many disorders of the uterus - fibroid tumors, uterine and cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and uterine prolapse - still may require surgical treatment. For some women, the decision to have a hysterectomy is an easy one; for others, it is a difficult choice associated with concerns about risks, discomfort, and female identity.

In Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options, women will find the information they need to work with their physicians to make informed decisions about their health care.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - John Langone

A valuable reference. Is the drastic operation, which is one of the most contentious medical issues, often performed unnecessarily? Are there alternatives? Is the operation's effect on a woman's emotions and sexuality worth it? The authors, who are specialists in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, offer a balanced view.

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Heather Evans

The book is presented clearly with information that is current, accurate and very readable.

Library Journal
Twenty percent of American women have undergone a hysterectomy, the second most common major surgery performed on females in the United States. Although these numbers are actually declining, owing largely to the availability of less invasive surgical techniques and drug treatments, the procedure is still "here to stay." For this reason, Wallach (gynecology, Johns Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Medicine) and Eisenberg (obstetrics and gynecology, Vanderbilt Univ. Sch. of Medicine) decided to pen this helpful guide to provide the information women need to determine whether a hysterectomy is the best alternative in their specific medical situation. Part 1 reviews the anatomy and physiology of the uterus and related structures, Part 2 discusses the specific conditions that may indicate the need for a hysterectomy, Part 3 addresses the surgery itself, and Part 4 details post-hysterectomy issues. The authors stress two important points: hysterectomy is often performed unnecessarily, and the surgery is almost always done as an elective. This important decision-making tool for women should be included in most consumer health and public library collections.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
New York Times

A valuable reference. Is the drastic operation, which is one of the most contentious medical issues, often performed unnecessarily? Are there alternatives? Is the operation's effect on a woman's emotions and sexuality worth it? The authors, who are specialists in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, offer a balanced view.

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The book is presented clearly with information that is current, accurate, and very readable.

Wanda Ronner

An excellent reference not only for patients but also for nurses, medical assistants, and clerical staff who work in a busy gynecologist's office. The medical information is presented clearly, is current and accurate, and is very readable. There is no comparable book available to the public.

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Meet the Author

Edward E. Wallach, MD, is the University DistinguishedService Professor Emeritus, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Esther Eisenberg, MD, MPH, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Isabel Green, MD, is an assistant professor of gynecology in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Stacey A. Scheib, MD, is an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, the director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and the director of the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Fibroid Center in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:

Preface: Who We Are and Why We Wrote This BookIntroduction: What is Hysterectomy and What Is the Debate? Part I About the Female Reproductive Organs

1. Anatomy of the Uterus

2. Looking at the Uterus: Imaging and Diagnosis Part II What Can Go Wrong?

3. Uterine Fibroids

4. Endometriosis

5. Uterine Prolapse and Related Problems

6. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Pelvic Pain, Infection, and Adhesions

8. Cancer Part III Surgery

9. What You Need to Know to Prepare for a Hysterectomy

10. What Happens in the Hospital

11. What Kind of Hysterectomy Should You Have? Part IV After Hysterectomy

12. Sexual and Reproductive Issues

13. Hormone Replacement Therapy

Johns Hopkins University Press

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