Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options

by Edward E. Wallach
     
 

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Hysterectomy is the second most common major surgical procedure performed on womenin the United States. Because of new nonsurgical treatments and the rising opposition to the procedure from women's and patients' groups, hysterectomies are performed less frequently than in the past, but many disorders of the uterus fibroid tumors, uterine and cervical cancer, pelvic

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Hysterectomy is the second most common major surgical procedure performed on womenin the United States. Because of new nonsurgical treatments and the rising opposition to the procedure from women's and patients' groups, 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, experienced gynecologists Edward Wallach and Esther Eisenberg provide complete and up-to-date information about every aspect of the procedure. Written with compassion for all women, this indispensable guide explains the anatomy of the uterus, describes the symptoms of gynecological disorders that may require hysterectomy, discusses the full range of diagnostic tests and treatments, provides details of the surgery itself and postoperative recovery, includes details about other approaches to treatment, and examines long-term consequences involving sexual and reproductive issues as well as hormone replacement therapy. Also included are useful advice about how to talk with your doctor and case studies illustrating the real-life experiences of a variety of women. 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. 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 very readable. There is no comparable book available to the public." Wanda Ronner, M.D., Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

AUTHOR BIO: Edward E. Wallach, M.D., is the J. Donald Woodruff Professor of Gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Esther Eisenberg, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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.

Examiner.com - Robin Wulffson
If you are confronted with hysterectomy and wish to be proactive in the decision-making process, this book is an invaluable reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801876233
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/12/2003
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,313,865
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Wanda Ronner

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options is 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 very readable. There is no comparable book available to the public.

Wanda Ronner, M.D., Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

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.

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