Hysterectomy Hoax: The Truth about Why Many Hysterectomies Are Unnecessary and How to Avoid Them

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More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States. Only 10% of them are necessary, argues Dr. Stanley West, a leading New York physician and surgeon and the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. West explains why hysterectomies are often the surgeon's recommended choice and provides the information necessary for women to make informed decisions regarding their options. In The Hysterectomy Hoax, Dr. West ...

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More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States. Only 10% of them are necessary, argues Dr. Stanley West, a leading New York physician and surgeon and the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. West explains why hysterectomies are often the surgeon's recommended choice and provides the information necessary for women to make informed decisions regarding their options. In The Hysterectomy Hoax, Dr. West takes a firm stand against the surgery except in cases where a woman has cancer. In fact, he persuasively argues that the surgery can do more harm than good and presents unnecessary risks, except in those situations involving a life-threatening illness. In almost every other case, there is an alternative treatment or surgery that avoids hysterectomy. Dr. West minces no words in his criticism of his colleagues for taking the "easy way out" by performing hysterectomies as a panacea for a wide range of conditions, from PMS to uterine fibroids and endometriosis. He further explains how insurance companies contribute to the high rate of hysterectomy in the U.S. But more importantly, the author empowers women to take control of their health care by explaining how their bodies work and providing the questions they should ask their doctors before agreeing to this surgery. He believes that a "well-informed" woman, who has an understanding of her body, is at an enormous advantage. While thousands of hysterectomies are performed each year, 90 percent of them are unwarranted. This vital health guide offers women the information they need to empower themselves in making critical health decisions. For example, surgery can often do more harm than good and may pose needless risks, except in situations involving a life-threatening illness such as cancer. However, surgeons often rely on hysterectomies as a panacea for everything from pre-menstrual

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“Offers a powerful critique of the standard medical practices of performing hysterectomies as a panacea.”  —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970090812
  • Publisher: Next Decade, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley West, MD, is the chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. He lives in Bedford, New York. Paula Dranov is the coauthor of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds and the author of Estrogen: Is It Right for You?

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