So You're Having a Hysterectomy / Edition 1

So You're Having a Hysterectomy / Edition 1

by Eric Tyson, Helen Byrt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0968898270

ISBN-13: 9780968898277

Pub. Date: 03/22/2004

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

so you're having a hysterectomy

If you've been informed that you need a hysterectomy, this book is for you. Step by step, test by test, decision by decision, you'll know what to expect andwhat your choices are. Why are you having problems? Do you really need a hysterrectomy? What are the alternatives? Is it best to just "wait and see"? And if you

Overview

so you're having a hysterectomy

If you've been informed that you need a hysterectomy, this book is for you. Step by step, test by test, decision by decision, you'll know what to expect andwhat your choices are. Why are you having problems? Do you really need a hysterrectomy? What are the alternatives? Is it best to just "wait and see"? And if you do decide to go ahead, what type of hysterectomy procedure is right for you? From diagnosis to recovery, So You're Having a Hysterectomy is the ultimate guide for women facing this controversial surgery. Balanced, accurate information, real-life patient stories, and detailed illustrations give you the inside story on each medical procedure, while extensive self-help sections give you the power to find your own personal road to wellness—whatever you decide.

"Been there, done that, does not an expert make. Event though I have had a hysterectomy and am a sex educator/counselor, I still learned a great deal about hysterectomy from this book. Highly recommended reading."

—Sue Hohanson, RN CM, sex educator/counselor and host of the Sunday Night Sex Show

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780968898277
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/22/2004
Edition description:
Canadian
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
0.39(w) x 0.39(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Chapter 1You and Your Uterus1
The facts on your reproductive organs
Their roles in both reproduction and sex
Hormones
How it all works together
What can go wrong
Symptoms
Chapter 2Tests and Investigations30
The basic pelvic exam
Pap smears, ultrasound, colposcopy, D&C, biopsy, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy
What they tell us
Anemia
Chapter 3Is Hysterectomy Right for You?44
How to make your decision
Types of hysterectomy
Pros and cons of hysterectomy and the alternatives
Hysterectomy myths
Chapter 4Getting Ready for Your Hysterectomy63
Time off
Pre-admission tests and procedures
Consent
Planning for a blood transfusion
Questions you could ask
Chapter 5The Day of Your Hysterectomy75
Your hospital checklist
Arrival at the hospital
Medications
Preparations for surgery
Chapter 6The Hysterectomy Procedure83
Step-by-step guide to the procedure
Abdominal, vaginal and laparoscopic routes
General anesthetic
Regional anesthesia
Tests and other investigations
Closing the incision
Chapter 7Alternatives to Hysterectomy100
Doing nothing
Self-help measures
Drug treatments
The facts on D&Cs, uterine fibroid embolization, endometrial ablation, myomectomy, and myolysis
Chapter 8When it's All Over123
What to expect when you wake up
Your recovery in the hospital
Pain management
Wound care
Eating, drinking, going to the bathroom
Leaving the hospital
Chapter 9Recovering at Home137
Medication
Caring for your incisions
Eating
Going to the bathroom
Emergency measures
Work, exercise, driving, flying
Sex
Emotions
Follow-up visits
Chapter 10How You Can Help Yourself152
Healing
Managing menopause
A healthier future
Diet, vitamins, and herbs
Complementary therapies
Breast exams
Kegel exercises
Chapter 11Has my Hysterectomy Worked?173
What to expect right away
The long-term picture
Results for pelvic pain and endometriosis
Post-surgical problems
Chapter 12Hormone Replacement Therapy178
Benefits
Side effects
Skin patches, gels, rings, creams
Who should avoid it
Chapter 13Future Directions in Hysterectomy188
Clinical trials
Trends
Fertility- and nerve-sparing techniques
Future alternatives
Chapter 14Who's Who of Hospital Staff193
Glossary199
Resources203
Your Diary206
Index224

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