More women in the United States undergo hysterectomies than in any other country. All women who have had or are planning to have this surgery need a readable and sympathetic guide to explain what is involved in a hysterectomy and what can be done instead of surgery. This book provides that guidance. Based on new research findings, the second edition of this widely read and extremely popular book dispels myths about the surgery, describes what women can expect if they undergo it, and discusses the alternatives. It answers questions about why and when women need to have hysterectomies, who should make the decision, the different types of hysterectomies, and what the dangers are. It addresses sexual and emotional problems that may arise after surgery, explaining, for instance, how the fear that the operation will sexually alter a woman is common yet unfounded.
Wide-ranging, and lucid, Hysterectomy: Advances and New Options closes with a useful section answering questions that are often asked before, during or after treatment. After reading this accessible and sensitive book, women will be equipped to make informed decisions about the operation and its alternatives.