What do women need to know about hysterectomy?
Hysterectomies have been used to treat such conditions as cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
Today, women need to be aware of exciting new technologies that offer alternatives to hysterectomy, including medications, laser surgery and less invasive procedures that can halt bleeding and reduce or remove endometriosis and fibroids.
The alternative not only preserves the uterus, which is important for women of childbearing age, they also substantially reduce hospital stays and recovery time.
An estimated 16 percent of all hysterectomies are performed inappropriately. So it's especially important for women to talk with their doctor about appropriate alternatives to hysterectomy.
(Source of data: www.obgyn.net)
About the Author:
Pamela Graber, M.D., is board certified in both emergency medicine and public health with a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (previously Marquette) and a master's in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Based in Lexington, Ky., she is medical director for Anthem's Healthy Woman, a program of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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