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Okay. So you're thinking about that hysterectomy the doc insists is the only solution to your uterine fibroids. But, when you mention it to your friends and family they start asking you all kinds of questions that you don't have the answers to. Questions like:

The questions are endless. It almost seems that OTHER people have more questions of you (and the doctor) than YOU even thought to think of and you're beginning to wonder just which layer of the ozone your brain has been floating in!

Women you know start throwing acronyms at you. . .better find out what your FSH is before the procedure so you can better gauge your HRT afterwards. . .by the way, are you having a LH, LAH, LAVH, TAH, or TAH/BSO?

Welcome. You've just joined The Club. All women who've been given the "you need a hysterectomy" statement by their doctor will know EXACTLY what I mean--and you will too before much longer. We're an elite group of women that number in the millions and we know that most women don't even think about us or the possibility of hysterectomy. Until, that is, they too receive the "hysterectomy indicated" statement from their doctor. We're a generous lot of women who open our arms wide when we know there's another woman stumbling through our doorway. We want to help you the best way we can with whatever collective experiences we can share. And, right now, our collective experiences tell us that if you are a woman suffering from ONLY uterine fibroids, you may very well NOT need a hysterectomy. Please turn around, go back through that door, and talk to your doctor some more. You need more answers. You need to be asking the questions that could, very well, allow you to keep your uterus and your ovaries intact.

If you find that you truly DO need a hysterectomy or you simply choose--for whatever personal reason--to go ahead with the hysterectomy, the links below will help you find information that may answer some of your medical questions about the procedure your doctor will perform. I also strongly encourage you to join one of the many support groups that are available. They can prove instrumental in helping you through your hysterectomy as many women who have lived through exactly what you're about to go through are on those support lists waiting with open arms to help you. Join before you have the procedure, if you can, because the support you need begins now. To get you started, here are the answers to some of those acronyms you've been wondering about:

Site Name/Author
What You'll Find
Vesalius Transabdominal hysterectomy. Complete step-by-step photographic discussion of the surgical procedure.
Bernstein S, Fiske M, McGlynn E, Gifford D.
Santa Monica, CA: RAND; 1997. Publication MR-592/2-AHCPR.

Hysterectomy: A review of the literature on indications, effectiveness, and risks.
For a comprehensive review of potential impact of hysterectomy on your life, this is the publication to read.
Bernstein S
Santa Monica, CA: RAND; 1997. Publication MR-592/3-AHCPR.
Hysterectomy: Ratings of Appropriateness.

This article is no longer available online. Contact OBG Management for more information on how to obtain a copy.

OBG Management Cutting the Legal Risks of Hysterectomy. Includes information on the following:
• A model hysterectomy consent form
• Informing the family of an inter-operative complication
• How the Physician Insurers Association of America and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners assess the severity of injuries
• How plaintiff's attorneys size up a hysterectomy case
• Obtaining consent that will stand up in court
Raymond T. Quatro, MD, PSC

Hysterectomy in the United States: Indications, Historical Perspectives, Surgical Advances and Alternatives

Excellent discussion of surgical techniques involved in the various forms of hysterectomy.
Dr. Susan Love SusanLoveMD "Live Chat" Archives March 19, 2000. Dr. Susan Love and special guest Dr. Marcie Richardson, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Copley Center, Harvard Vanguard Associates, Boston. Topic:"Hysterectomy"
unidentified Diary of a Woman. Follow the history of one woman who underwent Total Vaginal Hysterectomy as she details the events from June through October of 1999.
P.F.Vietz, M.D. Westminster, MD 21157 (USA) Hysterectomy - Historical Perspective
Päivi Härkki-Sirén
University of Helsinki, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jorvi Hospital.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Outcome and complications in Finland.
Academic Dissertation, November 1999.

Excellent review of historical events in hysterectomy surgery and interesting discussion (around page 60 in the .pdf file) of laparoscopic learning curve of surgeons and procedural complications from laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Victoria Base-Smith, MSN, CRNA, CCRN
Perspectives, Recovery Strategies from the OR to Home
Anesthetic Management: Hysterectomy
Continuing Education for Nursing
New York State Department of Health Basic information about hysterectomies: the benefits, risks and alternatives.
Unknown Surgical Menopause. A personal story and a link to SugiPause -- a list group for women who've had their ovaries removed.
University Of Teesside Department Of Academic Gynaecological Surgery
South Cleveland Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, UK, TS4 3BW
Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy. Excellent pictures/short definitions.
Center for Disease Control Fact sheet: Hysterectomy in the United States, 1980 -- 1993. Opening page contains overview of statistics. Read the full 106 page report to truly decide whether you want to or need to join the CDC's statistical pool for hysterectomies. HERS Foundation The HERS Foundation is an independent non-profit national and international women's health education organization providing information about hysterectomy, its adverse effects and alternative treatments. This organization focuses on convincing women to not undergo hysterectomy and offers support for those who already have undergone hysterectomy. For uterine fibroids, HERS has a strong interest in referring women to physicians who perform myomectomies.
The Hysterectomy Association Support and information to women who have had or will be having a hysterectomy in the UK.
hystasm.html Hysterectomy -- Women's experiences. Informed Consent: California State Codes: Health and Safety Code Section 1690-1691 The American Urogynecologic Society The American Urogynecologic Society, founded in 1979, is dedicated to research and education in urogynecology and to improved care for women with lower urinary tract disorders (which, unfortunately, are oftentimes the result of hysterectomy).
J. Glenn Bradley, M.D., "The Pain-Less" Hysterectomy: Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Thomas L. Lyons, M.D., Center for Women's Care and Reproductive Surgery Inventor of Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
Women's Health
Reasons for hysterectomy
Dr. Linda Newall
The Hysterectomy Association (UK)
What is a hysterectomy? Sans Uteri Hysterectomy Forum
Beth Tiner
Findings: The Women's Healthcare Advocacy Service
Open communication between hysterectomized women and women considering surgery in an effort to ensure careful and wise decision-making about consenting to the removal of reproductive organs.
Lenore Howe
The Wellness Web
The Uterus vs. Hysterectomy
Allegheny University of the Health Sciences About LAVH
Carl F. Giesler, M.D.

"The Texas Approach" To Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

More procedural detail than you ever thought you would want to know! This man enjoys his work...
UPMC Health System Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy Hyster Sisters
Kathy Kelley

Through the Land of Hyster
Hysterectomy Recovery Stories

Although this is a support group of tremendous positive magnitude for women who have undergone hysterectomy and the website has wonderful information to share with women undergoing hysterectomy and recovering from hysterectomy surgery, somewhere along the way it also became a site that seemingly promotes hysterectomy.

No woman should feel guilty about choosing hysterectomy as the appropriate treatment option for her...we all do what we need to do to take care of our medical situation and the choices we make are not easy ones. Even so, I get a little uneasy at the concept of promoting hysterectomy -- something this website and the women posting there do seem to be doing.
"Suney" Suney's Happy Hysterectomy Page. Suney relates her positive experiences with her own hysterectomy.

Suney had a hysterectomy for treatment of a prolapsed uterus -- not uterine fibroids. Center for Women's Care and Reproductive Surgery
Thomas L. Lyons, MD
Atlanta, Georgia
Frequently Asked Questions
Women's Health Watch
New Zealand
Factsheet, Women's Stories, Sub-total vs. Total
Heather Guidone The Encounter: How to get Your Doctor to Listen. Although this link discusses how to communicate with your doctor for obtaining a proper diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis, it actually has some fairly sound advice that can be applied in all circumstances of potential surgery due to reproductive disease.

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