With over 600,000 women having hysterectomies in the US every year, they are one of the most commonly performed surgeries.
Did you have a hysterectomy or have you been told you need on? If so, do you know why you should have this surgery and if there are any alternatives to try before having surgical intervention?
At times I have been amazed at how many women had a hysterectomy yet were never told why they had to have the surgery, or why it wasn’t fully explained to them. Turns out, that some of these hysterectomies were not and are not necessary… Actually, 1 in 5 is estimated to be unnecessary surgeries altogether.
I’m also amazed at how easily organs (particularly female organs) seem to get just – removed… because seemingly we don’t need them anymore. But low and behold, our bodies are much more complex than that! All organs have a function and a purpose, no matter how old we are.
But anyway, don’t just take my word for it, take a look below and read for yourself.
“Medical News Today: Almost 1 in 5 hysterectomies are ‘unnecessary,’ study finds. More than 18% of women in the US who undergo a hysterectomy may not need to, a study finds, while …”
And one of the many books published on the topic argues that in fact, most hysterectomies are unnecessary! It’s titled “The Hysterectomy Hoax” and you can find more details here.
“Hysterectomy — the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus, and sometimes ovaries and cervix — might be the most common gynecological surgery in the U.S. today. (Some researchers say caesarian-section birth is No. 1.) …”
Now, this is not to say that all hysterectomies are not needed and unnecessary. There certainly are many cases where the surgery is absolutely necessary and totally appropriate.
However, as you have seen, some of the surgeries are not needed. So be sure to ask questions as to the why, the what and the how. Know beforehand why you will have any procedure or surgery and do find out what your alternatives are. Take care of yourself!
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