June 12, 2004
A hysterectomy is a procedure where a woman’s uterus
is removed surgically. Often, the surgeon removes the ovaries at
the same time, which causes the woman to go through menopause. Fibroids
are one of the most common reasons for this procedure to be done
in the US.
Before agreeing to have a hysterectomy, be informed
about all the risks and benefits of the procedure. It is important
that women take responsibility for their bodies and learn as much
as they can about the surgery. Your physician plays a major role
in helping you preserve your health and well-being, especially in
the case of a hysterectomy. Be sure that you feel comfortable with
your doctor and that you know all about the procedure before you
have surgery. Ask about the emotional and physical risks to you,
how long recovery will take, and how you can expect to feel afterward.
Many women are not prepared for how they will feel
after surgery. In my practice, I have had many patients come for
consultation after a hysterectomy. While many women recover quickly,
some do not. I have had patients who were shocked at how tired and
depressed they felt for months after surgery. Though their surgeons
warned them not to lift heavy items or engage in rigorous physical
activity during the post-operative period, they received no warning
that their quality of life might suffer, that they might feel more
emotional and upset, or that their sexual enjoyment might diminish
after their uterus was removed.
If you are looking to regain your pre-surgical
zest and well-being, you’ve come to the right place. The stress
reduction therapies and nutritional programs found on this Web site
will help you.
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