Increased Hysterectomies Performed

It’s reported that the number of hysterectomies are being performed at an alarming rate.  And what’s worse is that many of them being performed could have been avoided and/or other alternatives could have been sought. 

The thing that grabs me is that the one thing we are forgetting is “research” which plays a major role in determining if whether or not a hysterectomy is the only solution to treating fibroids. 

With me, and let me be clear, I chose the total hysterectomy, even with all of my research, the alternatives available to be me, the risk factor involved, and possible side effects that I could have experienced.  In 2009 I had my total hysterectomy and did not undergo any side effects, did not have to take any hormone replacement medication, and my recovery period was only three weeks.

Of course, no one woman is the same, this is a point I need to re-emphasize.  But at the same time, w he have to understand, too, that if a doctor blatantly tells you that this is your only alternative, you have the right to get as many opinions as possible in order to make the best possible decision.

Hysterectomies should be performed if it is a serious health issues which points back to there being no other alternative.  Although there are many procedures available as modern medical technology continues to advance, it has to be perceived as being the only possible solution, otherwise consult others who are experts in the field and can give you the best possible advice.

Why are hysterectomies on the rise?  One possible conclusion is that women feel they are at the end of their child-bearing years and feel that they are ready to part with their uterus, ready to give up their childbearing rights and they have not thought it through enough to understand what all is involved. 

Another conclusion is that they were not completely consulted with to understand what they are getting themselves into.  Thus hit depression later on feeling that they’ve made a terrible mistake and feel there could have been other alternatives.

Another conclusion, and this is one is alarming, is that it’s a money thing among the doctors performing the surgery/procedure, which the women have not received valid consultation, were not given alternatives, did not do enough research to understand the evasiveness and non-evasiveness of the surgery/procedure, what the risks are, the side effects, and the recovery period.

There is wide discussions as to what can be or is being done to lower the number of hysterectomies being performed in a single year and is it associated with women understanding the various methods available for treating fibroid tumors and understanding that any method of a hysterectomy may not be necessary, and if it is then it may be so non-evasive that they can return to their normal life in just a matter of days.  And you have a lot less women crying about it later, worried that they’ve ruined the rest of their lives.