Use vs Abuse of Hysterectomy: Hysteria vs Realism
There are a number of topics on my blog (male infant circumcision, patient modesty as two examples), in which my visitor’s views and by implication that of others are expressed regarding patient autonomy, patient rights and what seems apparent to them the lack of interest by medical practitioners to answer all their concerns and attempt to try and meet the requests. In addition, the doctors, they feel, are attending to them with a different agenda than their own.
For this thread, I have selected another topic which is high on the concern of many patients: hysterectomy, the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus. There is an activist group which is attempting to educate women about hysterectomy. The group is called the HERS Foundation and described on their website as ”... an independent non-profit international women's health education organization. It provides full, accurate information about hysterectomy, its adverse effects and alternative treatments. “
A blog which supports the goals of HERS is hysterectomyinformation.blogspot.com and the January 1 2008 posting which critically analyzed the information provided about hysterectomy by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was particularly interesting.
I would encourage my visitors to go to the above links and read the views and information. The question is whether in surgical practice, there is generally insufficient information given to women regarding the need and outcomes or consequences of hysterectomies and whether too many unnecessary hysterectomies are performed suggesting actual abuse of this operation and perhaps suggesting that surgeons have a different agenda than that of the patient. What do you think? ..Maurice.
ADDENDUM 9-21-2008: GRAPHIC- Photograph taken by me today of a statue titled "Will Never Forget" located at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, California.
When I saw the statue, it appeared to me to represent much of what is written in the Comment section of this thread, the need for a woman to hold onto her womb and her sexuality and never forgetting what a loss of this may mean to her. If you read something different into the photograph, please write to us about it. ..Maurice.
AS OF JANUARY 27 2009 THIS THREAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL COMMENTS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WRITE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS HERE. PLEASE GO TO "USE VS ABUSE OF HYSTERECTOMY: SECTION 2" TO CONTINUE COMMENTS. ..Maurice.