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Less Pain, Faster W omen today have more choices in life than ever before—including, for many, the procedure their doctors will use if a hysterectomy is needed. No matter how it’s performed, a hysterectomy involves the removal of a woman’s uterus, where a baby grows during pregnancy. A hysterectomy typically is performed to treat problems with the uterus, such as heavy Recovery A look at the new options for women facing a hysterectomy bleeding or uterine fibroids (benign tumors). Cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovaries also may make a hysterectomy necessary. Traditional hysterectomies are performed with abdominal surgery— requiring a large incision—or a vaginal procedure, which can be used only in cases when the uterus is small and no cancer is present. Scott Schultz, M.D., FACOG, and Laynie Braband, R.N., surgery and specialty services nurse manager at Affiliated Community Medical Center Smaller Is Better Many doctors now are trained in the use of laparoscopic techniques. This procedure involves three to five small incisions through which a viewing instrument called a laparoscope is inserted to look inside the abdomen and assist with the surgery. The uterus can be removed wholly through the vagina or in sections through the abdominal incisions. “By using a minimally invasive approach, we think recovery times are shorter,” says Scott Schultz, M.D., FACOG, an Ob-Gyn at Affiliated Community Medical Center (ACMC), Litchfield, and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who arrived in the Litchfield area in October. “Women can usually return to work in two to four weeks after a laparoscopic hysterectomy, compared with six to eight weeks with a traditional procedure.” There also tends to be less bleeding with laparoscopic procedures, as well as less scar tissue. “And having a few, very small incisions is much more reassuring for women who don’t want to be left with the scar from a big abdominal incision,” Schultz says. “The Meeker Memorial surgery staff is happy to welcome Dr. Schultz as part of our active medical staff,” says Laynie Braband, R.N., surgery and specialty services nurse manager. “It’s exciting to expand our surgical services to include Ob-Gyn and to offer this specialty to the community and surrounding areas. We’re looking forward to working with him.” Non-Hysterectomy Options For many women with heavy menstrual bleeding, an outpatient procedure called endometrial ablation can permanently 6 DOWNLOAD a women’s health calendar at womenshealth.gov > “Publications” http://www.womenshealth.gov

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthy Perspectives - Winter 2013

Healthy Perspectives - Winter 2013
Contents
Common Kid Conditions
Options for women facing hysterectomy
Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

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