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Hysterectomy Resources for Anchorage, AK
If you are looking for specific information about hysterectomy in Anchorage, AK, this page will provide added resources for your quest. Read on for specific local information about hysterectomy, surgery options, doctors, hospitals, patient testimonies and more from HysterSisters.com members.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, otherwise known as the womb. Rarely is a hysterectomy an emergency surgery. There is usually considerable time to research and explore options for discussions with your personal surgeon.
Read more about hysterectomy.
Most importantly, if you have been told you need a hysterectomy and you have explored the alternative treatments for your diagnosis, there is important information you need to know.
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Hospitals in or near Anchorage, AK - Find Hospitals in other Locations
|Providence Alaska Medical Center
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage AK 99508
|Alaska Regional Hospital
2801 DeBarr Rd
Anchorage AK 99508
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Articles
Your first decision - What type of hysterectomy is best for you?
Different types of hysterectomy are tailored to a specific set of health needs and surgeon skills. With today's advancing technology and experienced surgeons, most women are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery typically allows for faster recovery and fewer complications. Vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, and robotic hysterectomy are examples of minimally invasive hysterectomy options.
Ask your surgeon: Am I a candidate for minimally invasive hysterectomy? If the answer is no, ask "Why not?". Seek a second opinion of a specialized GYN surgeon for additional surgery options.
Read more about the different hysterectomy types:
da Vinci¨ Hysterectomy
Open Incision - Abdominal Hysterectomy
| ||John Dewey ERKMANN MD.|
Suggestion by Kellie D :
"John Erkmann delivered my son four years ago. I was high risk and wanted to try for a natural birth. The labor went great until it went bad. I am someone who hates nurses condescending to me and telli...(Read More)
| ||Ruth Elaine HIGDON MD.|
Suggestion by Lindsey W :
"She is wonderful! No nonsense. She tells you straight but will never try to talk you into something you don't need to do. I was sent to Dr. Higdon for a radical hysterectomy after being diagnose...(Read More)
| ||Allison Taylor GIBBS MD.|
Suggestion by AK Hyster Sister :
"Dr. Gibbs was WONDERFUL! She was very kind and I believe that she did a superb job with my surgery. Even though we were concerned that I might not be able to get a bikini cut due to the size of my t...(Read More)
| ||Carolyn Rhene MERKOURIS MD.|
Suggestion by Ramona :
"Dr. Rhene is great! She has an awsome sense of humor and really listens to you. She is by far the best Dr. I ever had. She will not just do a procedure for the sake of doing it. She really tries her b...(Read More)
| ||Donna Lyn CHESTER MD.|
Suggestion by Rhonda :
"I have yet to find another doctor who is as compassion and caring as Dr. Chester nor as dedicated or friendly to her patients. She is very encouraging even when she has to deliver bad news she is ea...(Read More)
| ||Owen Ramsey BELL MD.|
Suggestion by AlaskaNurse :
"Dr. Bell is a very professional physician with a friendly and caring office staff. He took adequate of time to explain my plan of care not only to me in medical terms but also to my layman husband i...(Read More)
| ||Wynd COUNTS MD.|
Suggestion by North_Star :
"Dr. Counts has delivered all of my children and now has done my TAH. She's been my doctor for over 12 years now and still treats me like a new patient. By that I mean that extra caring the extra time...(Read More)
| ||Mark E RICHEY MD.|
Suggestion by Maureen Tyskiewicz :
"Dr. Richey and his staff have always been very professional comforting experienced trustworthy highly educated and have a great manner with their patients. Dr. Richey has seen me through my miscar...(Read More)
HysterSisters Recommends Get a Second Opinion
Get a Second Opinion - ALWAYS!
HysterSisters recommends that you get more than one opinion when your doctor suggests a hysterectomy. You may have a trustful long-standing history with your doctor and feel horrified that we suggest such a thing! This isn't a slap in the face for your personal physician but a smart thing for every patient to do.
Set up an appointment with a different surgeon in a different practice and even perhaps in a different town. Take your records with you but also ask for an exam. Ask if the first recommendation is appropriate. Ask for alternative suggestions.
Get a third opinion. You might find the third suggests an even less invasive solution or an alternative treatment to completely avoid surgery.
The key is for you, the patient, to get all the information you can before you agree to surgery. You cannot change your mind once the surgery is done. There are no money back guarantees if the surgery is not the cure for your problem. Be smart. Do your homework.
Read more about getting a second opinion: Give Me A Second.
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