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10 Surprising Facts About Hysterectomy

Posted On Date 07-28-2014 - 06:47 AM

Over 500,000 women in the United States have a hysterectomy each year, but there is still a lot that people do not know about the operation. Even women having the surgery sometimes come out of it to find that it was not what they thought it was. Do you know how many organs are removed during a hysterectomy? Do you know why women have a hysterectomy? Get your surprised face ready—here are ten surprising facts that you may not know about hysterectomy:
Surprising Facts about hysterectomy

1. Hysterectomy is the second-most common surgery performed on reproductive-age women.


The only surgery performed more frequently is cesarean section. 1 in 3 women in the United States will have a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Over 22 million women have had a hysterectomy. According to ACOG, there are about 500,000 inpatient hyster ... [Read More]


Report: Impact of Different Hysterectomy Methods and Patient Satisfaction

Posted On Date 07-26-2014 - 07:38 AM

A study conducted using HysterSisters members was recently published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research (i-JMR) and reveals that women who had a da Vinci robotic-assisted hysterectomy reported greater satisfaction than women whose surgeons used other approaches, including open, vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies. The study found that women's satisfaction with hysterectomy surgery has generally improved over time, and that women who had da Vinci Hysterectomy reported the greatest overall satisfaction and willingness to recommend and choose the same type of surgery again.

"Previous research shows that compared with open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery, can lower health care spending and reduce work absenteeism," said study lead author Michael Pitter, M.D., Chief of Minimally Invasive and Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. "Results from our survey reinforce the importance of patient satisfaction an ... [Read More]


New Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment Available Across the Country

Posted On Date 07-23-2014 - 06:34 PM

For women seeking a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy, laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (AcessaTM) may be a good treatment option.

What is radiofrequency ablation (AcessaTM) of Fibroids?

Radiofrequency ablation (AcessaTM) of fibroids uses heat to destroy the fibroid tissue. Radiofrequency ablation (AcessaTM) is performed during a laparoscopic surgery. A small ¼ inch incision is made in the belly button. A thin lighted telescope is placed through this incision to visualize the uterus and surrounding organs. A ½ inch incision is made in the skin overlying the uterus. A special ultrasound probe that works inside the body is placed on the uterus to clearly see the fibroids. A needle-like device is inserted into the fibroid. Once the needle is in the middle of the fibroid, the energy is activated and heat is delivered directly to the fibroid until the entire fibroid is destroyed. The treated fibroid shrinks in size by ~ 40% within 3 months after treatment.

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New HysterSisters Button - for You

Posted On Date 07-08-2014 - 01:19 PM

If you have a website or blog, we have a new HysterSisters button for you to use. Simply copy/paste the code in the box below and add it to your HTML code in your website or blog. It is a great way to share your favorite women's website with your website visitors.

You can also find the button and the useable code in the right column (if you are on your desktop or laptop) or at the bottom of the HysterSisters website pages if you are on your smart phone. Add it to your website today!


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Petition - Right to Choose Fibroid Treatment

Posted On Date 07-07-2014 - 01:04 PM

To make your voice heard, please consider signing these petitions to make sure the FDA knows we do not want tools to be banned but rather, for each patient to be informed of the risks, and the patient, with partnership with her doctor, make decisions for her health.

This week the FDA will be hearing arguments for banning certain tools used in fibroid treatments. Read more about the FDA hearing here: FDA Hearing - Morcellation.

Don't ban a woman's right to choose her fibroid treatment.

Informed Consent - you have the right to know ... [Read More]


HysterSisters Checking-In July 2014

Posted On Date 07-01-2014 - 07:33 PM

Our newsletter features help for your Menopause Merry-go-round with information and resources for unusual menopause symptoms: insomnia, vertigo, bowel changes, hair loss and more.

HysterSisters Checking-in - July - Your Menopause Merry-Go-Round ... [Read More]


HysterSisters on KTXD TV - The Broadcast

Posted On Date 06-23-2014 - 01:08 PM

June 20, 2014, Kathy Kelley, founder of HysterSisters.com was interviewed on the Broadcast KTXD TV, Dallas Texas by Lisa Pineiro. Discussing hysterectomy - definitions, numbers, biggest needs and the support and information available on HysterSisters.com.

Thanks for inviting us, KTXD!

View the video clip here: HysterSisters on KTXD TV - The Broadcast. ... [Read More]


FDA Schedules Hearing for Morcellation Safety

Posted On Date 06-11-2014 - 01:38 PM

On July 10 and 11, 2014, the FDA committee will discuss the safety of laparoscopic power morcellator devices as it pertains to their potential to disseminate and upstage a confined, but undetected (occult) uterine malignancy during laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy. FDA is convening this committee to seek expert scientific and clinical opinion on the risks and benefits of these types of devices when used for these procedures, based on available scientific data. The committee will make recommendations regarding the appropriate use, premarket testing, labeling, and other risk mitigations (including the use of containment bags) for these devices.

If you would like to provide your story to the committee:

Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before June 24, 2014. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled be ... [Read More]



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