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Having Hysterectomy at a Teaching Facility: Pros and Cons

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Having hysterectomy at teaching hospital I am planning to have my hysterectomy at a teaching hospital. What should I know about having surgery at this type of facility?


A teaching facility provides care for patients while also allowing for practical education and training for doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. A teaching hospital is usually associated with a university or medical school. Teaching hospitals in the United States can be among the nation’s most innovative and technically advanced. Many also emphasize research and experimental treatments which can allow them to be leaders in specialized areas and critical care.

There are pros and cons with having surgery at any facility, but there are some unique ones involved with utilizing the services of a teaching hospital.

Pros
  • Innovative and up-to-date technology can allow for some of the newest and latest treatment options.
  • Having multiple doctors, residents, and interns involved in your care can insure that all of the bases are thoroughly covered.
  • Students and residents may question the senior/attending physician about why specific tests and procedures are being recommended, thus allowing all of you to fully understand the necessity of each procedure.
  • Newer doctors and students may also have learned more recent information and techniques which can be valuable for your care.

Cons
  • Patient can include extra time and exams because of the multiple persons involved in your care.
  • Less experienced physicians may be taking part in your surgery though they will be supervised by a senior physician.
When utilizing a teaching facility, you are helping advance medical education. By choosing this type of facility and signing consent forms for a hysterectomy, you are consenting to allow students, interns, residents, etc. to participate fully in your care which can include pelvic exams, assisting with or performing portions of the surgery, and observing others as they perform exams or procedures for you, all under the guidance and supervision of the attending/senior surgeon who protects the patient and maintains a presence in the teaching environment at all times.

The attending physicians are the best of the best with extensive knowledge and skills in their area of practice. They have been selected by the facility as leaders in their field and are passionate about training other doctors.

If you are concerned about having interns/student doctors participating in your medical care along with your surgeon, choose instead a doctor who is not associated with a teaching hospital. Understand the pros and cons of your choices when it comes to choosing a surgeon.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-27-2012 - 02:36 PM


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