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Do I Need a Second Opinion for My Hysterectomy?

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Patient asking doctor for second opinion before hysterectomyI was told that I need to have a hysterectomy, and I am very confused. A lot of people are telling me to get more and more opinions before I do this, and I don't know what to do. Should I get another opinion?


HysterSisters recommends that you get more than one opinion when your doctor suggests a hysterectomy. If you have a trustful, long-standing history with your doctor, you may feel horrified that we suggest such a thing! Don't worry, this isn't a slap in the face for your personal physician but a smart thing for every patient to do. A good doctor should not be offended when a patient seeks a second opinion.

Set up an appointment with a different surgeon, in a different practice, and even in a different town if that's more comfortable for you. Take your records with you, but also ask for an exam. Ask if the first recommendation is appropriate. Ask for alternative suggestions.

Many HysterSisters suggestion a third opinion also. Keep exploring other opinions until you are satisfied. A hysterectomy should be your last resort.

Consider these points:
  • Have I tried all the alternative treatments?
  • Are my symptoms so unbearable as to make my life a misery?
  • Will the operation relieve all my symptoms?
  • Will there be any unexpected consequences?
  • Am I prepared for an earlier menopause?
  • Do I still want to have children?
  • What will happen if I decide not to have a hysterectomy?

Even if you determine it is in your best health interest to have a hysterectomy, be sure to explore your options on what kind of hysterectomy options you have (Abdominal? Vaginal? Laparoscopic?).

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. Be informed. Be well!



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.

04-10-2003 - 04:30 PM


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