Do You Really Need Surgery? A Sensible Guide to Hysterectomy and Other Procedures for Women

By Michele C. Moore; Caroline M. de Costa | Go to book overview

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Your Physiology
HOW THINGS WORK
Deirdre is a forty-year-old physical education teacher who swims and works out regularly in the gym. She weighs about 120 pounds, and she has had one child. Deirdre's cycles vary from thirty-six to forty-two days; however, she always has pain low down in her abdomen, on one side or the other, fourteen days before her period starts. The pain is sharp for ten minutes, then a dull ache for about two hours. Deirdre can then calculate when to expect her period. Once it has started, she bleeds lightly for three days.
Helena is a forty-four-year-old math teacher in the same school as Deirdre. She weighs 160 pounds and has two grown daughters. In her thirties, Helena's cycles were twenty-eight days, with five days bleeding. Now they're down to twenty-five days, regular as clockwork, with day one of spotting, day two heavy, sometimes with some clots and pain, and requiring both pads and tampons, and days three and four slacking off, no pain at all.
Connie is a thirty-five-year-old accountant. She has a good diet and exercises regularly. Her cycle is very regular: twenty-six days, with five days of bleeding. Connie has never had very heavy flow, but she has very bad cramps during the first day of flow.
All of these are normal patterns.
The length of a cycle is dated from the first day of bleeding until the next first day of bleeding. The length of the cycle is given as the number of days in between.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • Do You Really Need Surgery? *
  • 1 - Where Things Are 1
  • 2 - How Things Work 6
  • 3 - Some Common Gynecologic Diseases and Problems 11
  • 4 - Gynecologic Cancers and Precancer 30
  • 5 - What to Expect 47
  • 6 - Nonsurgical Treatment of Gynecologic Problems 59
  • 7 - Traditional, or Open, Procedures 75
  • 8 - What to Expect 83
  • 9 - The Risks of Traditional Surgery 94
  • 10 - After the Surgery 99
  • 11 - Other Gynecologic Surgery and Treatments 106
  • 12 - How It's Done and Why 115
  • 13 - The Risks of Laparoscopy 135
  • 14 - How Will You Feel? 144
  • 15 - Choices and Medical Resources 148
  • 16 - Other Endoscopic Surgery 151
  • 17 - Tips to Help Make a Sensible Decision 157
  • Quick Guide to Terms Used in This Book 161
  • Additional Resources 165
  • Index 167
  • About the Author 172
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