from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical removal of part or all of the uterus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The surgical procedure to remove all of or part of the uterus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the excision of the uterus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical removal of the uterus
However, I have not failed to note that the hysterectomy is the procedure about which I hear most often "It's the best decision I ever made."
Certainly, somebody in my family was embarrassed by the word hysterectomy, and it might have even been Mom, herself.
He paused, as if to give me a chance to comment, but I was silently reeling from the word hysterectomy.
Even when a hysterectomy is performed and the cervix is removed, the HPV remains in the body, unless the immune system can clear the infection.
And no one talks about the many, many women out there who are suffering from heavy bleeding, pain and reduced quality of life because they have been led to believe that hysterectomy is a bad operation.
In the intervening years since 1999, the last year the CDC has reported data, I have seen a dramatic decline in hysterectomy rates in my area due to the introduction of new and effective means of treating fibroids, dysfunctional bleeding and endometriosis.
And that anything other than a hysterectomy is better than the hysterectomy.
I have many patients for whom hysterectomy is appropriate and their preferred option, but the gyns I send them to still insist on going through all the "medical options" (that I've already done) before doing the damn surgery.
A hysterectomy is absolutely NOT the equivalent of a nose job - it is major surgery that should never be performed without a clear medical indication, and full consent of the patient.
Patients and physicians should work together to ensure that proper diagnostic evaluation has been done and appropriate treatments considered before hysterectomy is recommended.