Dr. Oz: The #1 Surgery You Don’t Need- Hysterectomy

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Dr. Oz: The #1 Surgery You Don’t Need- Hysterectomy

By on February 25, 2010

Dr. Oz discussed the number one surgery that women often do not need, but all too often they get: hysterectomies.  The main reason that women get a hysterectomy is because of fibroids in their uterus.  One woman had 87 tumors removed by laser, after seeking other options since her first doctor told her that her only option was to have her uterus removed in a hysterectomy.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, author of The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You which Dr. Oz’s girls are reading,said there are various types of fibroids: fibroids on the inside of the uterus which are painful, fibroids on the inside of the lining of the uterus which cause heavy bleeding but no real pain, and the fibroids on the outside of the lining of the uterus which can create pressure and significant pain, especially if the fibroids twist.

Kara, a 36 year old woman, found out she had a fibroid when she was pregnant with her second child.  Now her fibroid is constantly causing her to go to the bathroom because of the pressure the fibroid puts on her bladder.  She is afraid to be too far away from the bathroom.  Her doctor told her that she can either have an Abdominal Myomectomy or a Hysterectomy.  Dr. Ashton said that anyone with a fibroid should think about the following questions:

Questions to Ask Yourself If You Have Fibroids:

1.  How bad are the symptoms?
2.  How limiting to your lifestyle are your symptoms?
3.  What is your age?
4.  Do you plan to have kids?

Sometimes there really is no option other than to have your uterus removed in a hysterectomy, but Dr. Ashton gave a few examples depending on the answers you have to the above question.

If you are going through menopause, or are around the age when it will begin, then you should try to buy yourself some time rather than having the operation, because when a woman goes through menopause she will have a dramatic reduction in the growth of her fibroids.  Instead of having a hysterectomy, try discussing with your doctor other options to manage the heavy bleeding.

Dr. Oz had a woman on his show who had her uterus removed and she said it was the biggest mistake of her life.  She was depressed for three years and could not stop crying.  All too often, women have hysterectomies because their doctors tell them that they are past the age of having kids so don’t need it anymore… this is a crazy reason!  Dr. Oz said that the word Hysterectomy comes from the word hysteria, because a very long time ago, doctors actually believed that it was the operation to get rid of a woman’s hysteria!

Patients need to understand that their doctors may only be telling them about procedures that they personally can do, rather than all of the options available… this is NOT acceptable!  Another example where you should look at alternative options is if you are in your 30’s and still want to have kids.  Here is a list of options for treating fibroids:

Fibroid Treatment Options:

1.  Myomectomy - a laproscope is used to remove the fibroids without removing the uterus.  This can leave a lot of scarring in the abdomen and you may have a lot of bleeding, but you will have your uterus.

2.  Uterine artery embolization (UAE) – a catheder goes into a blood vessel that is removed so that the blood supply to the fibroid is cut-off and thus the fibroid can’t get nutrients to exist or grow.

3. Hysteroscopy – A hysteroscope is useful to deal with fibroids in the uterine lining that cause heavy bleeding.  In a hysteroscopy, a camera is inserted inside of you and goes through the cervix, and the doctor can then shave off the top of the fibroid and decrease your bleeding dramatically.  It is possible that it may grow back and you would have to do it again, but this surely is better than removing your whole uterus.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Fibroids & Hysterectomies:

1.  Do I need my cervix removed?  Many abnormal pap smears or cervical cancer are the main reasons you would need to have your cervix removed.  Leaving it in increases the support to the pelvic structure.

2.  A total hysterectomy does not mean you have to have your tubes and ovaries removed.  Ask if the doctor will be removing one or both ovaries.  New data is showing that if you have your ovaries removed for benign reasons, like fibroids, during a hysterectomy, you may have a shorter life because of cardiovascular disease.

3. What should I expect after the operation?  How long will I be in the hospital?  Will there be damage to any adjacent organs?  How will I be in 6 weeks, 6 months and 6 years?

4.  What are my risks?  What is the risk of bleeding?  Should I give blood in case I need a blood transfusion?  How often do the risks happen in general and within your practice?

5.  Ask for a full list of all of your options, even options that your doctor cannot do himself.

Fibroid Treatments At Home:

1.  Ibuprofen relieves cramps and heavy bleeding, and thus can be very helpful in reducing blood loss.

2.  Make yourself herbal teas made of Cramp Bark (an anti-spasmatic) and Valerian Root or you can try a tea packet with Valerian Root in it like Tazo Tea Well-Being Herbal Infusion.

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Comments to Dr. Oz: The #1 Surgery You Don’t Need- Hysterectomy

  1. Nora W. Coffey says:

    Thank you for your interest in educating the public.

    Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) will deliver the Keynote Address at HERS 28th Conference on April 24th, 2010 in New York City.

    Leading medical and legal experts will discuss the common reasons these procedures are performed, the options in treatment, and the consequences of the surgery.

    Did you know the average weight gain the first year after is 25 lbs.?

    For more information about this important conference go to http://www.hersfoundation.com/conference.html.

  2. God is so good. I praise Him for your wonderful program. I find alot of junk shows on t.v. anymore, however, whenever I click through channels I will watch “intresting and valueable” shows such as yours. With this, I will now try to make sure to include you in my “healthy” t.v. shows to watch.
    I have been very healthy all of my life and now that I am a bit older, my body is changing, of course. To make long story short, among going to get my yearly “stuff” done, I requested a full physical and made comments of “somewhat” problems with constipation. After ultra sound results came in, Dr. suggested that I have fer I have a hysterectomy done along with taking out my ovbaries since I will not be having any more childeren and I do not need these organs anymore. It was a bit too much information for me since I have never had any part of my body open up, and mainly, removed. Up until this point I have always had an attitude that Dr. knows best??????? not same attitude after this show. I have been a bit overwhelmed since then and when I watched this show, it just has given me a total new prespective in doctors and in my obligation to do more research when it comes to medical issues. I AM NOOOOTT LETTING GO OF MY ORGRANS IF I DON’T HAVE TO. I SHALL DEAL WITH THE HAZZLE AS LONG AS IT BEATS THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT YOU METIONED.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. GREAT SHOW!! YOU JUST EARNED A MORE FAITHFUL WATCHER.

  3. I hope women check out the HERS Foundation Conference 4/23-24, 2010 in NY mentioned above. I signed a Myomectomy Consent form and was given a hysterectomy; so knowing your options or asking questions, or getting second opinion in no way “guarantee” that you will not still end up with a hysterectomy. Something no one mentions in these kind of stories.

  4. I too, advise all females to go to the Hers website and also Empowerher site. If one cannot attend the upcoming conference mentioned here; at least read the website and blogs. I am one who trusted in a longtime GYN who castrated me. I did not need a Hysterectomy, and was scared into one by him for two small fibroids. He never told me of any alternatives. He never told me of the complications I may very well suffer with afterwards which I have so much. He is a ‘Barbarian’. He was greedy, and how horrible I put my faith into him, and now I have to live with horrible physical problems in the aftermath. This has to stop, and should have been stopped a long, long time ago. This would never happen to a male.

  5. I would like to add, and what happened to TQ who posted here. This is what also happens to thousands of women with a particular matter. They go in for a surgery, are adamant not to have a Hysterectomy; yet, come out of surgery to find out they have had a Hysterectomy. How can this happen? Again, this has to stop! The laws need to be put into place now and not years from now. I again say… this would never, ever happen to a male.

  6. BethRogers says:

    I need your advice. I just had an endometrial ablation done in March. My bleeding has stopped alltogether. Just recently in the past 3 months, I have begun to have pain once a month. The pain is severe. I am doubling over and crying because the cramping is so bad. I feel like I am in labor. The pain also radiates down my right leg and my lower back hurts so bad. I am taking pain relievers and this does help. I went to a Dr. and they found a fibroid on the ouside of my uterus. When I took the results to my ob and told him my symptoms, he said it’s time for a hysterectomy. I don’t want to have a hysterecomy, I did the ablation to avoid that. Is there any other way?

  7. Beth Rogers, unfortunately, I am not a doctor so I really cannot advise you as to what you should try. I have heard Dr Oz say over and over that hysterectomies are the number one unnecessary surgery that is done though. Have you gone for a second opinion? That is definitely what I would do.

  8. I went to da dr. Last month because I have painful cycles every month an I have been having them since I got my tubes tied an when I went to the doctor I told him my symptoms an he recommanded that I have a hsyteretcomy an when I told my family the first thing they said am I to young r I need to get a second opinon an my cousin told me about your show an I want to thank you

  9. Sahmirrah says:

    I had a total hystorectomy 6 yrs ago I was 23 yrs old I had overian cyst an endomitriosis an adenmisosis (sorry for spelling) . 2 weeks ago I had a MRI an than days later a CT scan an the results of both state I have a Bicronic Uterus an a dexterverted uterus Im sooo confused how is this possible im n sever pelvic pain an my pelvic swells up. No Dr. can tell me whats going on they just keep saying that you had a hysterectomy an there no need to worry but I am i have seen the images on the MRI an u can see 2 masses spliting my endomitral cavity in half . I know my body an I know somethings wrong. Have any of you heard of anything like this after a total hysterectomy ?? An do you have an opions on what I should do Im scared an very worried Im not getting the right treatment . Honestly I have never heard of a uterus coming back unless its a tumor or something please let me know what you guys think I would be very greatful.

  10. Sahmirrah says:

    Very sorry Its spell Bicronate uterus** sorry had to fix that so if any of you need to look it up.. Thank you for your time an I hope someone out there may have a answer or idea for me .

  11. Dear DOCTOR oz, MY QUESTION IS FOR YOU SIR, CAN FIBROID TUMOR GROW BACK IF YOU HAD A PARTIAL HYSTERECTOMY?

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