Did you know? Facts about Hysterectomy Awareness

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Here at NVSCC, we want our patients to take an active approach to their health. If you are in need of a hysterectomy, we encourage you to research the different procedures and we welcome any questions you may have when you come in for an examination. We feel that by the patient gaining an awareness and understanding of their body, it helps them in a number of ways, including understanding why they may need a hysterectomy, what their options are, and what to expect when it comes to recovery. Sadly, many Americans do not know much about hysterectomies, or know what it is at all. Check out these facts from a study done in February of 2015 to see why hysterectomy awareness is so important.

Almost half (44%) of Americans are incorrect or do not know what procedure a hysterectomy is.

  • 29% guessed incorrectly and 16 % saying they were not at all sure. The incorrect response that one in four (25%) Americans selected was the removal of the ovaries. Fewer selected the removal of the appendix, breasts, or gall bladder (1% each) and less than 1% selected the removal of the kidneys or tonsils. 1% said a hysterectomy was something else.
  • Adults ages 18-34 (29%) are significantly more likely than those ages 35-44 (17%) to say they are not at all sure what a hysterectomy is.
  • Women are more likely than men to answer correctly – 64% vs. 47%, respectively.
  • Men are more likely than women to have said they were not at all sure – 22% vs 10%, respectively.

More than half of U.S. adults know someone who has had a hysterectomy, with women being more likely than men to know someone who has had the procedure.

Some women report that they feel a sense of loss after their hysterectomy. Some feel ashamed or devastated. Some feel ecstatic, and feel liberated from chronic pain, or from no longer having a menstrual cycle.

Only 10% of hysterectomies are for cancer, and a small percentage of hysterectomies performed are emergency procedures right after childbirth. But many choose to have the surgery electively. In 2014, over half of hysterectomy surgeries (53.8%) were done laparoscopically to be less invasive and have faster healing time.  

Being aware of your body, and more importantly, being comfortable talking about it’s health will help you take care of yourself better and prepare you for a surgery and recovery. At NVSCC, Dr. Lynn Kowalski has performed over 1,000 surgeries robotically using the Da Vinci Surgery System. She founded the Nevada Surgical and Cancer Center in 2005 and has been at the forefront for hysterectomy procedures in Las Vegas. If you or someone you know is looking for a surgeon or in need of an examination, contact NVSCC on our website or call 702-739-6467.

Source: Hysterectomy.org

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