The word hysterectomy comes from the Greek work ‘hystero’ which means womb. The first description we have of a hysterectomy is in the fifth century BC when Soranus of Ephesus, a Greek physician, removed an inverted uterus that had become gangrenous. Since that first unprecedented procedure, medicine has undergone tremendous medical and technological advancements. While hysterectomies are still considered major surgery, they have become relatively common; in fact, hysterectomies are the second most performed surgery on women. It is estimated that a third of all US women will have had a hysterectomy by the time they reach 60 years old. Today, a hysterectomy can be performed in several ways and many techniques have been devised and modified to suit individual conditions.
Although over 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the US, the physicians at Pocatello Women’s Health Clinic feel strongly that each woman is unique. As such, when a patient is faced with a possible hysterectomy, diagnosis or procedure, each woman should receive individual, specific and medically sound information so that she is well prepared and knowledgeable to make decisions about her health and her body.
The Red Hot Mamas seminars are an opportunity to broaden a woman’s base of knowledge about her own health. Each physician hosted seminar has a specified topic that is designed to provide essential, up-to-date information and education to better help women manage menopause and to take a more active role in their well being as they transition into the next phase of life.
The Red Hot Mamas Seminar on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 is titled “You and Your Uterus: The Hysterectomy Decision.” We will discuss the health issues that may lead to the need for a hysterectomy, reasons and symptoms that may warrant a hysterectomy, types of procedures, the possible need for hormone therapy and other issues as they relate to pre and postoperative health care needs.
Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call Portneuf Community Education and Events Line at 208-239-1401.To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars, including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.