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Understanding a Hysterectomy


Elizabeth Howell, MD, practices at McKee Medical Center.

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Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health ©

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Text:     Banner Health Presents: Ask The Expert
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Image: Elizabeth Howell, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Text: Elizabeth Howell, MD - OB/GYN McKee Medical Center

Audio:  “I’m Doctor Elizabeth Howell, an OB/GYN at McKee Medical Center.”

Text: 1 in 4 women require a Hysterectomy by age 60

Audio:  “In this country, one in four women will require a hysterectomy by age 60…”

Text: 600,000 women annually

Audio:  “…with about 600,000 women undergoing the procedure annually.”

Text: Heavy bleeding, Fibroid tumors, Endometriosis, Remove cancerous tissue

Audio:  “A hysterectomy may be necessary to stop heavy bleeding caused by fibroid tumors or endometriosis or to remove cancer or potentially cancerous tissue.”

Text: 3 to 4 day hospital stay, pain and scarring, 6 to 8 week recovery

Audio:  “In the past, hysterectomy has resulted in a three to four-day hospital stay, a great deal of pain and scarring and a six to eight-week recovery. Recent technological advancements…”

Text: Smaller instruments, Less invasive, Faster recovery, Reduced pain & scarring

Audio:  “…such as smaller surgical instruments, have made the procedure less invasive, resulting in faster recovery and reduced pain and scarring.”

Text: Laporoscopic Super Cervical Hysterectomy

Image: A woman sitting with a young child lying on her lap

Audio:  “One of the newest procedures is the laparoscopic super cervical hysterectomy.”

Image: Medical team in the scrub room

Audio:  “Three small incisions are made in the abdomen through which a laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted.”

Image: Four smiling women posing for photo

Audio:  “The uterus can then be removed through these small incisions. The biggest benefit of this procedure…”

Image:  A women holding a garden trowel, smiling

Audio:  “…is that the woman can be back to her regular activities within a few weeks. Leaving the cervix intact…”

Image:  Middle-aged affectionate couple

Audio:  “…maintains the body’s natural support system. This may decrease risk for future prolapse as well as decreasing risk for vaginal scarring which can cause pain during intercourse.”

Image:  Female hospital medical staff converses with patient.

Audio:  “If needed, the cervix can be removed through the laparoscopic methods as well.”

Image:  Mother hugs young daughter during outside play

Audio:  “These patients will still benefit from a better recovery though they will need to maintain light activities for six weeks.”

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Page Last Modified: 02/22/2010
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