1. Celebrity Surgeries Lead to Misconceptions About Open GYN Surgery Risks

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    Despite advancements in gynecological surgical techniques, a large number of women are still subjected to open procedures for hysterectomy or myomectomy. This is often the result of surgeons’ lack of laparoscopic training and experience with complex conditions like large fibroids or extensive endometriosis. Patients need to understand that it is not the extent of the condition, but the skill of the specialist.

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  2. The Battle Over Essure | The Controversy

    In July 2017, Washington Post Magazine featured the Essure controversy. Many women who have had the device placed have experienced negative side effects. The article tracks the experience of Keisha Carney and Angie Firmalino who both had Essure. In addition the article takes a comprehensive look at the history of the device, a review of the scrutiny prior to coming to market by the FDA, and the advocacy champions who led the charge to bring the makers, Bayer, to a review hearing that resulted in a black box warning.

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  3. Fibroids Affect African-American Women More Severely

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    Seventy to 80 percent of American women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. That number goes up to 90 percent for African-American women, who also suffer from more severe symptoms, and often start at an earlier age.

    Fibroids Affect African-American Women Disproportionately

    Even with an already high rate of occurrence, African-American women are two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications from them.

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  4. Delays in Diagnosing Endometriosis Can Lead to Irreversible Damage

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    It can take up to a decade for a woman to get a proper endometriosis diagnosis. Diagnosing endometriosis is complicated. The symptoms often mimic other conditions, symptoms may not appear severe enough for a medical consultation until it progresses or is discovered due to fertility concerns, and social norms that persist over expected menstrual-related pelvic pain often leads even medical professionals to dismiss patient concerns.

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  5. Sex After A Hysterectomy May Improve for Women With GYN Conditions

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    Despite fears of what life will be like after a hysterectomy, for many women intimacy actually improves. In a recent survey, 59 percent of women polled feared sex would be less enjoyable after a hysterectomy. Sixty-one percent of women were worried that they would feel differently to a partner after a hysterectomy.

    But across the board, the actual experience has been demonstrated to be the exact opposite. The National Institute of Health conducted studies of women after having a hysterectomy and the results show no negative affect on sex driveself-image, or sexual satisfaction with partner. In fact, in many cases, the opposite was true. The causes for this vary, but for many women, the conditions that exist that warranted hysterectomy may have affected arousal or interest in sex. Treating the condition can help women become more active and get back to living their lives, including enjoying intimacy.

     

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  6. The Growing Field Of Fibroid Treatment Options Can Be Costly To Patients

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    The expanding landscape of fibroid treatments can lead women to choose less effective options that may affect their long-term health, including fertility.

    Fibroids are unpredictable. After some treatments, new fibroids can grow again. Depending on a patient’s insurance, or whether or not the specialist even accepts insurance, if multiple treatments are required, it can be expensive. Finding a laparoscopic fibroid expert who specializes in advanced fibroid removal and hysterectomy, who also accepts insurance is important.

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  7. Endometriosis patients face barriers to treatment with high out-of-pocket surgery costs

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    Waiting for treatment for endometriosis can prolong painful cycles, and many women are convinced that the only way to find relief is to pay tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for surgery. Endometriosis excision is the gold standard procedure for treating the condition, a technique that requires extensive training to perform. Selecting an endometriosis specialist is important for a thorough diagnosis, surgical treatment and long-term maintenance, but that can come at a steep cost if the provider does not accept health insurance.

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  8. Forget the Scars: Strategic Placement of Laparoscopic Incisions Improves Recovery

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    In minimally invasive GYN surgery, laparoscopic incision placement and size play a significant role in patient recovery time. Choosing the best incision locations for recovery also happen to be the most cosmetically appealing. Strategic placement of tiny incisions through the midline of the abdomen bypass the lateral abdominal muscles completely, allowing for a safer surgery and faster recovery from hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures with minimal pain.

    When incisions and instruments have to pass deep within the abdominal muscles they are less safe and take a long time to heal. Conventional laparoscopic and robotic laparoscopic procedures use incision placement that has a higher likelihood of lacerating blood vessels and damaging nerves, but at minimum, they go through musculature that takes much longer to heal, and has a higher level of pain during the recovery.

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  9. Adenomyosis: When Period Pain Is More Than It Should Be

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    If left untreated, some GYN conditions can lead to long-term damage. There are conditions that are not well understood by many physicians, and can be difficult to diagnose. Adenomyosis is a painful and complex gynecological condition that can be difficult to detect. An ultrasound is insufficient to detect the disease in the uterus. In many cases, an MRI can detect adenomyosis, but if it is small and diffuse, it may not appear on any imaging, and can only be diagnosed during surgery. The only cure is a hysterectomy.

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  10. The Invisible Illness: Endometriosis Stigma

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    The debilitating pain caused by endometriosis can strain relationships. Women with endometriosis are often seen as unreliable. As an invisible condition, it becomes more difficult over time to explain to teachers or bosses why you are unable to attend class for a few days each month or repeatedly need time off of work.

    While the disease itself is unpredictable, it is essential for women to have support to minimize the psychological effects and to seek effective surgical treatment. There are organizations that help women with endometriosis with emotional support and provide educational resources. Endometriosis Foundation of America, Endometriosis Research Center, Endo Support and The Endometriosis Network Canada are groups that focus solely on helping women with endometriosis find the right care, offer support networks, and raise funds for research.

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