- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Writers of the Round Table Press (January 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939418488
- ISBN-13: 978-1939418487
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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One of the best pieces of advice by Dr Kowalski is to research your surgeon. As a gynecologist and surgeon myself, too often I see patients just accepting what their doctor tells them without asking questions. “A doctor trained at an institution well known for a particular procedure …may have a tendency to treat with that same familiar procedure” rather than offering a minimally invasive procedure. A surgeon may suggest the procedure they are most comfortable with, not necessarily the fix that’s best for the patient ( page 64 ). Sadly, women undergo open surgery when minimally invasive techniques could result in less pain and a quicker return to an active lifestyle.
With the rapid increase in use of any new technology is a concern about ability and experience of surgeons. Hundreds of hours of training in robotic-assisted surgery is required to master these skills. Ask your doctor about experience and training in these advanced techniques as Dr Kowalski suggests.
UPDATE: Since the writing of this book, the use of “power morcellation” which has a potential hazard to spread tumor cells is no longer used . Don’t let anyone tell you have to have a big incision for this reason.
Surgeons now use “Contained tissue extraction techniques” which are safer, yet still allow minimally invasive approaches to most women. In addition, women can often have the needed surgery with robotic-assisted techniques and benefit from less pain and a return to full active living faster. For more about contained tissue extraction, see: [...]
I recommend this book unreservedly.