A hysterectomy in 140 characters or less

August 31, 2009 2 Comments

St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids says it is the first to twittercast a surgery in Iowa.

This morning I logged on at 10 a.m. to follow along. The communications team took short descriptions from the medical team in OR 2 and put them out into the twittersphere. They also posted pictures and answered questions from followers.

The hospital has hosted several Web cast surgeries in the past, but says Twitter is a less invasive way to get the public into the operating room.

The text version is also a little easier for those who have a weak stomach.

You can check out St. Luke’s Twitter (StLukesCR) to read through the process and check out the photos.

If they do this again, I’ll try to pass along the info ahead of time for those who are interested.

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  1. BernadetteO says:

    This portrays the gynecologist controlled robotic surgery as less invasive, implying that it is safe. If you watch the surgery being performed on the Da Vinci web site (click on the video for physicians, not the sanitized patient version) you will quickly see that this is highly invasive destructive surgery.

    Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, a reproductive, sexual, hormone responsive organ that supports the bladder and bowel. Whether the surgery is performed abdominally, vaginally, hands-on laparoscopically or laparoscopically by a gynecologist controlled robot, a hormone responsive sex organ is removed, the vagina is shortened, and there is a loss of support to the bladder and bowel. Women who experienced uterine orgasm before the surgery will not experience it after the uterus is removed.

    When the uterus is removed women have three times greater incidence of cardiovascular disease than women with an intact uterus. When the ovaries are removed the incidence seven times greater.

    There are 22 million women in the United States whose female organs have been surgically removed. Only about 2% were life saving and 98% were elective, a euphemism for unwarranted. Girls and women are not educated about the functions of female organs and they are not informed about the adverse effects of hysterectomy that have been well documented in medical literature for over a century.

    Women who might ignore this promotion in a commercial advertisement will be vulnerable to believing there are no adverse effects of the surgery. An article that makes hysterectomy sound simple and inconsequential is dangerous to women.

    Read the new book THE H WORD, and find out what the medical literature documents about the well-known consequences, and what women report about the effects of hysterectomy on their bodies, their health and their lives, and read the Adverse Effects Data at http://www.hersfoundation.org.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Hysterectomy is known to disturb nerve plexuses and anatomical relations in the pelvic region. The reason for opting for cervix removal is the presence of cancer in the left over cervical base. And the reason for retaining the cervix is better bowel and bladder function. So one should take a proper decision.

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