My Extraordinary Care

My Extraordinary Care

Patient Sheila Davis

Sheila Davis -

Northwest Indiana

Like many women, Sheila Davis learned to cope with the monthly discomfort that accompanied her periods.

“I lived with a heating pad," says Davis. "I was at the point where I'd have one on my chair at work, and at night, I'd have one on my stomach and one on my back. It was just part of my normal routine during my period."

"In my 30s and early 40s, it seemed manageable," she says. "As I got into my 40s, I thought I could hold out until menopause. I just kept justifying to myself putting up with the pain."

Davis, who had three children by C-section in her 20s, had scarring and adhesions discovered during a laparoscopy. She discussed having hysterectomy with her physician at the time to find relief from the pain the scarring was causing, but she didn't want to go through such major abdominal surgery and the subsequent hormonal effects on her body.

"I was under the belief that this was just part of being a woman and that I shouldn't complain," says Davis. "But now I know part of that was just me not knowing my options."

"I can't believe it," says Davis. "My life is changed. I have no more back pain, no more painful periods, and I don't worry three weeks out of the month about the one week I'll be suffering. The relief is the greatest thing ever!

Douglas Dedelow, D.O. -

Innovative Women's Health

“Women considering abdominal hysterectomies should know that there are many more alternatives available to them than there were 10 or 15 years ago. These include several procedures that reduce recovery times and minimize scarring," Dedelow says.

"It's a common misconception that hysterectomies always include removal of the ovaries or the cervix," adds Dedelow. "When speaking about hysterectomies, we're only talking about the uterus, and it's important to know that there are several ways to accomplish that. ”

To find out more about minimally invasive surgical options for hysterectomy, click here.