Hysterectomy, Vaginal Repair, and Surgery for Stress Incontinence.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Milligan, Annette
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Publisher: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Nursing Praxis in New Zealand ISSN: 0112-7438
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 26 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Hysterectomy, Vaginal Repair, and Surgery for Stress Incontinence (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Haslett, Sally; Jennings, Molly; Walsgrove, Hilary; Weatheritt, Wendy
Accession Number: 291701804
Full Text: Title: Hysterectomy, Vaginal Repair, and Surgery for Stress Incontinence

Authors: Sally Haslett, Molly Jennings, Hilary Walsgrove & Wendy Weatheritt

Publishers: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom

Year of Publication: 2010, Sixth Edition

Available From: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd (www.beaconsfleld-publishers.co.uk)

A little booklet, with a huge title! This is a handbook for any woman who wants to understand the implications of surgical options for all of the above.

The booklet de-mystifies the female reproductive system, using plain English terms to explain, but including the medical terminology so that women will be able to interpret if medical language is used. It is full of practical advice for preparing for surgery, and for recovering afterwards. There is a sensible and thorough rehabilitation programme which gives women good guidance for steadily re-building musculature postoperatively.

The diagrams are clear with pictures demonstrating techniques for getting out of bed post-op for example, how to lift correctly, and even the ideal stance to take while ironing!

The layout is clear, although somewhat unexciting. Also inclusion of an index page would have been helpful; but these are small complaints. The book is modestly priced -UK5.95 [pounds sterling] (currently about NZ$13), easy to follow, gives plenty of information and only takes about an hour to read. It answers most questions women would have--right down to the impact of surgery on sexual relations, and the need to sometimes educate employers if return to work demands are inappropriate. The authors have thought of just about every question a woman might be thinking, and given concise and constructive answers.

The acid test is: would I recommend it to a client? I sure would. Actually, I really wish I had received the review copy earlier in the year--I would have certainly given it to a client who has since had surgery for stress incontinence. I am sure she would have found this booklet very comforting as she reluctantly prepared for surgery.

Reviewer: Annette Milligan, RCpN, BA, FCNA(NZ), Director, Independent Nursing Practice, Nelson

Annette Milligan

Registered Nurse

Sexual Health and Incontinence
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