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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta iHe LciHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, September 13, 19.4 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I wish you would settle a dispute between a relative and myself. I was told by a lady friend that her cousin was entering the hospital to have her uterus rebuilt. Can a uterus be rebuilt in any way, whether a woman has previously had it partially or wholly removed by a hysterectomy? I was also told doctors do not have to tell their patients they have had a complete hysterectomy or a partial one, because most hysterectomies are not complete in other words, some part of either the uterus or ovary is left so that a woman will not lose her sexual urge Won't you please explain, for I've been told if all is removed a woman does lose her urge for sex, so parts of something must be left in I don't get it! Can't wait to settle this argument Dear Reader These ideas are not uncommon, and they are the result of half truths and errors in communication I suspect that the operation to-- "rebuild the uterus" is really a repair of a prolapsed uterus This is literally a hernia of the uterus when it falls down from its normal location This problem is common in women who have had children, and the surgery is common place This does not include any actual work on the uterus in the sense of reshaping it or anything like that. Now about those hysterectomy questions. The uterus has two parts, the body of the uterus and the cervix It is much like the body of a fruit jar and its rim, the rim being the cervix A partial hysterectomy may take out only the body of the uterus and leave the cervix. It is important to know this, because if the cervix is left in it can still develop cancer and regular evaluations are a must. Usually the cervix and the body of the uterus are removed together and this is a complete hysterectomy, meaning all the uterus was removed, including the cervix A complete hysterectomy will not affect a woman's sex urge or her capacity will not affect a woman's sex urge or her capacity for normal activity, psychological reaction that is not part of the surgery at all. The man will not be able to tell that anything has been done, either. Sometimes the ovaries are removed with a hysterectomy. This is an oopherectomy, not a hysterectomy. You can have the ovaries removed and leave the uterus in or you can have the uterus removed (hysterectomy, partial or complete) and leave the ovaries intact. Or, you can have both a hysterectomy and oopherectomy. It's the ovaries that influence a woman's sex urge, not her uterus. Ovaries form most of the female hormones. Their failure or degeneration leads to the menopause. If the ovaries are nonfunctioning and diseased the surgeon may think it wise to remove them. In a younger woman, unless there is a good reason to take them out, he may leave them alone, even though he may need to take out the uterus. If the ovaries must be removed surgically, then female hormone replacement can be given to prevent the changes attributed to menopause. I hope this will give you enough information to settle your argument. Don't come to blows. Incidentally, I think all doctors should always tell a patient exactly what has and what has not been done and what effects it will have. Send your questions to Dr.' Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on menopause, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Menopause" booklet. Flashback 1905 Russia and Japan agreed to a truce in Manchuria. 1907 The Cunard liner Lusitania completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. 1958 More than scientists ended an atoms-for- peace conference at Geneva. Goren on Bridge CHARLES H. GOREN 1974 Tnt cnirago Tribune Roth North "-OKTi! A J 2 A K Q2 A K 9