On July 30 2007, I went to see Cincinnati gynecologist, Bradley Busacco, for an enlarged abdomen (which I now know was caused - at least in part - by the stretching of my abdominal muscles during three pregnancies, also known as diastasis recti - See 'Diastasis Recti - What Every Woman Should Know' page). Dr. Busacco advised me that the reason for my enlarged abdomen was due to 'uterine prolapse'. He recommended removal of my uterus. He assured me that there was no alternative. Reluctantly, I agreed to removal of my uterus and signed a consent for removal of uterus only on September 25, 2007. I had a witness present while Dr. Busacco and I discussed the consent and signed it. There was no discussion in regard to removal of my cervix, ovaries or fallopian tubes.
I arrived at Mercy Hospital Anderson in Cincinnati Ohio on September 27, 2007 for surgery at approximately 6:00 a.m. The intake nurse for Mercy that morning presented me with another consent form to sign. I read the consent and realized that the wrong surgical procedure was listed. According to the 'new consent', all of my sex organs were to be removed with the exception of my cervix. I refused to sign the new consent and told the nurse that the wrong procedure was listed and I requested to speak with Dr. Busacco.
After the nurse left my pod area, another nurse came into my pod area and stated he was going to give me something to relax me. I told him that I didn't want to be given medication of any type since there was an issue with my surgery and since I had not signed the surgical consent or talked with Dr. Busacco. As I was protesting being given medication in the presence of three witnesses, the CRNA injected my IV with VERSED (also sometimes known as 'the date rape drug'). That was my last waking memory. NOTE: You can read more about Versed here
I woke up approximately two hours later and was told by a nurse I didn't recognize that I was in recovery and that a total hysterectomy had been performed on me. I cried and said 'I want to die'. This is noted in my medical record. I guess I don't need to say here that it's not normal for a patient to wake up from 'elective' surgery in this condition. However, It's normal for someone who didn't truly 'elect' their surgery. (Please see 'Mercy Hospital's Medical Documents' page for verification).
NOTE: See 'Mercy Hospital's Medical Documents' page, 'Mercy Hospital Anderson Consent Policy' page, Seven Hills Women's Health Medical Documents' page and 'Testimony of Bradley Busacco and Mercy Hospital O.R. Nurse' page for supporting evidence regarding my case. My case is quite shocking on many levels! Both Dr. Busacco and Mercy Hospital Anderson weaved a very tangled web of lies and deceit which I have unweaved over the past five years since my surgery. In other words, I've spent the last five years of my life connecting the dots... My findings are posted on this site for review by the public. I WILL NEVER BE SILENT!
You can read my story in a bit more detail here
The consequences to a woman's health and life are tremendously affected by hysterectomy and castration. Unfortunately, ACOG does not list these consquences in their 'Hysterectomy Information Pamphlet'. Click here Hysterectomy (FAQ008) to view ACOG's hysterectomy information pamphlet.
Women who are advised to undergo hysterectomy and ovary removal (castration) are not currently being told about the serious and life-long consequences. Please click here to sign my petition on Change.Org regarding this critical issue.
My entire web site is dedicated to warning women (and men) of the consequences of hysterectomy and castration (ovary removal). The list is very long... And the consequences are forever! Even ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) states many consequences of menopause (brought on by nature or surgical removal of the ovaries) in their pamphlet 'Menopause - Frequently Asked Questions'.
NOTE: My healthy ovaries were removed, according to Dr. Busacco, because of 'hormonal bloating'. Obviously, this is not the standard care of medicine! If hormonal bloating was an indication for removal of healthy ovaries, every woman in the world would require castration. (Please see 'Testimony of Bradley Busacco and Mercy Hospital O.R. Nurse' page, 7th document, pg. 57, lines 7-17 for Dr. Busacco's specific testimony regarding why he removed my healthy ovaries.)
Click here Menopause (FAQ047) to read ACOG's Menopause information pamphlet. The pamphlet discusses the many serious health consequences of menopause. Note: All of the consequences of menopause are not discussed in ACOG's pamphlet.
When gynecologists remove women's ovaries, they induce instant surgical menopause.
Following is a list (from ACOG's Menopause pamphlet) of some of the consequences to a woman's health brought on by menopause.
1) Hot Flashes - can cause a lack of sleep affecting a woman's mood, health and ability to deal with daily activities.
2)Vagina becomes thin & dry causing pain during sex and making the vagina more prone to infection. This condition also affects the urinary tract. The urethra becomes dry, inflamed and irritated. Women may need to urinate more often and there is an increase risk of bladder infection.
3)Increase in bone loss. Osteoporosis (which results from bone loss), increases the risk of bone fracture, affecting especially the wrist, hip and spine.
4)Much of a woman's protection against heart attacks and stroke is lost after menopause. So, the risk for heart attack and stroke increases. Also see 'Hysterectomy Doubles Risk For Heart Disease' page.
5)Women experience emotional changes due to the drastic change in hormone levels. Woman become nervous, irritated and very tired.
6)Women lose interest in sex and do not have as much of a sex drive after menopause. It may take a woman longer to orgasm and she may have difficulty even reaching orgasm.