This week on White Coat, Black Art
we explore a little-talked-about issue: going under the knife when you might not need to. In the first half of the show, Brian interviews journalist Holly Bridges
, who learned the hard way about that. She was desperate after dealing with excessive bleeding caused by uterine fibroids. When her doctor told her a full abdominal hysterectomy was her only option, she -- like many women -- readily agreed. But as she told Brian, a life-altering event -- the sudden death of her sister -- caused her to rethink the surgery. She began to look for other options. With a lot of legwork, she found them. But it wasn't easy. Her research revealed that thousands of women were having the invasive procedure done unnecessarily. One medical journal report
said 70 percent of hysterectomies didn't meet criteria set by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This set Holly on on a course to inform other patients about what she'd learned. This is the full interview she did with Brian about her book, The UNhysterectomy.