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Life Before and After Hysterectomy | Dr. Zoe Rodriguez

Life Before and After Hysterectomy with Dr Zoe Rodriguez of Mount Sinai

Join Fempower Health as we discuss hysterectomies with Dr. Zoe Rodriguez, the Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

In this episode, we address the misconceptions, diverse cultural perspectives, and crucial insights surrounding hysterectomies. We talk about different hysterectomy options, recovery expectations, and the significant impact of surgical choices on women's health. Whether you are considering this procedure or seeking deeper understanding, this discussion offers valuable guidance to navigate your health decisions confidently.

Key Takeaways frm Discussion with Dr Rodriguez about Hysterectomies
  • The different types of hysterectomy surgery—including total, supracervical, and partial hysterectomy—and why it’s so important to know the different options.

  • How cultural backgrounds influence perceptions of healthcare and surgical decisions, particularly within the Latina community.

  • The importance of setting realistic expectations and being well-informed about post-surgical recovery, hormonal impacts, and sexuality after hysterectomy.

  • Debunking common misconceptions that Western physicians are “eager to perform surgeries,” plus ethical considerations and patient-centric approaches adopted by modern medicine.

  • Minimally invasive procedures for fibroids and other conditions that can be alternatives to hysterectomy.

  • The role of informed consent and ensuring patients are fully aware of what their surgery entails, including the potential removal of ovaries and subsequent hormonal implications.

  • Tips for patients on how to interact effectively with healthcare providers to ensure all their concerns are addressed.

  • Dr. Rodriguez’s vision for accessible, high-quality healthcare for all, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

“I need you to really pay attention to your symptoms because that's the only way I'm gonna know. And if you are having symptoms, then I can provide you with these beautiful menopausal hormone therapies.” - Dr Zoe Rodriguez

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Guest Bio

Zoe Rodriguez, MD, serves as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and holds the position of Vice Chair of Operations at Mount Sinai’s Downtown campus. Dr. Rodriguez is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is recognized for her expertise in minimally invasive gynecological surgery and is an APGO (Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics) Surgical Scholar specializing in hysteroscopic procedures.


The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.


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