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Interactive App Helps Women Handle Hysterectomy

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 30 Jan 2013
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Image: A screenshot of the HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support app for iPhone (Photo courtesy of HysterSisters).
Image: A screenshot of the HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support app for iPhone (Photo courtesy of HysterSisters).
A new free app for iPhones and Android phones will help women connect with each other and make decisions about hysterectomy surgical options and alternatives.

The HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support app is completely free on both iTunes and Google Play, and allows women to personalize the information they need according to their hysterectomy surgery date. A woman can enter her surgery date, customize a list of questions for her doctor, make task lists for herself, assign tasks to family and friends, watch videos, and get information and support from the HysterSisters online community. The app also provides weekly reminders and suggestions for preparing and recovering from hysterectomy surgery.

Other important features of the Hysterectomy Support app are pre- and posthysterectomy checkpoints that detail what to expect in the weeks leading up to and after hysterectomy surgery; a symptom tracker; and access to more than 35 online forums. The new app was launched by HysterSisters (Dallas, TX, USA), a leading website for woman-to-woman support for hysterectomy, and its related gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, and uterine/ovarian cancers.

“I have used this new app with my patients several times, it works really well. The ‘checkpoints’ feature provides lots of information, so the preoperative process is easier on my office staff, too.” said Susan Carter, MD, a gynecologist in Greeley (CO, USA). “The ‘ask my doc’ list of preop questions is actually more efficient than the patient herself trying to formulate how to ask certain things. This app is very organized, and user friendly. Therefore, it takes a lot of stress off of the patient, office staff, and me, the doc.”

“The future of patient support is in our hands – and on our phones and on our tablets. I knew that HysterSisters needed to meet the needs of the next generation of women who have many more choices and questions about their gynecological health than our mothers had,” said Kathy Kelley, founder of HysterSisters.com. “These apps are another milestone, just like when I moved the HysterSisters website from my personal AOL page to its own domain back in 1999. Back then, I was a recovering hysterectomy patient who wanted to connect with other women. Now I’m a grandmother.”

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App on iTunes
App on Google play

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