Holly Bridges, Author. Patient. Advocate.

April 11, 2012 13:05 ET

Media Advisory: Unnecessary Hysterectomies-News Conference to Announce Social Media Campaign and Controversial Women's Health Book

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - Ottawa author, patient and advocate, Holly Bridges, will hold a news conference on Thursday, April 12, to announce the launch of her book The UNHysterectomy: Solving Your Painful, Heavy Bleeding Without Major Surgery as well as a social media campaign that has already attracted a following across Canada, the US and Great Britain.

Dr. Sony Singh, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the Shirley E. Greenberg Women's Health Centre, and Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, acted as editor for The UNHysterectomy and will be showing high definition video of actual state-of-the-art procedures he has done at The Ottawa Hospital.

Despite the availability of high tech procedures that promise to increase patient safety and decrease healthcare spending, most Canadian women are still being prescribed hysterectomy for painful, abnormal uterine bleeding, a potentially life-threatening condition that affects one in four women worldwide. Author and patient advocate Holly Bridges says medical and surgical alternatives exist that could allow women to solve their problem, spare their reproductive organs and save our healthcare system a billion dollars over the next five years, but the healthcare system isn't making these options widely available.

Who: Meet Holly Bridges, author of The UNHysterectomy and her medical editor, Dr. Sony Singh, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the Shirley E. Greenberg Women's Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital, and Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Two other women patients who have had minimally invasive alternative surgery to avoid a hysterectomy will be available for interviews.
Why: Holly Bridges is a former CBC Radio and TV journalist and a writer here in Ottawa. She spent the past year researching the issue of unnecessary hysterectomy in Canada and interviewing world-renowned experts in minimally invasive gynecology. The UNHysterectomy is based on her own successful journey to avoid a hysterectomy.
When: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up.
Where: Ottawa Congress Centre, Room 101. Parking - www.ottawaconventioncentre.com/attending/parking
What: Broadcast-quality B-roll and high-resolution video and stills of Dr. Singh in the operating room performing actual minimally invasive procedures will be made available on DVD.

Refreshments will be served.