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Experts Say 2/3 of Hysterectomies May Be Unnecessary

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

March 5, 2008

Many people look to surgery to help with chronic problems and hysterectomy operations are an option for many women. But experts are saying as many as two thirds of hysterectomies may be unnecessary.

Each year around 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to some experts not all of these are needed. They say only one third are actually a last resort.

“I think anytime you remove an organ from somebody's body it presents the opportunity for significant change,” explained Doctor John Schmitt, UVa Associate Professor of OBGYN.

There are serious reasons for having a hysterectomy one of which includes cancer.

Also, if a patient has tried all of the other alternatives then surgery is the last resort.


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