Hysterectomy Is Still Overused

During the last decade, the popularity of hysterectomies has declined. Since 2002, the number of such operations performed has been reduced by more than 36 percent. More women are avoiding the removal of her uterus.

a new study suggests, however, that surgeons still do a hysterectomy too many women who do not really need the operation. Too many of the operations carried out each year 400,000 could be unnecessary. According to the study, tissue taken one in five did not support the need for hysterectomy.

Less invasive alternatives for conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic pain and fibroids are available, and the authors suggest that should be tried before surgery in most cases.

[ American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology , online December 23, 2015 ]

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