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Two-Thirds of Hysterectomies May be Unnecessary

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

Nearly 600,000 hysterectomies are performed every year in America.  The surgery is so popular, according to CNN, that nearly one-third of all women will undergo the procedure before they turn 60.

However, experts are now saying that as many as two-thirds of those women do not need the surgery.  Doctors like Lauren Streicher, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gyneconology at Northwestern University, are finding that there are alternative procedures that offer fewer complications and shorter recovery times.

Common problems with the hysterectomy procedure are sexual problems, incontinence, and a slight loss of physical strength.

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