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A hysterectomy is an operation in which a woman's uterus is removed. There are several variations of this operation and sometimes the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix are removed at the same time. These organs are located in a woman's lower abdomen.

The cervix is the lower end of the uterus and ovaries are organs that produce eggs and hormones. The fallopian tubes the “pipes” that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Hysterectomy ranks as one of the most common surgical procedures among women. Most women are concerned because they don’t know if the pregnancy is possible after the hysterectomy.

Incidence of the procedure

Hysterectomy is the second most common major surgery among women in the United States. Each year, more than 600,000 hysterectomies are done. About one third of women in the United States have had a hysterectomy by age 60.

 

Number of Hysterectomies
in the United States(1975-1997)

Year

Number

Rate per 1,000 Women (age 15+)

1997

603,000

4.4

1996

591,000

5.5

1995

583,000

5.5

1990

591,000

5.8

1985

670,000

6.9

1980

649,000

7.1

1975

724,000

8.6

Major Diagnostic Indications for Hysterectomies*
(1988-1993)

Reason

Percent
Diagnosis

Fibroids

33.3

Endometriosis

18.8

Prolapse

16.4

Other

15.9

Cancer

10.1

Endometrial Hyperplasia

5.3















 

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