Having a Hysterectomy? Why You Might Not Need One

February 26, 2015 4:53 PM

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It’s the second most common surgery women undergo in the U.S., yet new research suggests that nearly 20 percent of hysterectomies performed to treat noncancerous conditions are actually unnecessary, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Though the number of hysterectomies performed in this country has fallen from a peak of more than 680,000 in 2002 to some 434,000 in 2010, it’s projected that 1 in 3 American women will have one by age 60. What’s more, the new study suggests that alternative treatments to hysterectomy are underused.

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