When a hysterectomy can be a death sentence

February 18, 2014 9:26 PM

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When a hysterectomy can be a death sentence

"This is hurting a lot of people, and they don't even know it," says Amy Reed, who says the procedure spread her cancer.

In a surgical advance that benefits tens of thousands of women a year, doctors can now remove a woman's uterus through an incision in her belly button, reducing recovery time for a hysterectomy from four to six weeks to three to five days.

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