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Every 10 minutes, 12 hysterectomies are performed in the United States. According to a report published by Obstetrics and Gynecology, 9 of them probably didn't meet the guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists for hysterectomy.

  • ~600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States (~170,000 - ~300,000 due to uterine fibroids)
  • Over 5 billion dollars spent annually on hysterectomies (medical expense of procedures only)
  • Average time off from work to recover from a hysterectomy is 6 weeks (~144 million lost work hours)
  • ~60% of all women undergoing hysterectomy have their ovaries removed (castration)
  • Over 5 billion dollars spent on hormone replacement therapy annually
  • 37% of all women undergo hysterectomy by age 60
  • Myomectomy is performed less than 40,000 times a year in the U.S.
  • Over 25,000 uterine artery embolizations have been performed worldwide since 1996.
  • For every 10,000 hysterectomies performed, 11 women die. (Approximately 660 women die each year in the United States from complications of hysterectomy.)

Possibly as many as 80% of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.

Where does YOUR state rank in the performance of hysterectomies?

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