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Which Hysterectomy is best for you?

Written by Larry Butler, MD

Hysterectomy (removal of a woman’s uterus) is the second most common surgical procedure performed in the United States. Approximately 433,000 in-patient hysterectomies are performed annually. Although more than 50% of the hysterectomies performed are abdominal hysterectomies, there is an increasing trend toward minimally invasive approaches. In 2010, 30.5% of benign hysterectomies were performed laparoscopically which is an increase from 14% in 2005.  This increase has been ever steeper for the robot-assisted hysterectomy with 9.5% performed robotically in 2010, compared to 0.5% in 2007. There are four different ways of performing a Hysterectomy ...