In my opinion, Hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus, is one of the most overrated surgical procedures in this country. Statistics indicate that we perform over 650,000 annually and 80% of those are for non-cancerous conditions like fibroids, adenomyosis and endometriosis. Many doctors will recommend hysterectomy simply to relieve monthly symptoms: heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, and abdominal bloating and discomfort, without giving consideration to post surgical long term irreversible side effects. Hysterectomy is mandatory for cancer and in some women for Stage 4 uterine prolapse, however we never advocate hysterectomy for benign diseases like fibroid tumors, also known as myomas and leiomyomas. The uterus has many functions and should be considered worth saving for long term health benefits….dont remove it unless you have to!
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