Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, making it the second most common surgical procedure (behind the Caesarean section) in American women still of reproductive age.
With one in three women under the age of 60 undergoing a hysterectomy, there are many questions out there about the procedure. There are also plenty of answers, including at www.acog.org and HysterSisters.com, a free mobile app that allows women to receive personalized information that will help them better understand the surgery.
In addition, your own physician will be able to help you sift through the myths and facts, as well as the options available.
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. During the hysterectomy, your doctor also may remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries.
The three most common reasons women have a hysterectomy are uterine fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic prolapse, said Dr. Jeff Arrington, an OB/GYN at the Ogden Clinic Women's Health Center in McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.