A Less Invasive Option
With incisions no bigger than keyholes and recovery time reduced by two-thirds, some women are opting to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy rather than a conventional hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is the most common non-pregancy-related surgical procedure for women in the United States; more than 600,000 are performed a year. Only a quarter of these surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive way.
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SOURCES: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hysterectomy Resource Center, National Women's Health Information Center
GRAPHIC: Brenna Maloney And Patterson Clark - The Washington Post, October 2, 2007