How should women and their doctors decide whether to have a hysterectomy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

While hysterectomy can alleviate the pain, pressure, and bleeding caused by conditions of the uterus, and many women are pleased with the result, the pros and cons of surgery always must be weighed carefully. There are many cases when surgery might be completely unnecessary.

So how should women and their doctors decide? It is a complex judgment call. Much will depend on why a hysterectomy is being considered, the type of hysterectomy offered, a woman's goal for treatment, and her willingness to tolerate side effects or symptoms. It also may depend on where she lives, as doctors practicing in certain geographical regions are more hysterectomy-centric.

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