|April 2006 · Vol. 18, No. 4
Why are we obsessed with hysterectomy?
My colleagues, we are fixated on hysterectomy.
I’m tired of hearing, year after year, that the hysterectomy rate is stuck at 600,000 in the United States. We can justify this any way we prefer, but why do we have one of the highest rates in the developed world? Is it because we accept only amenorrhea as a sign of success, necessitating extirpation of the “diseased” organ? After all, we can do a vaginal hysterectomy in a snap, and the recovery is easy. Or is it our love of the many innovative “toys” used in laparoscopic hysterectomy?