Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, and may involve removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. This surgery is performed for a a variety of reasons, including bleeding, pain, and cancer.
Hysterectomies are performed by gynecologists, and are the most commonly performed gynecologic surgery in the United States. They are the 8th most common surgery overall.
Every year there are 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States, 90% of which are for benign conditions. This is the highest rate for this surgery in the world.
Risks of hysterectomy surgery include bleeding, infection, and injury to the urinary tract, which occurs in approximately 1 out of every 1000 cases. The mortality rate for hysterectomy is 0.38 per 1000 cases when performed for benign causes.
Of all women who have a hysterectomy, 35% will have to undergo a related surgery within 2 years.
The average cost of a hysterectomy is about $10,000. Total costs of hysterectomies in the United States is $5 billion per year.
In the United States, the rate of hysterectomies is 5.4 per 1000 women. In Canada, the rate is 3.4 per 1000 women. In Norway, the rate is 1.2 per 1000 women.
In the United States 20% of women will have had a hysterectomy by age of 40, and 33% of women have had a hysterectomy by age 65.