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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000010
Hysterectomy 2014: Indications and Techniques

Indications and Alternatives to Hysterectomy

SOLNIK, M. JONATHAN MD, FACOG, FACS*,†; MUNRO, MALCOLM G. MD, FACOG, FRCS(C)†,‡

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Abstract

Hysterectomy remains one the most common procedures performed in North America. Because of a better understanding of a wide array of disease states and with emerging, more focused minimally invasive treatment options, a relative decline has been documented in the last several years. Although hysterectomy will ultimately eliminate all potential sources of abnormal uterine bleeding, various pharmacologic and surgical alternatives exist that may provide comparable benefit to the majority of women, especially if older than 40 years. Women experiencing chronic pelvic pain; however, should be counseled against hysterectomy until a more clear etiology has been identified.

© 2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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