Are Hysterectomies Always Necessary? Part 1

Kim Zuver felt the warm gush the moment she stood up behind her desk. Blood was everywhere — on her legs, on her shoes and even on the floor.

The Toledo, Ohio, executive assistant had experienced menstrual periods with heavy bleeding, but nothing like this had ever happened. In the days that followed, though, Zuver underwent a laparoscopic procedure and a dilation and curettage (D&C). She learned that she had a uterine fibroid that was the size of a six-month fetus blocking and compressing other organs, as well as a series of several smaller fibroids. Eventually, she underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy. That operation included the removal of her uterus and both of her ovaries through an abdominal incision.

“In my case, this was a very necessary surgery,” Zuver said. “I had intense uncontrolled bleeding, cramping — that I didn’t associate with anything beyond my normal periods because it had gone on so long — and incredible pain. On top of that, I had already had cancer.”

In the United States, 600,000 hysterectomies are performed every year, with a total cost in excess of $5 billion, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1980 and 1993, at least 8.6 million women had hysterectomies. By the time a woman is 60 years old, there is a 1-in-4 chance she has had a hysterectomy. And the most frequent conditions associated with hysterectomy are fibroid tumors, endometriosis and uterine prolapse.

However, alternative treatments exist unless the fibroids are so invasive that they are impairing the function of other organs or there is evidence of cancer in the uterus, cervix or other reproductive organs. In his book, “The Hysterectomy Hoax,” Dr. Stanley West, an OB-GYN endocrinologist, asserts that up to 90 percent of the hysterectomies performed in this country are unnecessary.

“Fibroids are always benign regardless of what anybody tells you. They can be removed without taking out the uterus through a myomectomy,” West said. “In most cases, for most conditions, there are alternatives. For instance, uterine prolapse can be treated by re-suspending the uterus.”

West performs about five myomectomies a week to remove uterine fibroids. By comparison, he does only three hysterectomies a year. Most of the patients who consult with him come to his New York City-based practice seeking second opinions.

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