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Experts: Two-Thirds of Hysterectomies Unnecessary

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Too Many Hysterectomies? One-third of all women get a hysterectomy before they turn 60. Some experts think two-thirds of them don't need it.

Searing back pain. Endless periods with clots the size of plums. Bloating that turns even your "fat" pants into a tourniquet. Every year, symptoms like these drive thousands of women to consider getting a hysterectomy. The surgery is so popular, in fact, that one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy before they turn 60. For many, the procedure provides real relief.

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