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You've heard
of this common
surgery, but
there's more
you may not
know BY HOLLY FORD

6

SUMM ER 2017

I

f you're a woman, the word
"hysterectomy" is a familiar
one, especially if you're of a
certain age. But how much do
you really know about the procedure?
Despite the fact that it is the second
most common major surgery for
women today, there are still many
misconceptions about the procedure, its impact on the body and how
to manage resulting side effects.
University of Virginia Health System
gynecologic surgeon Kenneth Barron,
MD, helps clarify some of these
common misconceptions.
Fortunately, new technology and
surgical techniques championed by

academic medical centers like UVA have
altered this procedure for the better.
Approximately 500,000 women in the
U.S. have a hysterectomy each year,
according to the National Women's
Health Network. Today, many of them-
around 18 percent-go home the day
of the procedure, Barron says.
"Over the past 20 years, we have
been refining minimally invasive techniques for hysterectomy. What once
required a large incision and a threeto four-day hospital stay today can be
done laparoscopically with a small incision and a 24-hour stay," he says. This
shift to a minimally invasive approach
means that of those women requiring



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