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Hysterectomy May Have Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 4 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – Women who undergo a hysterectomy are at greater risk for heart disease and other health issues – even if they keep their ovaries, new research suggests. "Hysterectomy is the second most common gynecologic surgery, and most are done for benign reasons, because most physicians believe that this surgery has minimal long-term risks," said lead researcher Dr. Shannon ...

Many U.S. Women Unaware of Fibroid Treatments: Poll

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Many American women with uterine fibroids don't know there's a minimally invasive embolization technique that may be an alternative to a hysterectomy, a new poll finds. "Misperceptions about uterine fibroids and the treatments available often lead women to undergo invasive and potentially unnecessary surgery for their fibroids, despite more than 20 years of clinical use ...

Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A minimally invasive procedure for uterine fibroids may be "under-used" in U.S. hospitals, compared with surgery, a new study suggests. The study looked at a national sample of hospitals and found that fewer fibroid patients are undergoing hysterectomy – surgical removal of the uterus. But hysterectomy remains much more common compared with a less-invasive procedure ...

U.S. Deaths From Cervical Cancer May Be Underestimated

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds. "This is a preventable disease and women should not be getting it, let alone dying from it," study leader Anne Rositch, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in ...

Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – The use of power morcellators – cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures – has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal ...

FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators – devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. ...

Doctors Rally in Support of Fibroid Device Curbed by FDA

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Dozens of gynecologists, cancer doctors and women's health experts are challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning on a power device used to remove fibroid growths from a woman's uterus. The tool – a laparoscopic power morcellator – grinds up fibroid growths during minimally invasive surgery. The group of experts claim that curbing its use may force patients ...

Hysterectomy at Younger Age Tied to Heart Disease Risks

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Hysterectomy is associated with an increased likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors and disease, especially among younger women, a new study suggests. Mayo Clinic researchers looked at data from more than 7,600 women. Half of the group had a hysterectomy, while the other half (the "control" group) didn't have the procedure. Women who had a hysterectomy before age 35 ...

Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 – Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly. Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the time of the procedure, researchers found, with the odds being highest for patients over the age ...

Avoidance of Hormone Therapy May Have Harmed Hysterectomy Patients: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 18 – Widespread discontinuance of hormone replacement therapy in the past decade possibly contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 U.S. women who had had a hysterectomy, a new analysis contends. The findings refer only to women who've had a hysterectomy and then experience menopausal symptoms, the researchers emphasized. "In women who have had a hysterectomy who have symptoms of ...

Hysterectomy May Not Raise Heart Risks After All: Study

Posted 14 May 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 14 – Women who have a hysterectomy are not in danger of increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, a new study says. Although earlier research had found higher chances of cardiovascular disease in the years following a hysterectomy, different criteria were used in this latest study, the researchers noted. "If women are contemplating hysterectomy, they don't need ...

Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy Often Not Best Option, Ob/Gyn Group Says

Posted 15 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 15 – Despite claims to the contrary in "widespread marketing and advertising," expensive robotic surgery for hysterectomy is neither the only nor the best minimally invasive approach for the operation, according to a leading group representing obstetricians and gynecologists. "It is important to separate the marketing hype from the reality when considering the best surgical ...

Removing Ovaries During Hysterectomy Won't Raise Other Health Risks: Study

Posted 29 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27 – Among women who have had a hysterectomy, those whose ovaries were also removed had a lower risk of subsequent ovarian cancer and no greater risks of heart disease, hip fractures or other types of cancer, a new study indicates. Using data gathered from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study, the researchers analyzed more than 25,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 who ...

Weight Linked to Complications in Some Hysterectomy Patients

Posted 6 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6 – Compared with normal weight women, obese women are more likely to experience bleeding and infections during and after a hysterectomy, a new study indicates. Researchers in Denmark analyzed data from 20,353 women who had a hysterectomy to treat non-cancerous conditions such as abnormal bleeding during menstruation, benign muscle tumors and pain. Women with a body-mass index ...

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