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Hysterectomy Facts and Statistics

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Basic Numbers from the united states

From WomensHealth.gov:
  • Hysterectomy is the 2nd-most common surgery among women.
  • 22,000,000+ women have had a hysterectomy.
From ACOG 2011 Women's Health Stats:
  • 33.3% will have a hysterectomy by the age of 60.
  • 500,000+ hysterectomies are performed every year.
  • 18% of all hysterectomies in 2008 were performed as outpatient surgeries.
  • Fibroids accounted for 44% of hysterectomies in 2000 and 31% in 2008.
  • 4.7 per 1,000 women have hysterectomy in South and Midwest.
  • 3.9 per 1,000 have hysterectomy in Northeast.

Hysterectomy Types in the United states

From the National Institutes of Health:
  • Among 518,828 hysterectomies in a 2005 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 14% were laparoscopic, 64% abdominal, and 22% vaginal.
  • The odds of laparoscopic compared with abdominal hysterectomy were higher in the West than in the Northeast.
  • Women older than 35 years are more likely to have an abdominal hysterectomy.
  • Women with low income, Medicare, Medicaid, or no health insurance are more likely to have either a vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy rather than laparoscopic.


Hysterectomy Trends from HysterSisters.com

HysterSisters.com membership to date is 447,852. Since 2003, HysterSisters.com has invited its members to participate in a member survey. As of July 1, 2014, 170,000 members have voluntarily participated in the survey.

Questions we ask include questions such as:

  • How did you find HysterSisters.com?
  • What is your zip code?
  • What is your birthday?
  • What is the reason or suspected reason for your hysterectomy?
  • Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What kind?
  • What kind of hysterectomy will/did you have?
  • Did you get a second opinion before having a hysterectomy?
  • Did/Will you keep cervix?
  • Did/Will you keep ovaries?
  • Have you had a tubal ligation?
  • Will/Do you use hormone replacement therapy?

Learning from Hysterectomy Patients Over Time

Because HysterSisters has been collecting statistics from its members since 2003, trends are followed from quarter to quarter and year to year. Specific changes in hysterectomy trends within the HysterSisters community are markedly different than those within the national numbers reported by NHI and ACOG. "It is the belief that the differences between national trend statistics and the HysterSisters.com community survey are explained by the type of woman who is online, researching and educating herself about her hysterectomy. Education is power when it comes to selecting the least invasive treatment and surgery options available," explained HysterSisters founder, Kathy Kelley.

HysterSIsters Demographics Statistics

75% of HysterSisters members live within the United States and represent all zip codes. 10% of members live in the UK, 6% in Canada, and 3% in Australia. HysterSisters.com members tend to have at least some college education with the majority having a college degree or higher. Income levels at HysterSisters reflect annual incomes above $60,000.

Hysterectomy Types

Abdominal Hysterectomy Following HysterSisters members since 2003, the most notable change in hysterectomy trend is "Hysterectomy Type." In 2003, members reported numbers reflecting the national abdominal hysterectomy statistics of 60%. In July 2014, however, the numbers reflected a much smaller percentage of 28.8%.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy In 2003, 14.3% of members reported having laparoscopic surgery for their hysterectomy. In 2014, 53.8% members report having a laparoscopic surgery.

Last edited July 3, 2014



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