Hysterectomy is the second most common procedure performed for women in the United States. Laparotomy followed by inpatient hospitalization has been the traditional surgical approach. A recent report suggests that fewer women are opting for traditional procedures.
Uterine fibroids occur commonly and are the most frequent reason for hysterectomy in the United States. Recognizing the risk factors for developing fibroids can help clinicians identify affected individuals and may lead to new approaches to treatment.