“…every 10 minutes, 12 hysterectomies are performed in the United States.”
– 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States (170,000 – 300,000 due to uterine fibroids)
– Over 5 billion dollars spent annually on hysterectomies (medical expense of procedures only)
– Average time off from work to recover from a hysterectomy is 6 weeks (144 million lost work hours)
– 60% of all women undergoing hysterectomy have their ovaries removed
– Over 5 billion dollars spent on hormone replacement therapy annually
– 37% of all women undergo hysterectomy by age 60
– Myomectomy is performed less than 40,000 times a year in the U.S.
– Over 25,000 uterine artery embolizations have been performed worldwide since 1996.
– For every 10,000 hysterectomies performed, 11 women die. (Approximately 660 women die each year in the United States from complications of hysterectomy.)
Possibly as many as 80% of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.