Hysterectomy complications down
Studying hospital discharge records for nearly 650,000 California women over a 13-year period, UC Davis researchers have found that complications from hysterectomies have significantly declined. Published in the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study also found that the overall number of hysterectomies declined, as did the rate based on population. Lead author Lloyd Smith, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said hysterectomies are being used more judiciously by California physicians thanks to alternatives for dealing with the pain and excessive bleeding women can experience as they age. However, the study found that African-American women had higher rates of medical and surgical complications as well as readmissions to hospitals when compared to non-Hispanic white women.