Some Hysterectomy Operations Not Necessary

Hundreds of thousands of women have them every year, but one doctor believes they are going about it the wrong way.

Dr. Lori Warren, a gynecologic surgeon in Louisville, says the traditional way of performing hysterectomies is a thing of the past.

The vast majority of the operations are done with a large surgical incision with a recovery time of up to eight weeks.

Dr. Warren says, "I'm outraged that doctors are still, in my mind, doing these archaic surgeries on people; we're opening them up unnecessarily."

Dr. Warren is one of a small number of doctors who performs hysterectomies with a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique.

With that technique, a tiny camera is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen.  The procedure lasts about an hour and recovery time usually lasts up to two weeks.