In 2003, most hysterectomies (90%) performed in the United States were done for benign conditions, which make up the majority of indications for this procedure. A total of 600,000 hysterectomies were performed that year, with 66% done abdominally, 22% vaginally, and 12% with laparoscopic assistance.[1,2] In all, nearly one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy by the age of 65.[1,2] Although hysterectomy is a relatively common procedure, complications may occur during or after the surgery that require the attention of a woman's health care provider. Pharmacists can help this population of women in many ways, one of which is the recognition of symptoms that necessitate immediate attention by the patient's physician.
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