Yale study: Few patients get ovary-sparing hysterectomies

There’s a type of hysterectomy that allows women to lower their ovarian cancer risk while preserving their hormone levels, but until recently, few were receiving this procedure.

That’s according to a new study by Yale University School of Medicine researchers, published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Researchers found that, of a sample of nearly 21,000 women who received a hysterectomy for a non-cancerous condition in 2012, slightly more than 5 percent received a version in which only the fallopian tubes were removed, leaving the ovaries in place.

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