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Hysterectomy statistics – England and Wales

In 2005/06 38,831 hysterectomies were performed in NHS hospitals in England, these figures include both NHS and private patients who were treated in an NHS hospital in England, they included patients from other parts of the UK who were also treated in NHS hospitals in England.

The figures for England for 2005/06 can be broken down as follows:

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  • Abdominal hysterectomy: – 32,184 with 510 emergency operations carried out.
  • Vaginal hysterectomy: –  6,641 with 40 emergency operations carried out
  • Removal of the cervix (not necessarily in conjunction with a hysterectomy): – 18,586 with 131 emergency operations carried out
  • Removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes (not necessarily in conjunction with a hysterectomy): – 2693 with 98 emergency operations carried out
  • Removal of one ovary and fallopian tube (not necessarily in conjunction with a hysterectomy): – 3076 with 645 emergency operations carried out (the high rate of emergency probably relates to ectopic pregnancy).

The figures for Scotland are: 4,417 hysterectomies in 2005 and 4,466 in 2006 with around 550 including removal of both ovaries.

You can find a complete set of hysterectomy statistics on our statistics page.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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