Study: Hysterectomy should avoid healthy ovaries

April 22, 2009 9:48:51 AM PDT
Some doctors are challenging conventional wisdom about removing healthy ovaries when a woman has a hysterectomy. New research claims removing healthy ovaries may put women at higher risk of death from heart disease and lung cancer.

Doctors have recommended for decades that women who get a hysterectomy consider having their ovaries also taken out to prevent ovarian cancer. But a study in the May issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology says routine removal is not a good idea.

Though the risk for ovarian cancer declined after ovary removal, researchers say, the risk of heart disease and stroke for women under 50 nearly doubled.