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CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports that hundreds of thousands of American women get invasive surgery - when a far-less-painful and invasive option is available. Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, LaPook reports. About 600,000 of them are done every year in this country.

But the vast majority are done the old-fashioned way, with a large surgical incision, lots of pain, and a six-to-eight-week recovery. Surgical innovations, though, including laparoscopic techniques, can make Hysterectomies and other surgeries a lot less painful for patients.

If you have any questions about hysterctomies or minimally invasive surgeries, drop us a note. Our medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and gynecologic surgeon Dr. Lori Warren will be answering some of them. Check back right here Friday for the answers.


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