By Dr. Lori Warren
Gynecologist and Expert in Minimally Evasive Surgery
Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure in the United States, with approximately 600,000 procedures performed annually.
Dr. Lori Warren reveals the story further with Dr. Jon LaPook on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric:
But a vast majority of women don't know there are modern options when it comes to this surgery.
Today, 70% of hysterectomies performed are abdominal hysterectomies. This open incision surgery is outdated for the majority of conditions, and unfortunately most women are not made aware of less invasive hysterectomy options that exist.
It is time for women to start asking about their hysterectomy choices.
Advances in laparoscopic techniques and technologies have given surgeons the ability to perform less invasive hysterectomies.
So why aren't minimally invasive techniques the standard of care for gynecologic surgery?
Why aren't women informed about their option for a less invasive procedure?
Many reasons, including lack of training, reluctance of gynecologists to accept new innovations, and insufficient funding and reimbursement from insurance companies top the list.
Lori L. Warren, M.D. is an expert in minimally invasive surgery and has created a website betterhysterectomy.com to serve as an educational tool for women to learn about hysterectomy choices and to empower them to ask for minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Lori Warren was born in Ithaca, NY. She received both her Bachelors degree and Medical degree at the University of Kentucky, and completed her residency training at Tufts University, Boston MA. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since 1991, she has been a physician in the practice of Women First of Louisville. Women First is a medical practice specializing in obstetrics and gynecology founded in 1989. As an Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgeon, Dr. Warren has worked nationally and internationally to train other surgeons in laparoscopic techniques.
She is ardently devoted to reducing the excessive number of unnecessary abdominal “open” hysterectomies performed in the United States.
Dr. Warren's ultimate goal is to inform women throughout the country about their surgical options.