In the United States for the past several years there have been about 600,000 hysterectomies. This is a figure that has been quoted over and over again. About 90 percent of these hysterectomies are for benign disease. It is the most frequent and non-obstetrical major surgical procedure and the rate of hysterectomy in the United States, which is the highest in the industrialized world, is 5.4 per 1,000 women annually. Think of it in this way, 16 to 25 percent of all adult women have had a hysterectomy and one in three women have had a hysterectomy by age 60. That is the US figure, in Canada it is one in four, similar to us.