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C-Section Rate in U.S. Climbs to All-Time High: Report
Date:7/19/2011

ll hospitals performed at the level of the best hospitals, 35 percent of these complications (30,675) might have been prevented.
  • Although hysterectomies are the most common gynecological procedure performed, representing 79 percent of procedures, the number has decreased since 2002, by 31 percent.
  • Of the 19 states included in the report, the highest rates of C-section deliveries were in Florida (38.6 percent) and New Jersey (38 percent). The lowest rate was in Utah (22.4 percent).
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    For more information on cesarean section delivery, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

    SOURCES: Divya Cantor, M.D., M.B.A., senior physician consultant, HealthGrades; Alan Fleischman, M.D., medical director, March of Dimes, White Plains, N.Y.; July 19, 2011, report, HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals


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