The HERS Foundation has an educational video about the female anatomy. On the same page is a link to a petition to provide every woman with the same 12 minute HERS video “Female Anatomy: the Functions of the Female Organs” prior to being told to sign a hysterectomy consent form.
It was worth twelve minutes of my time to watch the video.
The 2007 CNNHealth.com article "5 operations you don't want to get -- and what to do instead" has hysterectomies at the top of the list, followed by episiotomies.
From the 2007 AC article Unnecessary Surgery: The Four Most Common Unwarranted Operations:
Hysterectomy. This procedure ranks second behind a Caesarean section as the most commonly-performed surgery on women in the United States. About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed here each year. A 2000 study revealed that around 70 per cent of the hysterectomies in 9 Southern California managed-care facilities were inappropriately recommended. The most common mistake cited was physicians' failure to try less-invasive and safer approaches first.
Also found in the same Google search for "unnecessary surgery" was the article about the $30 million "rent-a-patient" insurance scam at the Unity Outpatient Surgery Center in 2007.
Chan, 61, was the owner and medical director at Unity. Authorities said he performed 211 unnecessary procedures on 208 patients, billing $9.5 million in claims, of which $1.8 million was paid to the clinic.
Rosenberg, 60, and Hampton, 51, also performed hundreds of procedures, billing insurers $21 million in claims, of which $3.3 million were paid, prosecutors said.