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Dr. Kelly refused to accept the name of ventrofixation or hysteropexy. The uterus is not fixed. He prefers the name of suspensio-uteri as more accurately describing the condition. In the past five years he has performed this operation one hundred and seventy times and thirty-seven times in the past year. The indications for the operation are extreme local discomfort associated with uterine displacements, and neurasthenia, with backache and headache. In the first class of cases, with local symptoms but no general symptoms, the operation is plain. In the last series of cases it is difficult to say just when the operation is indicated. The most brilliant cures, however, have been in this class of cases. He is willing to take the chances and fail in four cases in order to get one good cure. Of the 132 cases reported, 90 were married; and of the 78 per cent. had
KELLY HA. SUSPENSIO UTERI—THE PROPER METHOD OF PERFORMING IT, AND ITS RESULTS. JAMA. 1895;XXV(8):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430340018001f
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