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Possible Complications from Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (LSH)

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woman holding abdomen in painWhat kind of complications are associated with the laparoscopic hysterectomy?


Whether or not you have an abdominal incision with visible staples or stitches, with any hysterectomy type you will have many (possibly hundreds of) internal stitches. It is this internal healing that can take anywhere from six months to a year to be complete.

If you strain yourself too soon, one of the most catastrophic things that can happen is that you can tear some of your stitches. This can result in bleeding, possibly even hemorrhaging. In a few cases this has required emergency surgery and blood transfusions.

The trouble is that some of the damage you might do can cause long-term results, which are not possible to detect while you are doing it. When your tissues are healing, they are very sensitive to being pulled and squeezed.

Scar tissue wants to form wherever there are internal incisions, and if there is even a tiny amount of bleeding inside it can cause areas to stick together, with the result that bridges of scar tissue can form between organs or tissues that should not normally be connected.

During weeks 3–4, your incisions may be itchy and perhaps give you strange sensations ranging from numbness to tingles. Your swelly belly may be bothersome as well, looking fine in the morning but feeling achy and swollen by the evening.

HysterSisters who had LSH have reported these post-op concerns:
  • Mini periods that were not "mini"

  • Development of dysplasia in cervix that required cervix removal

  • Nicked bowel during surgery

  • Nicked bladder during surgery

According to one study, the overall complication rate was slim, and most complications were minor. These results compare favorably with those of vaginal or abdominal hysterectomies.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-29-2003 - 05:37 AM


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