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Hysterectomy Complications

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Hysterectomy ComplicationsWhat are some of the complications that I might experience after a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a common, relatively safe operation; however, as with any major surgery, there are risks involved. Complications can range from minor to life-threatening, and can occur either during or after surgery. Even though the incident rate is low for most complications, it should still be considered when making a decision about a hysterectomy. While statistics can be on your side, becoming the statistic can be a very challenging situation, both emotionally and physically.

Complications are not necessarily the result of any mistakes or neglect on the part of anyone involved in your surgery. There are many variables that come into play, including your overall health, diagnosis, surgery type, skill of your surgeon, surgical team, and more. Some complications can be anticipated and avoided, and some are completely unexpected.

Below are some of the more common, though still rare, complications that may occur:
  • Adhesions
  • Allergic reaction to medication
  • Anesthesia reaction
  • Bladder issues
  • Blood clot
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Breathing issues
  • Fever
  • Fistula
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Injury to other organs or tissues
  • Nerve damage
  • Psychological issues
  • Pre-mature ovarian failure
  • Prolapse
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vaginal cuff tear
  • Very rarely, death may occur

If you are particularly concerned about any of these, be sure to talk to your surgeon about it. He/she may be able to provide information on your specific risk and help calm your fears.


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.

11-18-2013 - 06:49 PM


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