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What are the risks of having a hysterectomy?

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Most women who undergo a hysterectomy have no serious problems or complications from the surgery. However, hysterectomy is considered a major surgery and is not without risks. Those complications include:

Other risks from hysterectomy include wound infections, blood clots, hemorrhage, and injury to surrounding organs, although these are uncommon.

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal prolapse (part of the vagina coming out of the body)
  • Fistula formation (an abnormal connection that forms between the vagina and bladder)
  • Chronic pain

From: Hysterectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Katz, V. Fifth Edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Gynecology,

Ethicon Endo-Surgery: "Open Surgery vs MIP for Hysterectomy" and "Risks and Complications."

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare: "Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies."

Medical News Today: "New Studies Demonstrate Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy And Colectomy When Compared To Open Surgery."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Single-Incision Laparoscopy. August 2013. Technology Assessment,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Katz, V. Fifth Edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Gynecology,

Ethicon Endo-Surgery: "Open Surgery vs MIP for Hysterectomy" and "Risks and Complications."

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare: "Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies."

Medical News Today: "New Studies Demonstrate Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy And Colectomy When Compared To Open Surgery."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Single-Incision Laparoscopy. August 2013. Technology Assessment,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

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