The majority of women will get an infection after a hysterectomy. The most common types of infections are either a urinary tract infection or abdominal wounds. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of these common infections so you can promptly treat any infection when recovering from a hysterectomy.
Wound infections happen in about three percent of women who have had abdominal hysterectomies. The risk of an abdominal wound increases if the patient is obese, smokes, has diabetes, an immunodeficiency disorder, a hematoma or another pre-existing condition.
Signs of a wound after a hysterectomy include increased pain, swelling, redness around the site, red streaks or lines leading from the wound, pus and discharge draining from the wound, foul smells around the site of the wound, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin and a high fever.
There are two types of urinary tract infections: An upper urinary tract infection includes the kidneys and ureters while the lower urinary tract infection usually involves the bladder and urethra. It is easy for one infection to spread to the other area. They are most commonly caused by the use of catheters following a hysterectomy surgery.
Common symptoms include burning or itching while urinating, an increased need to urinate, pain in the lower abdomen and/or lower back, cloudy and strange-smelling urine, fatigue, fever, shivering nausea or vomiting.
Please contact NVSCC, a Las Vegas cancer center, if you have any concerns regarding infections after a hysterectomy. Please send us a message through our contact page or call us at 702-739-6467.