With any major surgery, risk is involved. Complications can include problems with the anesthesia, infection, and possible risk of death. Luckily in this day and age, with professional and skilled doctors, clean environments, and a broader understanding of the human body, hysterectomy complications for most are low. One in every 10,000 given anesthetic will experience complications. Serious complications include nerve damage and allergic reactions. Death may occur every one of 100,000 times. Other rare risks of hysterectomy complications that you should be aware of include:
Bleeding: while rare, hemorrhaging can occur and may require a blood transfusion.
In rare cases, damage to abdominal organs such as the bladder or bowel can occur, which may lead to problems like infection, incontinence, or a frequent need to urinate.
The ureter (the tube urine passes through) is damaged in 1 percent of cases.
Thrombosis: blood clots that form in the veins and interferes with blood circulation. Moving and walking around soon after your surgery will help prevent clots.
Other hysterectomy complications may include a wound infection or a urinary tract infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.
Women in need of a hysterectomy should know the risk factors included in this type of surgery, and for women who are voluntarily choosing a hysterectomy, researching side effects, healing time, and risk is especially important to factor in when making your final decision.
To learn more about hysterectomy complications, make an appointment to speak to your doctor at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, where we specialize in cancer treatment, rectal health and hysterectomy surgeries in Las Vegas.