Hysterectomy is generally very safe, but with any major surgery comes the risk of complications.

Risks associated with abdominal hysterectomy include:

  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Damage to your urinary tract, bladder, rectum or other pelvic structures during surgery, which may require further surgical repair
  • Earlier onset of menopause even if the ovaries aren't removed
  • Rarely, death
Dec. 11, 2012