Risks

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

Risks associated with an 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
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