Risks involved in hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is the operation by which a woman’s uterus gets removed. In certain cases, the fallopian tubes (the tubes that carry the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus) and ovaries (the organs that produce eggs and other female hormones) also get removed as part of the surgery. Hysterectomy has become quite common now days. Usually, this operation does not involve much threat and the subjected woman’s life goes on with out any change in her life pattern. However, in certain cases, risks are likely to develop during the course of operation and afterwards. It is good to be aware of the possible risks before deciding on hysterectomy. Of course, the chance of getting pregnant after hysterectomy is dismal, as the uterus itself has been taken out of the body.

Blood clot is a likely phenomenon that may occur after hysterectomy. As in the case of any other surgery, the operated woman is susceptible to infections. The possibility of infection is found to be more in an abdominal hysterectomy than in a vaginal hysterectomy. Post surgery bleeding is yet another risk involved. Adverse anaesthesia reactions are also likely. Though rare, hysterectomy might have an impact on urinary system. If in case of such trouble, other surgeries will have to be done to get it rectified. Sometimes, rectum also might get damaged in the course of hysterectomy.

If you happen to be a woman with regular menstrual cycle, keep in mind that hysterectomy might result in early menopause. The possibility for early menopause onset is more if one of the ovaries is taken out. Post-hysterectomy medication might cause allergies or other side effects as well. Constipation generally occurs in women after hysterectomy. After the surgery, women should not lift up heavy objects as such a strenuous effort might reopen the incision made. However, with proper care these risks can be minimised.

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