RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Hysterectomy is generally very safe, but with any major surgery comes the risk of complications.
Risks associated with abdominal hysterectomy include:
- Blood clots
- 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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