• blood clots in the veins or lungs
• bleeding during or after surgery, which may require a transfusion
• bowel injury or blockage
• injury to the bladder, ureter, urinary tract, or nearby organs
• problems related to anesthesia
• death (extremely rare)
Note that generally speaking, abdominal hysterectomy requires a longer recovery period than does laparoscopic or transvaginal hysterectomy.