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What are the risks of having a hysterectomy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most women do not have health problems during or after the surgery, but some of the risks of a hysterectomy include:

Injury to nearby organs, such as the bowel, urinary tract, bladder, rectum, or blood vessels Pain during sexual intercourse Early menopause, if the ovaries are removed Anesthesia problems, such as breathing or heart problems Allergic reactions to medicines Blood clots in the legs or lungs. These can be fatal. Infection Heavy bleeding This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center

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