The risks of hysterectomy for the majority of women are not something they have to be aware of and their hysterectomy will a liberating experience. They will go on to lead perfectly normal lives after they have recovered. However for a small number of women the reverse may be true and we have listed a number of risks of hysterectomy and other possible hysterectomy complications which may be experienced by some women.
You can find more information about each of them by following the links provided.
- Hysterectomy granulation and post operative bleeding
- Irritable bowel syndrome which is stress related
- Stress incontinence or other urinary symptoms
- Damage to the urethra and bowel, this may be more prevalent if the cervix is removed due to their proximity
- Vaginal vault prolapse
- Back pain
- Depression after hysterectomy
- Loss of sexual feeling and function
- Post operative infection
- Haematomia (a collection of blood under the wound)
- Thrombosis (blood clot)
- Has been known to trigger arthritis, but the reason is unknown
- Incisional hernia after hysterectomy
Some other conditions may also re-occur, this might include, adhesion’s, pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis. These are probably because they are all triggered by oestrogen, which the body will continue to produce naturally if a woman retains the ovaries or if a woman takes HRT if her ovaries were removed. For all of these conditions it is important to discuss with your doctor what treatment is available.
101 Handy Hints for a Happy Hysterectomy – £7.00. This is our own best selling book which is jam packed full of useful hints, tips and advice for every stage of your hysterectomy from planning to getting back to work.
Losing the Woman Within – £5.50 – is a full and frank account of the range of possible emotional impacts that a hysterectomy can have.
The Pocket Guide to Hysterectomy – £5.50 – is essential reading telling you everything you need to know about hysterectomy together with a handy glossary for all that terminology you need to know.