Hysterectomy Surgery Risks

Knowing What to Expect

When considering hysterectomy surgery, understanding the benefits and risks is essential to making a well-informed decision. Although every woman should assess whether or not hysterectomy is the right choice on an individual basis, it is important to understand that all types of hysterectomy surgeries will entail some inherent risks. On a general basis, a hysterectomy will pose similar risks and complications associated with any major surgery, including the risk for:

  • Infection
  • Hemorrhaging or blood loss
  • Adhesions
  • Post-operative pain
  • Allergic reactions to medications
  • Anesthesia-related complications
  • Urinary incontinence, frequency, or urgency

Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed and is generally very safe. In addition to typical physical responses to surgery, hysterectomy can also uniquely affect the lives of women emotionally and psychologically. The removal of the uterus, as well as other female reproductive organs, has been found to have several emotional and sexual side effects. These may include any of the following:

  • Decreased sexual sensation / pleasure
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hormonal side effects, including cardiovascular problems and osteoporosis
  • Depression and anxiety

It must be mentioned that there is still much to learn about the emotional and psychological repercussions of hysterectomy surgery. All women react differently to the procedure, and a great deal of what you can expect after hysterectomy surgery is linked directly to the information and research you collect and how you prepare yourself as an individual. Sexual side effects, for example, vary drastically from case to case. Some women may experience reduced sexual enjoyment while others may find that their sex lives improve. The same disparity holds true for other emotional side effects.

When weighing the risks of a hysterectomy surgery, discussing the procedure openly with your doctor and loved ones is essential. In addition, seeking a second medical opinion and speaking with women who have undergone the procedure can also prepare you for what to expect. At Hysterectomy.com, we strive to act as a comprehensive resource and support system that guides women through the decision process and their lives after hysterectomy. If you wish to learn more about the risks of hysterectomy surgery, including risks specific to your particular surgery and / or condition, please complete a contact form. Find the information, resources, and support you need to successfully navigate this journey.