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Major Complications of an Abdominal Hysterectomy

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Presentation: Abdominal Hysterectomy
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Many types of problems can happen, and we cannot list all of them here. Some of the major problems that can happen are:
· Serious infection,
· Serious bleeding,
· Organ damage, including injury to the intestines, bladder, ureters, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries,
· Major blood vessel injury,
· Formation of a fistula, which is an abnormal opening between two structures,
· Blood clots,
· Wound breakdown,
· Nerve injury,
· Bladder and urinary tract injury
· Intestine or bowel injury
· Abdominal adhesions, causing a bowel obstruction,
· Urinary incontinence, which is uncontrollable leakage of urine
· Reaction to medication, or
· Other rare and unlikely events.
Depending on what happens, one of these major problems might mean you will need a blood transfusion, a longer hospital stay, or another surgery. You might also need to have an immediate major abdominal surgery, get a temporary or permanent colostomy, or have a repeat surgery at a later time. In extreme cases, a major complication may result in permanent disability, paralysis, or loss of life.

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