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Major Complications of a Myomectomy

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Presentation: Myomectomy
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Major complications include, but are not limited to:
· Serious bleeding
· Serious infection
· Organ damage including the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and/or ureters
· Damage to the intestines - including a perforation, or a hole, in its lining or a burn injury
· Blood vessel injury
· Blood clots
· Nerve injury
· Wound breakdown
· Lung or heart problems, including pneumonia
· Lung or heart failure
· Reactions to medication or anesthesia
· Other rare and unlikely events.
Depending on the individual situation, a major complication may lead to a longer hospital stay, blood transfusion, or a repeat surgery. A surgery such as this could possibly require immediate major abdominal surgery, a hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, or, in rare instances, placement of a colostomy. Other major complications, in extreme cases, may result in permanent disability, paralysis or loss of life.



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