Myomectomy Complications

Major Myomectomy Complications

There are also some major complications, which do not occur very often. Your health may play a role in whether some of these problems happen. For example, people have a higher chance of major myomectomy complications if they:
  • Have severe heart disease
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Use tobacco
  • Have had other abdominal surgeries
  • Have kidney or lung disease.
Major myomectomy 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 hole) in its lining or a burn injury
  • Blood vessel injury
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve injury
  • Wound breakdown
  • Heart or lung problems, including pneumonia
  • Heart or lung failure
  • Reactions to medication or anesthesia
  • Other rare and unlikely events.
Depending on the individual situation, a major complication from a myomectomy may lead to a longer stay, a blood transfusion, or a repeat surgery. A surgery such as this could possibly include immediate major abdominal surgery, a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), or, in rare instances, placement of a colostomy. In extreme cases, other major risks may lead to permanent disability, paralysis, or loss of life.

Myomectomy Complications: Final Thoughts

It may be that in your doctor's practice, few of these myomectomy complications have happened, or they have occurred only rarely. However, it is important for you to know and understand the possible myomectomy risks so that you are fully informed before your procedure.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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