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Hysterectomy (cont.)

Hysterectomy Risks and Complications

Complications of hysterectomy, as with any major surgical procedure, include bleeding and infection along with any risks related to the drugs used in anesthesia. Other possible complications specific to hysterectomy include injury to the bowel, bladder, or ureter; nerve damage; and urinary tract infection.

If a premenopausal woman undergoes hysterectomy with concurrent removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), menopausal symptoms typically begin. These symptoms can include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and discomfort during sexual intercourse, and mood disturbances. If appropriate, these symptoms can be managed with hormone therapy (HT).

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