Hysterectomy is one of the commonest gynaecological surgeries done in women. It is a safe procedure and has low risks of complications. Fortunately less than 10% of women experience a major or minor complication after hysterectomy. Risks of complications are higher after open abdominal hysterectomy than with the vaginal and laparoscopic abdominal procedures.
Consult a doctor immediately if:
Consult your doctor or go to the emergency room if:
Besides the surgical risks and complications, there may be long-term physical and psychological effects of hysterectomy, such as depression and loss of sexual pleasure. If the ovaries are also removed, you will enter menopause and may experience menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Consult your doctor to know about ways to manage menopausal symptoms. It also increases your risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Discuss with the doctor to know about ways to reduce your risk of these diseases.
Who to consult
Some health professionals besides your surgeon who can be consulted after hysterectomy include:
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