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Are the complication risks equal for all women when undergoing hysterectomy?

In any surgery, the risk of developing complications is different for each patient.

The risks and complications of this procedure depend upon the type of hysterectomy performed and the patient’s overall health condition. It is essential for every woman to discuss the potential risks and complications with their gynecologist. This procedure is usually safe, but as with any other surgery, some complications might occur. The most common risks associated with hysterectomy are infections, blood clots, bleeding.

Some patients are at greater risk than others. Essentially, the risks depend on the patient’s general health. For example:

  • if there is an underlying medical condition, the risks related to anesthesia are greater
  • the complication risks increase with greater parity
  • serious illnesses can increase the complication risks
  • obesity can be an important risk factor
  • obesity can increase the risks of bleeding and infections 

Another risk that may occur following hysterectomy is to develop depression. Women at the highest risk of suffering from depression after hysterectomy are women:

  • who have existing psychological problems
  • with no symptom relief after the procedure
  • with serious postoperative complications or side effects
  • who have rushed or have been rushed into hysterectomy without understanding the implications.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/