Potential Complications of Hysterectomy

non surgical treatments

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure involving the complete removal of the uterus that may address a wide range of medical conditions ranging from uterine fibroids to reproductive cancers. In cases of uterine cancer, hysterectomy is the only viable solution for treatment, so it is worth the risks that accompany surgery. However, unfortunately for women the most common reason why women undergo hysterectomy is not cancer but for fibroids which are benign tumors.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (or UFE) can successfully reduce symptoms without the need for any surgery and the potential complications associated with hysterectomy. In addition, there are consequences for women that undergo hysterectomy and lose their uterus.

Long recovery

Hysterectomy is most commonly performed as an open (non-laparoscopic) surgical procedure. This is accompanied by a long recovery process (6-8 weeks or more) Even with today's less invasive surgeries, patients may still have a recovery period of a month or more.

Lingering side effects

Following a hysterectomy, many women are affected psychologically, sexually, and have markedly increased risk for osteoporosis. Immediate menopause may also be triggered with hysterectomy even in women where the surgery did not remove the ovaries.

Surgical complications

Any surgical procedure has inherent risks associated with the use of general anesthesia. Complications specific to hysterectomy include damage to nearby organs, bleeding, and infection of the wound or urinary tract. Vaginal hysterectomy may increase the likelihood of prolapse down the road.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical alternative to hysterectomy with a high success rate and much fewer procedural risks. If you have fibroids and are seeking relief from your symptoms, go to gotfibroids.com to learn about fibroids and UFE.