Hysterectomy—Laparoscopic Surgery
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What is Hysterectomy—Laparoscopic Surgery?

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You may have a hysterectomy if your uterus is causing health problems that cannot be treated by other means. Some reasons a woman may have a hysterectomy are to:

  • Treat cancers (eg, uterine , endometrial, ovarian cancers)
  • Remove uterine fibroids —noncancerous tumors that grow in the muscle of the uterus
  • Treat chronic pelvic pain
  • Treat heavy bleeding

Explore your options before having a hysterectomy. There are other treatments for many of these problems.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have hysterectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Injured pelvic organs (bowel and/or bladder)
  • Urinary incontinence (problems controlling your urine)
  • Loss of ovarian function and early menopause
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Previous pelvic surgery or serious infection
  • Use of medicines during the past month

Discuss the risks with your doctor before surgery.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following...

 
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