The Risks and Benefits of Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

You and your gyno have probably thought long and hard about
the benefits of hysterectomy, and women who face hysterectomy very likely have
not had successful medical treatments for this condition. This post will
mention a few benefits, but also a list of all unlikely, but possible
complications of the procedure so that you can go into to your surgery
understanding what your risks are. Having a realistic conversation with your own physician can help you get
a feel for just what complications are most likely in you, and what are the
chances of avoiding these complications. Women who have a laparoscopic
hysterectomy can cure conditions that were not being treated by medication. Your
period bleeding will stop, you are unlikely to ever get uterine cancer, and you
likely will be able to stop having pap smears. Furthermore, it can be done so
effectively, and with so few adhesions that patients can resume work within a
few days to a week or two. Risks are many, and women should not make these
plans lightly. Fortunately serious complications are rare and can be corrected.
It is not uncommon to have infection, bleeding, swelling or a scar at the
surgical site. For women who have a lot of disease, a long operation, and
several incision sites, there can even be worse pain during healing. It is
important to realize that allergic reactions can occur to either medications or
to products, such as those that are used in the bandages. Patients can have some
numbness from the table positioning in surgery. Women who have their uterus
removed cannot become pregnant or carry their babies in their body. If the
ovaries are left intact they still may function more poorly or a woman may go
through menopause earlier than she would have otherwise. Organ damage can occur
with these surgeries, including damage to the bowel, to the kidney, to the
ureter, or surrounding structures. Surgical complications, from any procedure,
include the risk of infection, bleeding, deep blood vessel clot, strokes and
heart attacks. Those who require blood may have a reaction. Your surgeon may
have to open the abdomen to finish your procedure safely creating a scar larger
than you thought you would get. Although cure is very likely, whatever the
reason for the hysterectomy, sometimes women are not cured, and sometimes new
problems are introduced such as problems with bladder control.

 
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