Risk is an element of any medical procedure, particularly major surgeries. However, if you or someone you love suffered severe complications associated with a hysterectomy, we encourage you to contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC to discuss your case. If your injuries were severe, or they caused long-term injury or disability, you may have legal rights and options.
Potential Risks of Hysterectomy Surgery
Although rare, there are some more serious complications associated with hysterectomy surgery, both laparoscopic and non-laparoscopic surgery.
- Blood loss requiring transfusion
- Pulmonary embolism
- Need for an additional incision
- Internal organ puncture (bladder or bowel)
Statistically, the risks associated with hysterectomy are more common when the procedure is performed laparoscopically than when performed open abdominally. There are also a variety of common, minor side effects of hysterectomy, including:
- Minor hematoma
- Minor blood loss
Potential Ongoing Side Effects of Hysterectomy
Some women who undergo hysterectomy suffer from the following side effects after they have been discharged from the hospital. These persistent issues can include:
- Trouble with urination, since the ovaries are part of the system that supports the uterus.
- Muscle weakness in the affected area
- Vaginal bleeding up to six weeks post-surgery
- Early onset menopause
Hospitalization After Hysterectomy
Some women may have to return to their doctors, or the emergency room, after hysterectomy because they are experiencing concerning side effects, such as heavy bleeding, inability to keep down fluids, swollen lymph nodes, severe pain, and increased heart rate accompanied by hot flashes or sweating. In most cases, women can go home two to four days after surgery, but women who continue to experience severe side effects may need to be re-hospitalized.
Contact the Portland medical malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today if you or a loved one experienced severe hysterectomy complications. We provide free consultations and our clients don’t pay unless we win!