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Many types of problems can happen, and we cannot list all of them here. Some of the major problems that can happen are:
· Serious infection
· Serious bleeding
· Organ damage, including the intestines, bladder, ureters, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries
· Major blood vessel injury
· Formation of a fistula, which is an abnormal opening or tunnel between two structures
· Blood clots
· Wound breakdown
· Nerve injury
· Bladder or urinary tract injury
· Intestine or bowel injury
· Abdominal adhesions, which may cause a bowel obstruction,
· Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control
· Reaction to medication
· Other rare and unlikely events.
Depending on what happens, one of these major problems might mean you will need a blood transfusion, a longer hospital stay, or another surgery. Your surgeon might also need to change the surgery to an abdominal hysterectomy, or you may need to have immediate major abdominal surgery, get a temporary or permanent colostomy, or have a repeat surgery at a later time. In extreme cases, a major complication may result in permanent disability, paralysis, or loss of life.
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