What are the risks?
The physicians in this office have performed a combined total of more than 8,000 laparoscopic hysterectomies. The complication rate is less than one percent. Approximately two percent of patients develop minor infections, which can be successfully treated with antibiotics. The complication rate owing to surgeons at this office is extremely low when compared with laparoscopic hysterectomy statistics on a national level.
Whenever a patient has hysterectomy surgery, she must accept that there is a risk of injury from instruments used during the course of the procedure. Injuries that have been reported in association with this procedure include: puncture injuries of the bowel and bladder, burn injuries of the bowel and bladder, injuries to the ureters (the tube that runs from the kidney to the bladder), and blood vessel injuries.
Generally, as long as these injuries are recognized right away, they can be treated and corrected at the time of surgery, but they may require another specialist to operate and may, as well, require a larger incision. In the event that an injury is not recognized, however, the consequences can be more severe, and may result in permanent injury and even death.
We are very careful to warn our post-operative patients to contact us if they experience fever, severe pain, severe bleeding, or any other symptoms that might seem unusual. As long as these symptoms are evaluated, negative consequences can typically be avoided.