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While not common, possible complications from a hysterectomy include but are not limited to:

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Infection

  • An injury to the bowel or bladder

  • An injury to nerves that regulate the bladder, causing either incontinence or overfilling of the bladder

  • A blood clot in the veins of the legs (called deep venous thrombosis). If such a clot floats out of the leg and lodges in the lungs, it is a more dangerous complication called a pulmonary embolism.

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