Uterus removal surgery or hysterectomy is a serious and a major surgery. Hospitalisation is required for five days after surgery. It might take around 6 to 8 weeks to recover fully. Recovery times can also vary depending on the type of hysterectomy. This procedure also comes with a risk of complications during and post-surgery. Also, hysterectomy is also linked with a few age-linked changes.
Can a hysterectomy cause any complications?
Generally, uterus removal surgery is very safe, but with any major surgery comes the risk of complications. Risks associated with an abdominal hysterectomy include blood clots, infection, etc.
The short-term effects of a hysterectomy can be bleeding, pain and hormonal fluctuations. Laparoscopic procedure may have a lower risk of complications.
The complications during the procedure can be bladder or bowel damage, vaginal problems, ovary failure, vaginal problems, ureter damage, etc.
According to an article published in the North American Menopause Society, especially in women with hysterectomy after 35 years of age, there is an increased long-term risk of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions.
However, as per a study published in The Ochsner Journal stated that major intraoperative complication rate was 3.9%, and the major postoperative complication rate was 4.7%, referring to a good success rate of the operation.
Will a uterus removal surgery lead to age-related changes?
Yes. In cases of a hysterectomy, if the ovaries are also removed, it could cause hormonal changes depending on whether the person is premenopausal or postmenopausal, leading to an increased risk of age-related issues like bone loss, memory loss, and more. The removal of ovaries leads to menopause, leading to a drastic reduction in estrogen. The sudden loss of estrogen can lead to other health issues, like coronary heart disease, stroke, and depression.
Furthermore, research states that the women who had premenopausal hysterectomy must closely monitor the bone density or cardiovascular risk factors as this procedure has a possible risk of early ovarian failure.
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