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Total hysterectomy and complications

By Anonymous October 18, 2016 - 4:27am
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I recently had a total hysterectomy done that remove my cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. The surgery was set to only be an hour to an hour and a half long I ended up being in the operating room for more than four and a half to 5 hours the surgeon punctured my bladder and I was required to go home with a Foley catheter bag. Since the surgery I have been in massive amounts of pain I just don't feel right when they took the staples out last Friday. My future was still open after the staples being in for more than 12 days. I'm very confused how everything could have went so wrong so quickly with the surgery. The doctor had an absolutely terrible bedside manner and although I'm willing to look past the bedside manner I am concerned about the long-term effects on my bladder and the long-term effects of a hysterectomy that looks like someone cut me with kindergarten scissors. What are some of the things that I should question or look out for in order to make sure that my surgery was done correctly and professionally.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community to share your experience and for guidance. I am sorry to hear about how awful you are feeling.

To be honest, there is no way for you to find out the details of the surgery. Nor will you be privy to any errors except to know that your bladder was punctured. Even if you can get a copy of the operative report, I don't think you will find any revealing information.

Injury to the bladder and intestines is a risk associated with a hysterectomy.

Bladder injuries occur in up to 2% of hysterectomy cases.

In vaginal hysterectomy, the bladder can be perforated during entry into the anterior cul-de-sac.

In abdominal hysterectomy, injury can occur when the peritoneum is opened or during dissection of the bladder off the lower uterine segment, cervix, and upper vagina.

Although most of these complications are corrected during the procedure, postoperative incontinence due to bladder injury during surgery is commonly reported.

Referencing the website of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis,
"Lower urinary tract injury during gynecologic surgery is relatively uncommon. Bladder injuries are the most frequent urologic injury inadvertently caused by a surgeon. Bladder injuries usually are recognized and repaired immediately, and potential complications are typically minor."

Anonymous, were you told if the puncture was repaired? Were you told the prognosis, or whether you can expect any long term effects? Have you spoken with the surgeon and reported the amount of pain you are having since the staples were removed?

Do not hesitate to reach out to the surgeon with any concerns.


October 18, 2016 - 8:27am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I have had a complete hysterectomy due to reoccurring adhesions and fibroid tumors attaching my uterus to my colon. Is there a possibility of me still having these tumors and adhesions even though I've had the hysterectomy. I have continuous pain in my bottom. I went for a pap but Dr said not time. I had side pain that also cannot be diagnosed. I've had 2 exploratory surgeries through the navel and the specialist says he will not do surgery again due to I've had 6 due to adhesions and kidney stones. I worry about the adhesions and tumors

July 9, 2017 - 9:29am
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