What are the Most Common Hysterectomy Problems?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate
Following a hysterectomy, some women experience the hot flashes usually associated with menopause.
Following a hysterectomy, some women experience the hot flashes usually associated with menopause.

Some of the most common hysterectomy problems are symptoms similar to those experienced during menopause. These may include hot flashes, headaches, and heart palpitations. Osteoporosis is another related side effect and some women may experience hysterectomy problems involving joint inflammation and pain, such as arthritis.

A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. This operation generally causes the most problems in women. Due to the hormonal changes that typically occur and cessation of monthly periods, a woman may experience many of the same symptoms as she would during menopause, regardless of her age.

Loss of estrogen from a hysterectomy may cause thinning hair.
Loss of estrogen from a hysterectomy may cause thinning hair.

Along with hot flashes, problems related to a total or complete hysterectomy may include mood swings, insomnia and irritability. The woman may also become anxious or depressed. As with women experiencing menopause, she may also be at a higher risk for developing diabetes.

A partial hysterectomy involves removal of only the uterus. The woman's ovaries will remain during a partial procedure. Partial hysterectomies will typically not produce symptoms as severe as a complete hysterectomy. In the case of a partial where the uterus is removed, the ovaries will not receive the normal amount of blood flow. This may cause fatigue in some women, and other symptoms as well. Some women may develop urinary tract infections or even incontinence.

A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

There are several other hysterectomy problems that some women experience after surgery. One common complaint is vaginal dryness and sexual issues. This may include decreased libido and less heightened sensitivity or pleasure from sex. Some women who have severe vaginal dryness after a hysterectomy may find that sex is often painful. Bleeding or spotting may be another side effect. The patient's physician may recommend hormone replacement therapy in some cases.

Osteoporosis is a related side effect and some women may experience hysterectomy problems involving joint inflammation and pain.
Osteoporosis is a related side effect and some women may experience hysterectomy problems involving joint inflammation and pain.

Other hysterectomy problems might include gaining weight or feeling somewhat bloated. The patient may notice the excess weight has particularly developed in the area of the abdomen. This could be due to a decreased level of estrogen after the procedure. Dietary changes may be recommended in such a case, as well as regular exercise.

Another typical side effect associated with a hysterectomy is thinning hair or hair loss. Because of the reduced levels of estrogen and other hormonal changes, a woman who has had a hysterectomy may find that her hair is not as thick or lustrous as it was prior to surgery. She may even find some bald patches or loss of hair completely. She may have the option of hormone replacement therapy under a doctor's supervision and recommendation.

Discussion Comments

shancara

It has been nearly three weeks since I had a full hysterectomy. Everything fine till last night and I noticed fresh blood on a sanitary towel. Is this normal or should I consult with my gp?

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    • Following a hysterectomy, some women experience the hot flashes usually associated with menopause.
      By: roboriginal
      Following a hysterectomy, some women experience the hot flashes usually associated with menopause.
    • Loss of estrogen from a hysterectomy may cause thinning hair.
      By: Barabas Attila
      Loss of estrogen from a hysterectomy may cause thinning hair.
    • A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
      By: blueringmedia
      A complete hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
    • Osteoporosis is a related side effect and some women may experience hysterectomy problems involving joint inflammation and pain.
      By: peterjunaidy
      Osteoporosis is a related side effect and some women may experience hysterectomy problems involving joint inflammation and pain.
    • Some women may experience fatigue following a hysterectomy.
      By: WavebreakMediaMicro
      Some women may experience fatigue following a hysterectomy.
    • Hysterectomy problems may include mood swings and irritability.
      By: pressmaster
      Hysterectomy problems may include mood swings and irritability.
    • Many problems associated with a hysterectomy are the same symptoms experienced during menopause.
      By: rob3000
      Many problems associated with a hysterectomy are the same symptoms experienced during menopause.