(HealthDay News) -- A hysterectomy may be recommended for cases of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic support problems, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic cancer, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.
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Hysterectomies can be done vaginally, abdominally or laparoscopically. Vaginal hysterectomies tend to cause the fewest complications, the college says.
The procedure does carry potential risks, the college adds, including:
- Fever and infection.
- Heavy bleeding during or after surgery.
- Injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs.
- Blood clots in the leg that can travel to the lungs.
- Breathing or heart problems related to anesthesia.
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