Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Seeking Medical Advice Post Surgery
Most women recover well after a laparoscopic hysterectomy but complications of surgery can occur – these include rare accidental damage to the organs lying close to the womb, such as the bladder and bowel, and this risk will be explained during consent for the operation. The rate of complication is less than 1%. When you go home we would like you to contact us in the following situations:
- If you develop a temperature – this could be a sign of infection.
- If you have pain or burning when passing urine – this could indicate a urine infection.
- A smelly vaginal discharge or bleeding starting again after it appears to have stopped – this could be an infection at the top of the vagina or a small collection of blood called a haematoma.
- Redness/pain and/or discharge around your skin wounds – this may indicate an infection.
- Increased pain in your tummy or vomiting, particularly associated with a temperature. This could be a sign of damage to the bowel or bladder and needs immediate attention.
- Pain or swelling and redness of your calf or pain in your chest and sudden shortness of breath. This can be a sign of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of a pulmonary embolism (PE) and needs immediate attention and you should contact your local A&E department for advice.