Complications caused by hysterectomy surgery can include blood clots in the legs or lungs, infection, severe bleeding, adverse anesthesia reactions, and damage to urinary and pelvic organs that may require additional surgery, notes Mayo Clinic. Early menopause may occur, even if the ovaries are not removed.
Women who are obese or who have high blood pressure or diabetes face higher surgical risks, according to Mayo Clinic. Emotional reactions to hysterectomy may range from a sense of loss or depression to a feeling of improved health and well-being, depending on why the surgery was done. Vaginal hysterectomy has less risk than the abdominal procedure, explains the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.