Generally, hysterectomies are considered very safe and are extremely common, notes Healthline. A hysterectomy is considered a major surgery and does come with certain risks, such as a rare adverse reaction to anesthesia. Other risks include damage to surrounding tissues and organs, particularly the bladder, intestines and blood vessels.
A vaginal hysterectomy includes risks such as blood clots in the legs or lungs, heavy bleeding and infection, according to Mayo Clinic. Risks during surgery increase for women who are obese, diabetic or who have high blood pressure. A robotic assisted laparascopic hysterectomy has the same types of risks as a vaginal hysterectomy, but the patient is under anesthesia longer which may slightly increase the risk of an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, states John Hopkins.