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Does your gynecologist advice you to undergo abdominal hysterectomy because of some uterine problems? Are you overweight or obese? If your doctor is advising you to undergo hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus through surgical means, then you should be aware that obesity may increase your risk for complications associated with this procedure.

According to a recent study published by Human Reproduction in April 2011, obesity may increase your risk for post-hysterectomy complications such as bleeding and infection. In fact, women with a high BMI value who had abdominal hysterectomy are one and a half times more prone to have this problem compared their normal-weighing counterparts.

In this study, the researchers gathered the records of women who had hysterectomy from 2004 to 2009 in Denmark and tried to analyze the health and lifestyle factors that may have increased their risk for post-surgical complications during the first thirty days after the procedure.

Out of the 20,353 women, approximately six percent has a BMI less than 20, almost thirty two percent were overweight and almost eighteen percent were considered obese. The most common complications noted after hysterectomy were bleeding, which happened in almost seven percent of cases and over rate of complications noted in the said population is seventeen percent.

And what did they found after analyzing their data? They have discovered that obesity is one of the greatest risk factors for hemorrhage during the surgical procedure and this is closely followed by the post-operative infections. Interestingly, women with an underweight BMI also had problems with the same set of complications. However, patients who are considered overweight do not have these problems after their surgical procedure.

Thus, the researchers of this study suggest that women who are having problems with their weight should undergo less invasive types of hysterectomy such as the vaginal or the laparoscopic type of hysterectomy in order to avoid the said complications.


Human Reproduction; Body mass and risk of complications after hysterectomy on benign indications; Osler, M. et al.; April 2011

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