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Study: Pain And Complications Common Post Hysterectomy

A C-section, or caesarean section, can increase the risk of repeat surgeries in women who have hysterectomies after delivery. That’s according to a study published earlier in August, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which said delivering a baby through c-section increases the risk of repeat operations when hysterectomies are performed after the c-section.

A hysterectomy is generally the recommended treatment for medical conditions like endometriosis, uterine cancer and bleeding conditions.

Dr. Nichole Mahnert is a gynecological surgeon at Banner in Phoenix. She works with women who have problems of bleeding, fibroids or pain after a hysterectomy.

Manhert's study that found one in 11 women return to the emergency room after surgery, complaining of pain and other symptoms.

“So, we were trying to tease out those visits where we could make an intervention potentially or an impact and prevent those visits from happening,” Mahnert said. "A lot of this is surrounding counseling before the surgery, so helping patients to be more informed about the entire process from when they enter the hospital, what to expect during surgery, and really importantly, what to expect after surgery."

Mahnert said approximately 400,000 to 500,000 hysterectomies are performed nationwide each year. Her goal is to increase counseling and patient care to reduce emergency room visits.

Manhert’s study sampled women in Michigan, where she worked previously. She is now planning to replicate her study in Arizona to see if there’s a regional difference or trend to emergency room visits post surgery.

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