Can a hysterectomy damage the bladder?

Can a hysterectomy damage the bladder?

Bladder and urethral injuries are frequent during operation. After hysterectomy, the most common complication is pelvic floor dysfunction. The injury of pelvic floor muscle and nerve tissue is inevitable during operation, such as urinary incontinence after operation.

Can a hysterectomy cause neurogenic bladder?

We studied bladder and urethral function prospectively in 64 patients before and after Wertheim’s radical hysterectomy. Immediately after surgery, neurogenic bladder dysfunction of various degrees was found in 70% of all patients who presented difficulty of voiding, with high residual urine and/or stress incontinence.

What makes a hysterectomy radical?

In a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, cervix, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes, and nearby tissue are removed. These procedures are done using a low transverse incision or a vertical incision.

What do they do to your bladder during a hysterectomy?

In gynecologic surgery, bladder injury most commonly occurs during abdominal hysterectomy. The bladder can be injured at four specific sites. If a bladder injury is noted at this time, it usually can be easily managed by a two- or three-layer closure with absorbable suture and Foley catheter bladder drainage.

How do you tell if your bladder is damaged?


  1. Lower abdominal pain.
  2. Abdominal tenderness.
  3. Bruising at the site of injury.
  4. Blood in the urine.
  5. Bloody urethral discharge.
  6. Difficulty beginning to urinate or inability to empty the bladder.
  7. Leakage of urine.
  8. Painful urination.

How long does it take for bladder to heal after hysterectomy?

You may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. It’s important to avoid lifting while you are recovering so that you can heal.

How long does your bladder hurt after hysterectomy?

This can certainly vary based on each person and situation but we give a general timeframe of 3 months. A hysterectomy is an invasive surgery so it naturally requires downtime and will come with some residual pain and discomfort.

Is a total hysterectomy the same as a radical hysterectomy?

A total hysterectomy removes the whole uterus and cervix. A radical hysterectomy removes the whole uterus, tissue on the sides of the uterus, the cervix, and the top part of the vagina. Radical hysterectomy is generally only done when cancer is present.